Denying Citizenship: Immigration Enforcement and Citizenship Rights in the United States
Posted: 15 Oct 2019 Last revised: 6 Apr 2020
Date Written: October 3, 2019
In the current era of intensified immigration enforcement and heightened risks of deportation even for long-term lawful permanent residents, citizenship has taken on a new meaning and greater importance. There is also growing evidence that citizenship denials in their various forms have become inextricably linked to immigration enforcement. Who is denied citizenship, why, and under what circumstances? This article begins to address these questions by developing a typology of citizen denials and providing an empirical overview of each type of citizenship denial. Taken together, the typology of citizenship denials and the accompanying empirical overview illustrate the close connection between immigration enforcement and citizenship rights in the United States.
Keywords: citizenship, immigration enforcement, naturalization, denaturalization, deportation
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