Can the U.S. government force you to sign a document that strips you of your nationality? Longstanding legal precedent says U.S. citizens can end U.S. citizenship only "with the intention of relinquishing United States nationality." However, several cases have emerged where the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (C&BP) agency has coerced native-born U.S. citizens into signing away their birthright.
Take Brenda Vazquez, born in the United States in 1982 and thus a U.S. citizen from birth. On Feb. 19, 2012, Vasquez returned to the United States from a visit to Mexico, crossing the U.S. border at the Brownsville international bridge.