by liberal japonicus
Wanted to riff a bit off of something that has come up in Sebastian's thread on court packing, which is Russell saying "Win elections. There is no substitute." Which had me think about this Jamelle Bouie piece (via LGM), where something the Count mentioned stood out:
Under the Trump administration, even naturalized citizens are now a target. The government agency that oversees immigration applications is hiring lawyers and immigration officers to review cases of immigrants suspected of obtaining citizenship through fake identities or other false information on their applications. Cases would be referred to the Department of Justice, where offenders could lose their citizenship or legal status.
“We finally have a process in place to get to the bottom of all these bad cases and start denaturalizing people who should not have been naturalized in the first place,” L. Francis Cissna, director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said in an interview with the Associated Press last month. “What we’re looking at, when you boil it all down, is potentially a few thousand cases.”
The small scale of this effort belies its significance. As a country, the United States makes few distinctions between naturalized citizens and their native-born counterparts. The naturalization process, which includes long-term residents with deep ties to the U.S., is assumed to be permanent. This new task force on denaturalization throws that permanence into question, bringing suspicion on anyone who received their citizenship through means other than birth.
I've got a number of things to say about this, but I'll just start this off by noting that winning elections can be viewed as reducing the number of them. That suggests that it also means getting behind proposals mentioned by Nigel from here, such as
The list of those changes is dizzying. Grant statehood to D.C. and Puerto Rico, and break California in seven, with the goal of adding 16 new Democrats to the Senate. Expand the Supreme Court and the federal courts, packing them with liberal judges. Move to multi-member House districts to roll back the effects of partisan gerrymandering. Pass a new Voting Rights Act, including nationwide automatic voter registration, felon enfranchisement and an end to voter ID laws. Grant citizenship to millions of undocumented immigrants, creating a host of new Democratic-leaning voters: “Republicans have always feared that immigration would change the character of American society. Democrats should reward them with their very worst nightmare.”
It's interesting that the discussion of breaking up California moved to questions of the electoral college. One would assume that it is not simply to win the presidential election, it would be to change the complexion of the House in a way that would make it more hospitable to progressive notions.
But my main focus is taking away citizenship and if anyone is as horrified as I am about it. Or is it just another day in the US?