A new unit within the Justice Department is being established to deal with the process of stripping citizenship from foreign-born individuals who fraudulently obtained citizenship by not revealing past convictions for serious crimes, Fox News is reporting.
The news network noted past offenses can include terrorism and war crimes.
The new DOJ section is being set up to denaturalize those who did not disclose their involvement in criminal activity on their N-400 form for naturalization.
"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 new 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."
Fox News said there has been an increase in such cases as a result of increased efforts to uncover fraud. In addition, the increase can also be linked to Operation Janus aimed at identifying hundreds of thousands of cases where paper fingerprint data was not entered into the centralized fingerprint database. And a number of cases also involve those initially denied U.S. entry only to reenter under a false identity.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration is expected to allow more than 100,000 seasonal guest workers into the United States this year, an increase of 45,000 over the standard that's part of the H-2B visa program.
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