The Trump administration is taking a page out of the Red Scare playbook, and he’s created a Denaturalization Task Force. This task force will be in charge of finding naturalized citizens in the US and actually STRIPPING them of their US citizenship. The last time this was done by the federal government was when Joseph McCarthy led the Red Scare, but Trump liked that so much he decided to copy those techniques. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.


You know one of the things that I’ve learned from the Trump administration is that you should never ever think that well, things can’t get any worse, because Donald Trump will always do whatever it takes to prove to you that he’s going to continue to make things worse. On July 5th, the day after the 4th of July, where everybody’s celebrating how great America is, it was revealed that not only is the Trump administration trying to end a program by which immigrants can come into the United States, serve in our armed forces, protecting our country, and then they get citizenship. He’s trying to end that because no reason really, but he’s also created several weeks ago a de-naturalization task force here in the United States.

Here is what the de-naturalization task force is going to be doing. They’re going to be going through immigration records and naturalization records which are people who’ve come to the United States. They went through the legal process. They did everything correctly, and they became US citizens. His little task force is going to go through and start flagging people who are US citizens and saying we’re going to revoke you. We’re going to revoke you, we’re going to revoke you.

They’re going to strip people of their US citizenship just so that they can deport them. These are people who went through the background checks. They passed all the tests. They did everything necessary, and now this administration wants to strip them of their US citizenship, strip American soldiers of their US citizenship as well, just so we can ship them back home, for no reason whatsoever other than for Trump to pander to his racist base.

That is what this about. 100%. Because you can’t sit there and say, as Trump has done so many times, we only want the people who come here legally, but then take the people who came here legally and strip them of their citizenship and send them back. We have passed that. That talking point that all Republicans have been throwing out recently was just proven to be a big pile of crap. They don’t believe that. They don’t want them here if they came here legally, illegally, as a child. It doesn’t matter. They want them gone.

If you’re not a white well to do dude, guess what? You’re on the chopping block right now. It doesn’t matter if you have followed the law your entire life, no matter where you came from. You came here, you got your citizenship papers. You stand up every time you hear the pledge of allegiance, you wrap yourself in the American flag. Oh well. Not good enough for the Trump administration because your skin color, your culture doesn’t match what they want to see when they walk down the street. That’s what this is about. This isn’t about people coming here legally or illegally. It’s about the color of their skin and the culture that they came from.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced