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The immigration system is in crisis. Long lines of asylum seekers at the border and immigrants in the interior spend years waiting for their day in immigration court. This is true in the agencies that process appli- cations for immigration benefits from legal immigrants as well. Since 2016, delays in naturalization have increased to historic proportions. The problem is even worse for military naturalizations, where delays are ac- companied by denials and overall declines in military naturalizations. It is the latest front in the battle on legal migration and citizenship. These impediments to citizenship demonstrate an extreme form of policies collectively dubbed the “second wall.” These policies are ani- mated by mistrust of foreigners and immigrant restrictionism, bureau- cratic bungling and institutional neglect for service members, and overre- liance on national security justifications. These changes affront civil and voting rights for immigrants, diminish military enlistment, and under- mine the institutions of citizenship and democracy. This Article docu- ments barriers to citizenship. More specifically, it analyzes the causes and consequences of citizenship denials in general and military naturali- zation. It offers solutions that bolster immigrants, the military, and the meaning of citizenship.

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Denver University Law Review