Top Story: Amendment Would Streamline Citizenship Revocation

An amendment to the National Defense Authorization bill would grant the Secretary of Homeland Security the power to unilaterally strip American citizens of their citizenship. The amendment, introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham, directs the Secretary to develop a process “for determining if a person shall lose the person’s United States nationality.” The Secretary would have sole control over this process, and the amendment makes no provision for any additional trial or due process.

Graham’s amendment does not substantially alter the conditions under which a person can be stripped of citizenship, nor does it preclude a review of any loss of citizenship. It does, however, centralize the authority to do so in the Department of Homeland Security.

The amendment is still being reviewed by the House Armed Services Committee, the members of which are best positioned to oppose it.