At the end of February, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a huge step towards keeping America safe from undesirables who have become naturalized citizens.
“The Department of Justice today announced the creation of a section dedicated to investigating and litigating revocation of naturalization,” the DOJ said in a press release. “This move underscores the Department’s commitment to bring justice to terrorists, war criminals, sex offenders, and other fraudsters who illegally obtained naturalization.”
The office is called the Denaturalization Section.
Naturalized citizens are those granted legal U.S. citizenship under the the Immigration and Nationality Act.
“When a terrorist or sex offender becomes a U.S. citizen under false pretenses, it is an affront to our system—and it is especially offensive to those who fall victim to these criminals,” Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt said. “The Denaturalization Section will further the Department’s efforts to pursue those who unlawfully obtained citizenship status and ensure that they are held accountable for their fraudulent conduct.”
The DOJ will target terrorists and other national security threats, war criminals, human rights violators, and sex offenders for denaturalization.
The news of the creation of the new DOJ office comes less than a month after an Iraqi Al-Qaeda member, accused of terrorism in his home country, was discovered living in Arizona. He came to the United States as a refugee in 2008, and became a citizen in 2018.
“According to a statement, a warrant was issued for the arrest of 42-year-old Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri on Wednesday,” Fox10 Phoenix reported.
“Justice officials accuse Al-Nouri of being a leader of a group of Al-Qaeda terrorists in Al-Fallujah, Iraq which planned operations targeting the Iraqi police force,” the report continued.
It said that Al-Nouri and other al-Qaeda members were accused of assassinating two Iraqi police officers in Fallujah in June and October of 2006.
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