Apologies for not posting in a while. The Quarterly Publication of Individuals Who Have Chosen to Expatriate for Q2 2017 has just been placed on public inspection for publication in Thursday’s Federal Register, four days later than required by law.
By my count, this list contains the names of 1,759 people who renounced or relinquished US citizenship under any paragraph of 8 USC § 1481(a), as compared to 1,185 renunciants (under 1481(a)(5) only) added to NICS in April, May, and June (update, 4 August 2017: and another 329 in July). The number of names in the Federal Register continues to show an upward trend, with the four-quarter moving average rising by 48% from 1,026 a year ago to 1,517 as of this quarter.
Homeland pundits continue to misunderstand what’s driving these numbers: witness this Orlando Sentinel op-ed, which tries to blame the Q4 2016 spike on Trump’s election and other issues which are of great interest to Homelanders but are hardly the centre of attention for citizens of other countries who have lived abroad most of their lives. In fact, it wasn’t until this quarter’s list that we finally started seeing names of people who verifiably gave up US citizenship since Trump’s win — for example Chris Hart, who became a citizen of Japan sometime around March, and whose name shows up at page 15 of the public inspection PDF. However, this quarter’s list also contains names from other Certificates of Loss of Nationality which took as long as four years to finish working their way through the system.