For Immediate Release

February 6, 2020

Contact: Amber Qureshi, aqureshi@nipnlg.org

The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild filed a lawsuit on behalf of immigration attorney Matthew Hoppock against the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to obtain transparency over the government’s denaturalization efforts. This suit comes after USCIS failed to provide a single document in response to three Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests filed by Matthew Hoppock in 2018.

Denaturalization cases are on the rise under this administration. U.S. citizens who have been naturalized for decades are suddenly being investigated by USCIS and then stripped of their citizenship without adequate due process. Very little is publicly known about how these investigations are being conducted, who is being targeted, and how much resources are being utilized by these efforts.

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“The federal government is attempting to systematically strip the citizenship of naturalized U.S. citizens and do that while shrouded in secrecy.”
—Amber Qureshi, NIPNLG

“This administration’s assaults on immigrants do not end with non-citizens. The federal government is attempting to systematically strip the citizenship of naturalized U.S. citizens and do that while shrouded in secrecy. We cannot let that happen,” said Amber Qureshi, Yale Law Journal Justine Wise Polier Fellow at NIPNLG.

“For decades the United States has reserved its denaturalization authority for only those cases that warranted such an extreme result. Some years the government has filed no such cases. This Administration’s public pronouncements about its plans to denaturalize thousands of citizens, to strip them of the status some hold most dear, raise important questions that deserve answers. That is especially so when it says it will use this one-rarely-invoked power to target individuals born in specific countries,” said Matthew Hoppock. “The Freedom of Information Act gives the public the power to learn what the government is up to. And when the government ignores FOIA requests about important topics like denaturalization, unfortunately our only option is to pursue these claims in federal court.”

Through this lawsuit, Matthew Hoppock and NIPNLG hope to provide much-needed transparency over the federal government’s efforts to strip naturalized citizens of their citizenship.

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