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When can the government revoke your naturalized citizenship?

Citizenship in the U.S. is priceless. People all around the world overcome enormous obstacles to obtain it. Once granted, citizenship is permanent and cannot be revoked for subsequent misdeeds.

Naturalized citizens cannot lose their citizenship except in rare cases and quite limited circumstances:

Federal judge orders DACA program reinstated into law

When President Trump chose to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program last year, his legal team claimed that the administration needed to end the program. It was under threat of legal challenges brought by ten states, they said. A federal judge has just ruled that reasoning was in error.

The DACA program was created in 2012 by an executive order under the Obama Administration. It provides protection from deportation, Social Security numbers and work authorization to some 700,000 qualifying immigrants. To qualify, the immigrants had to be brought to the U.S. as minor children before a specific date, have lived in the U.S. continuously since then, have no criminal record and pose no threat, and participate in education or military service.

DHS chief: Citizenship on the table in current DACA negotiations

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said recently that the Trump administration may support a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. President Trump had previously said that he did not support citizenship as an option. Secretary Nielsen emphasized that no decision has yet been made -- and that building a border wall remains the administration's top priority.

Last year, Trump announced that he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The program, which offers protection from deportation and work authorization to qualifying Dreamers, was originally put in place by an executive order issued by President Obama. Trump has said that he prefers a legislative solution and gave Congress until late March to develop one.

Deported Marine regains his US permanent residency after 15 years

"One of the things I wanted to let my kids know is they did have a father and I did not plan to leave them," says Marco C. The former U.S. Marine was deported 15 years ago after what he claims was a wrongful animal cruelty conviction. He served 15 months in prison and was later deported.

He had been a lawful permanent resident, but that status can be stripped from green card holders for certain criminal convictions, including those involving violence.

Homeland Security finds 4 detention centers violate standards

The Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General's Office has just issued a report about immigrant detention centers. It found "significant issues" in four centers, including insufficient hygiene and medical care, potentially unsafe food, and inhumane treatment.

The four centers that failed to meet federal standards are located in New Mexico, California, Georgia and New Jersey. Not all of the problems occurred at every facility but, according to NPR, the report found:

Supreme Court allows enforcement of Trump's travel ban for now

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary ruling allowing President Trump's travel ban to be enforced while its constitutionality is assessed. The ban applies to at least some residents of eight countries: Libya, Somalia, Chad, Syria, Yemen, Iran, Venezuela and North Korea.

In November, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard a challenge about the constitutionality of this version of the ban. The appellate preliminarily concluded that the ban was allowable as long as it did not apply to people with a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." That was defined as meaning most first-degree family relationships and certain existing business or government relationships. The 9th Circuit was scheduled to hear arguments for a permanent ruling this week. The 4th Circuit is also set to hear arguments on the issue.

CBP accused of separating asylum seekers from their children

Five Central Americans recently came to the U.S. seeking asylum or refugee status, bringing several children and grandchildren with them. They were arrested near ports of entry in El Paso, according to federal court records.

At the time of their arrest, their children were taken from them by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. Those children are now being held in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, but their parents and grandparent have not been told exactly where they are.

Will Congress replace DACA anytime soon?

For Congress, the Thanksgiving break leaves a number of questions unanswered. Most will be concerned over the debate that will ensue over tax reform, but perhaps the most important unanswered question will be about immigration reform.

President Trump announced in September that the administration would not renew the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that provided legal protections for so many undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. The ostensive rationale was to give Congress an opportunity to create legislation that would take the place of the Obama-era program. 

Louisiana sees drop in international students

It appears that international student enrollment may be on the decline in Louisiana. As part of its 2017 Open Doors report, the Institute of International Education put out fact sheets on the states. The fact sheet for Louisiana puts the number of international students in the state at 7,698.

This is 1.7 percent lower than the total from the previous year’s report. This drop represents a fairly dramatic reversal in trends for the state. For, as we noted in a post, last year’s report pointed to Louisiana experiencing a large (14 percent) increase in foreign students.

Ending of TPS protections for Nicaraguans announced

Certain things could leave a foreign national staying here in the U.S. concerned about their future in the country. One such thing is an immigration program that provided them with benefits ending. There are a variety of impacts losing such benefits could have. In some instances, they could lead to a person facing deportation in the future.

When an immigrant’s future is thrown up in the air by an immigration program's end, it is can be very important for them to have a firm understanding of their situation and what they can do in response to losing the program’s benefits. In some instances, there may be alternate routes available for pursuing their immigration aims. So, when facing a loss of U.S. immigration benefits, an immigrant may want to promptly discuss their situation with a knowledgeable immigration lawyer.