Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

State Department Strips Man of U.S. Citizenship Granted During Childhood

"Abdo Hizam says he has always tried to be a good American. Born in 1980 in a small village in Yemen
to a Yemeni-American father, Mr. Hizam received an American passport
through a law that provides citizenship to the children of Americans.  He moved to Dearborn, Mich., when he was 9 to live with his grandparents
and embraced his new world. He gave up his Yemeni citizenship. He
graduated from high school and earned a business degree at a local
college. He worked for years at a local restaurant, and he opened a
small grocery store. Throughout, he rooted passionately for the Detroit
Lions.  But last year, his life was suddenly upended. The State Department told
him that he had received his citizenship in error in 1990. The mistake
had been no fault of his or his parents, officials said, but rather a
bureaucratic blunder by the government.  Still, the State Department said it could not fix the mistake. Officials