So it turns out that the authorities have been deporting a small number of US born citizens by mistake without bothering to even make a simple phone call to check on their birth certificate records. This is the sort of thing that is bound to happen when we reduce or eliminate due process protections, access to legal counsel, and judicial oversight of bureaucracies. It is also likely that when we maintain separate standards for citizens and non-citizens that some citizens will find themselves improperly labeled. In the cases detailed in Taylor’s piece, this resulted in American citizens being deported in some cases, and nearly deported in others, to countries who would regard them as foreigners. In fact, if Warziniack had actually ended up in Russia the Russians would have regarded him as an illegal immigrant and he might have ended up spending years bouncing back and forth between the two countries. As it was, he spent a lot of time in detention due to the mistakes made by the immigration authorities.