The Justice Department is asking a court to revoke the citizenship of four Minnesota residents originally from Somalia, saying they lied on their visa applications when they came to the U.S.
All four have become citizens since arriving in Minnesota in 2001.
Fosia Abdi Adan of Eden Prairie, now 51, came to the U.S. under the diversity lottery visa program, which President Trump said last week should be eliminated.
The Justice Department says Adan then got visas for three people she falsely claimed were her husband and their two sons. The court papers filed Monday say all four immigrants used fake names on their visa applications.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the move to revoke their citizenship, saying enforcement has to be taken against immigration fraud to keep it from multiplying.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said in a statement: "Fraudulently obtained citizenship is an affront to our American values, the rule of law, and all those who honestly attained their immigration status.”
'Husband' living in St. Cloud
The Justice Department says the man who claimed to be Adan's husband, Ahmed Mohamed Warsame, was never really married to her but filed for divorce soon after moving to Minnesota.
Immigration fraud investigators took a new look at the case when Warsame later tried to bring his real wife and their four children to the U.S., the Associated Press reports.
A State Department agent reported Warsame, who lives in St. Cloud, eventually admitted to using false documents to enter the U.S., the AP says.
The complaint filed Monday also names Mustaf Abdi Adan, 33, and Faysal Jama Mire, 31, who claimed to be the sons of Adan and Warsame.
What happens next?
No one is charged with a crime in this case.
Instead, the Justice Department has launched a process called "denaturalization," which would revoke the citizenship of the four people named in the complaint.
As FindLaw explains, people who are American citizens can't be deported – but if their citizenship is taken away, they can be.
Meanwhile, the program that Adan used to enter the U.S. is under new scrutiny since it was revealed that the suspect in last week's New York terrorist attack also entered on a diversity lottery visa.