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Canada May Strip Terrorists of Citizenship, Will America Be Next?

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On February 8, 2013 @ 11:34 am In The Point | 9 Comments


90 percent of these nonsensical debates about drone strikes on terrorists with US passports would not be an issue if the United States just went back to denaturalizing people who wage war against it.

The United States used to denaturalize deserters, but then the Warren Court decided that qualified as “Cruel and Unusual Punishment.”

Canada seems to be leading these days [2]. Might be a good idea to start thinking about denaturalizing Al Qaeda members engaged in wars abroad.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says the Conservative government wants to give Ottawa the power to revoke citizenship from Canadians who go abroad to commit terrorism or acts of war against this country.

His comments come a day after Ottawa confirmed that a Canadian dual national based in Lebanon has been linked to the bombing of a bus filled with Israeli tourists in Bulgaria last year.

Mr. Kenney said he thinks Canadians back the move even though they support allowing people to hold citizenships from countries other than Canada.

“I think where we might want to make a distinction is among those dual citizens who have completely rejected any sense of loyalty to Canada and gone out and committed … acts of war against Canada.”

This bill would bring Canada in line with other countries such as Australia and the United States who already have similar policies in place.

While technically this is true, the United States only tends to denaturalize for blatant immigration fraud. Some ex-Nazis have been denaturalized, but terrorists and terrorist affiliated persons have rarely been denautralized [3].The procedure is difficult and complicated.

Lieberman’s Terrorist Expatriation Act would have added “joining a foreign terrorist organization or engaging in or supporting hostilities against the United States” to the list of reasons for denaturalization, but the left and the libertarian right threw their predictably hissy fits and the bill went nowhere. Those same people also throw hissy fits when a terrorist with US citizenship gets killed on the battlefield, so it’s a no-win scenario with them.

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[2] Canada seems to be leading these days: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/if-you-commit-terrorism-you-should-lose-canadian-citizenship-kenney/article8289679/

[3] have rarely been denautralized: http://www.cis.org/Upholding-the-Value-of-Our-Citizenship-Threats-Should-Be-Denaturalized

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