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LULAC Expresses Outrage, Commits To Aggressively Fight DOJ’s New Office To Strip Citizenship From Americans

Nation’s Oldest & Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Responds to DOJ’s New “Denaturalization Section” Created to Strip Citizenship Rights from Naturalized Immigrants

Washington, DC – Today, the League of United Latin American (LULAC) responded to the U.S. Department of Justice’s announcement that it created a new department within the agency called the “Denaturalization Section” meant to review cases involving immigrants who obtained U.S. citizenship status.

LULAC National President Domingo Garcia issued the following statement:

“LULAC is disgusted that the Trump Administration would create an office to attempt to bully, scare and intimidate Latinos and all immigrants or refugees who have gained lawful citizenship. There is no question that the government should revoke citizenship from convicted terrorists, war criminals and sex offenders. However, this new DOJ denaturalization task force was created to strip naturalized Americans of their citizenship by using new criteria that could result in thousands of Americans losing their citizenship. This new office is yet another one of Donald Trump’s and Stephen Miller’s tools to carry their Administration’s xenophobic and racist agenda. LULAC is concerned of the potential abuse by racist elements in the administration. Our organization had to file suit to stop the state of Texas from purging 98,000 naturalized U.S. citizen voters from its voter rolls in 2019.”

LULAC National CEO Sindy Benavides issued the following statement:

“The Trump-Miller Administration wants people to live in fear by continuing to push scare tactics that only further prove his alliance to a white supremacist agenda. We know that this Administration will use any excuse to deport a naturalized immigrant, even one that obtained citizenship legally, including considering smaller infractions like misstatements or small errors on the citizenship application as a basis for deportation. LULAC will be monitoring any attempt by the U.S. DOJ Denaturalization Section to violate the civil rights of our communities.”

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit