The Limits of U.S. Citzenship: INS Deportation Policy for Caribbean Offenders

Joan Mars, University of Michigan, Flint

Despuite the fact that the naturalization process requires U.S. citizens to take an Oath of Allegiance renouncing their countries of birth, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) routine deports ex-offenders of Caribbean origin to their countries of birth at the expiration of their prison sentences. This paper questions the constitutionality of this practice, and the validity of agreements between several Caribbean countries and the U.S. State Department to facilitate the deportation program. The problems faced by deportees and their families, and current attempts by the Caribbean human rights community to address this situation will also be discussed.

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Updated 05/20/2006