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Record #: Or2018-371   
Type: Order Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 7/25/2018 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Finance
Final action:
Title: Call for Corporation Counsel to join in legal actions against denaturalization efforts by President Donald Trump
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M., Solis, Daniel
Attachments: 1. Or2018-371.pdf
Related files: R2019-362

WHEREAS, under the Trump Administration, naturalized citizens of the United States of America are being deported; and

WHEREAS, The New York Times reported that denaturalization cases haven risen "more than 80 percent, as part of a campaign of aggressive immigration enforcement;" and

WHEREAS, in May of 2018, the Justice Department filed a denaturalization case against Norma Borgono who migrated from Peru in 1989, as a single mother with two children, alleging that she committed fraud when applying for citizenship by failing to disclose her role in a fraud scheme; and

WHEREAS, at the time of Ms. Borgono's application process and taking the oath of citizenship in 2007, she was not charged with a crime, and in fact, she was not charged until 2012 when she pleaded guilty to assisting her boss during a bank loan application; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Borgono cooperated with the investigators to build the case against her boss and never benefitted from the fraudulent scheme; and

WHEREAS, during her guilty plea, Ms. Borgono was not informed by the prosecutors that the guilty plea would affect her citizenship; and

WHEREAS, speaking through tears, Ms. Borgono's daughter, Ms. Rios said, "I'm trying to do the best I can to make her smile every day" and explained that they had no close family left in Peru if her mother was deported; and

WHEREAS, the Trump Administration said, "it is doing what it has always done: Prosecuting cases of fraud among 21.2 million naturalized citizens, from people suspected of war crimes, or terrorism to those in phony marriages or with false identities;" and

WHEREAS, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency that deals with residency and citizenship, has opened two (2) new offices and expanded ten (10) existing offices to investigate and recommend deportation for thousands of additional denaturalization cases; and

WHEREAS, the agency of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has submitted a request for $207....

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