Norma Borgono, a 63-year-old secretary immigrant from Peru received a letter from the U.S. government indicating that The Department of Justice was suing to “denaturalize” her as part of Trump Administration’s initiatives to revoke citizenship from individuals who committed offenses before becoming citizens. A Miami resident for 28 years, Borgono is being targeted for her minor involvement in a $24 million fraud scheme spearheaded by export firm Texon Inc. that took place in the previous decade, in which her boss pocketed money from doctored loan applications filed with the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
The Department of Justice is now arguing that Borgono lied by not divulging her criminal activity on her application. A separate effort known as Operation Janus highlights the initiatives of the Department of Homeland and Security to devote more than $207.6 million to further investigate cases if possible citizenship fraud, as well as Green Card fraud by holders of permanent residency. 300 new Homeland Security Investigations agents will be hired to complete this task according to the proposed ICE FY 2019 budget. While Borgono did not lie about her identity, the government’s case against her is built on the underlying argument that she did not disclose a previous crime on her citizenship application.