This of course is the infamous Japanese American internment provision that has not been used since the 1940s and which Chuck Schumer attempted to get repealed as part of “comprehensive” immigration reform.
“For reasons we do not understand, Aaron Schnitzler, a South Dakota state prisoner, wants to renounce his United States citizenship,” Garland wrote. “For reasons the government has failed to explain — or rather, for a host of ever-changing reasons — it has made it impossible for him to do so.”
Schnitzler is nearing the end of a 15-year sentence for sexual conduct with a child under the age of 16. Starting in about 2010, he embarked on what Garland termed a “merry-go-round” of entreaties to a variety of federal agencies, in search of his citizenship renunciation. Frustrated, he sued.
Among other arguments, the government said an in-person interview is required to request renunciation. But, since Schnitzler is incarcerated, such an interview was impossible. He’d have to wait until he was released. Not good enough, Schnitzler says.
“’I want to renounce citizenship while in prison right now!’ he said,” Garland recounted.