Passport Revocation as Proxy Denaturalization: Examining the Yemen Cases

15 Pages Posted: 2 May 2014

Date Written: April 1, 2014


This Article stems from cases handled at the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project and from mutually corroborating accounts from a number of CLEAR’s partner organizers and attorneys who are active in the Yemeni-American community in New York City and beyond. Collectively these cases and firsthand accounts paint a disturbing portrait of the U.S. Department of State attempting to circumvent the procedures and safeguards that normally must be respected in order to reach a result tantamount to the denaturalization and expatriation of a U.S. citizen.

Since the September 11, 2001, attacks, federal and local law enforcement agencies have engaged in aggressive counterterrorism, intelligence gathering, and demographic mapping practices. Authorities have also improperly employed various immigration related mechanisms to exert pressure on community members. The Yemen cases examined in this Article constitute yet another dimension of that larger pattern, simultaneously furthering the marginalization of targeted communities while evading accountability and redress mechanisms.

Keywords: immigration law, naturalization law, denaturalization, national security, counterterrorism, yemen, passport confiscation, expatriation

Suggested Citation

Kassem, Ramzi, Passport Revocation as Proxy Denaturalization: Examining the Yemen Cases (April 1, 2014). Fordham Law Review, Vol. 82, p. 2099, 2014, Available at SSRN:

Ramzi Kassem (Contact Author)

CUNY School of Law ( email )

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Long Island City, NY 11101-4356
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