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Concerns Mount Over Revoking American Citizenship For Immigrants Under Operation Janus

Cassandra Burke Robertson and Irina Manta
Hofstra University, Yanhuan Yang
Irina Manta (left), law professor at Hofstra University and Cassandra Burke Robertson (right), professor of law at Case Western University.

Over the first two years of the Trump administration, there’s been a concerted change in immigration-related policy, and much of the focus has been on increased border security, as the current government shutdown would indicate.

But there are other elements that are affecting a certain group of immigrants. Starting just about one year ago, the Department of Justice (DOJ) overhauled its database and, as part of that, approved citizenship applications from a number of years ago are being reviewed again.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says they are worried people have incomplete fingerprint files, that argument has led the DOJ to look at hundreds of thousands of citizenship cases, dramatically increasing concerns about denaturalization — or the revoking of American citizenship.

DHS has called this Operation Janus — named for the Greek god with two faces.

To talk about that, The Show reached out to law professor Cassandra Burke Robertson of Case Western Reserve University and law professor Irina Manta of Hofstra University.

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