Innocente lands the first punch again: the latest “name-and-shame list” has been placed on public inspection for printing in tomorrow’s Federal Register. You can view it here. It is, of course, nearly two weeks past the October 30th deadline for the list to be printed, but perhaps it’s because the list compiler is still getting used to her new role: Ann V. Gaudelli has moved on to bigger and better things, and the naming & shaming is now the responsibility of Dorothy A. Harbison.
The list contains 560 names, down from 1,130 last quarter. However, it remains anyone’s guess what the real number of people giving up citizenship might be. The government shutdown will likely have affected the speed at which the State Department processes Certificates of Loss of Nationality and forwards them to the IRS, just as it also caused a slowdown in the FBI’s additions to NICS in all categories (about which I will post sometime later this week).
On a closely related topic, the U.S. government is also lowballing its latest estimate of how many people file Form I-407 to give up their U.S. green cards. In a Federal Register notice in late September, USCIS projected that only 9,371 people will file Form I-407 in 2014. However, according to statistics which Shadow Raider obtained from them through an FOIA request, the average annual number of green card abandonments by Form I-407 in the past decade was 15,354 — see our earlier post about those statistics. (And of course, this number does not include people who let their green cards expire without formally abandoning them.)
Furthermore, out of five public figures known to have given up U.S. citizenship between March and June 2013, only one appeared on the list: Sharon Roulstone, a candidate for public office in the Cayman Islands. Taiwanese basketball player Quincy Davis, René González of the “Cuban Five“, Pakistani politician Fauzia Kasuri, and Hong Kong banker Marshall Nicholson failed to have their names printed.
Among earlier relinquishments, Turks & Caicos Islands Deputy Premier Akierra Missick showed up almost a year late, finally putting to rest any claims that she had faked her renunciation. However, other ex-citizens of 2012 vintage such as Japanese literature professor Donald Keene and Zurich mayor Corine Mauch still have not appeared. In total, out of the 61 public figures with Wikipedia entries who were reported in the media to have given up U.S. citizenship since 2006, 25 have never had their names printed in the Federal Register, contrasting sharply with only two or three missing names in the list’s first decade from 1996 to 2005.