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Bid to strip terrorist's citizenship may mark new Trump way

FILE - In this June 30, 2016 file photo, the Brooklyn Bridge spans the East River from Brooklyn into Manhattan, as seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park, in New York. The Department of Justice has taken the rare step of seeking to strip a convicted terrorist, Iyman Faris, 47, of his U.S. citizenship as he serves the last several years of a 20-year prison sentence for plotting to destroy New York's Brooklyn Bridge. Some national security experts suggested Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the move might signal a new, tougher line under President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

FILE - In this June 30, 2016 file photo, the Brooklyn Bridge spans the East River from Brooklyn into Manhattan, as seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park, in New York. The Department of Justice has taken the rare step of seeking to strip a convicted terrorist, Iyman Faris, 47, of his U.S. citizenship as he serves the last several years of a 20-year prison sentence for plotting to destroy New York's Brooklyn Bridge. Some national security experts suggested Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the move might signal a new, tougher line under President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Department of Justice has taken the rare step of trying to strip a convicted terrorist of U.S. citizenship in what some critics say could mark a new, tougher line under President Donald Trump.

Pakistani-born Iyman Faris is serving the last years of a 20-year sentence imposed in 2003 for plotting with al-Qaida to destroy New York's Brooklyn Bridge.

A government filing Monday in Illinois where the former Ohio truck driver is imprisoned launched the bid to revoke his citizenship. Among other things, it says Faris lacked a commitment to principles in the U.S. Constitution.

New York-based terrorism scholar Karen Greenberg says the move appears to be a method to add on an extra punishment. She says she fears it's also a signal Trump is "redefining" the country as "anti-immigration."