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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Terror and Denaturalization

Our chapter on citizenship discusses denaturalization, the process by which the government can strip citizenship from people who obtained it through fraud or illegality.  NBC 5 in Chicago reports:
A suburban Evergreen Park woman faces possible deportation and prison time after federal officials say she lied about her terrorist past.
Rasmieh Odeh, 66, works as a social worker for the Arab American Action Network where she helps people become citizens and helps to empower women through her work with domestic-violence groups.
"All she has done is dedicate her life to racial and social justice, that's the Rasmieh Odeh I know, and that's the Rasmieh Odeh who's under attack her," Hatem Abuddayyeh said outside a Chicago federal courtroom where Odeh appeared Tuesday.
But federal investigators say in 1969 she was convicted in Israel of participating in the terrorist bombings of a supermarket and the British consulate. Only one bomb — one of two placed at the supermarket — exploded, killing the two people and wounding several others. Israeli authorities have said the attacks were planned by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
An Israeli military court sentenced Odeh to life in prison in 1970, but she was released 10 years later in a prisoner exchange with the Popular Front. Israel released 76 prisoners in exchange for an Israeli soldier captured in Lebanon, according to Odeh's indictment.
But officials say she neglected to tell U.S. officials about her past when she moved to this country from Jordan and eventually became a citizen.
Odeh faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted, deportation back to Jordan and the removal of her U.S. citizenship.