United States citizenship represents the greatest honor our nation can grant an alien. It also represents the “Keys to the kingdom” inasmuch as unlike many other countries, the United States makes no distinction between naturalized citizens and citizens who acquire their citizenship through birth. U.S. naturalized citizens have held government leadership positions including governors, judges, congressmen and high-ranking members of the armed forces.
Citizenship however, is at the precipice of being further devalued if comprehensive immigration reform is enacted thereby providing pathways to citizenship for 11 million or more illegal aliens who are currently “undocumented” and unable to provide reliable proof of their true identities. Many could pose a threat to America’s national security.
Americans and legal immigrant workers will compete with millions more newly authorized for scarce jobs. Amnesty will heavily impact America’s minority workers and hobbles America’s economy.
Shortcuts in the naturalization process that have been implemented over the past 3 decades have made it easier for aliens to acquire citizenship when, in fact, they should have been precluded.
Good moral character investigations, once a requisite for citizenship, and the requirement that aliens seeking to naturalize provide witnesses to support their claim have been discontinued.
The majority of naturalized citizens are honest, patriotic Americans. However, the lack of integrity in the naturalization process could create a national security crisis for America.
On January 25, 2013 Homeland Security Newswire, an online publication that focuses on national security, posted an article titled: “Immigration Naturalized security threats retain their U.S. citizenship”
This article was based on a Center for Immigration Studies report which focused on how a significant number of naturalized citizens have been convicted of crimes involving serious breaches of the national security including terrorism, espionage and theft of sensitive information and technology.
The report noted that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that the former Immigration and Naturalization Service and now Department of Homeland Security cannot administratively strip a naturalized citizen of his citizenship even when his application is fraudulent. De-naturalization can only be achieved through a successful criminal trial or civil lawsuit filed in federal court.
In light of the foregoing, the naturalization process must have real integrity to begin with. A massive amnesty program for millions of illegal aliens would only exacerbate the process’ lack of integrity. Efforts to clear up existing citizenship application backlogs can result in hapless adjudications officers being pressured to approve increasing numbers of applications.
Approving an immigration application takes only minutes but denying one can take days. Today, many applications are processed without in-person interviews.
While most remember the massive 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act under the Ronald Reagan administration , few realize that about ten years later, the Clinton administration created an ill-conceived program known as Citizenship USA (CUSA) that ill-advisedly pushed through more than one million citizenship applications.
The DOJ subsequently issued a report about CUSA’s fraud-ridden program that gave lawful status to many unqualified aliens.
The risks in this perilous era must not be allowed to repeat themselves.