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Supreme Court Narrows Grounds for Revoking Citizenship

Posted Jun 22, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled  in Maslenjak v. United States that in order to strip a naturalized citizen of their U.S. citizenship under 18 U.S.C. §1425(a) for lying during the naturalization process, the lie must have played a role in obtaining the citizenship. Justice Kagan wrote, “under the Government’s reading of §1425(a), any lie told in the naturalization process would provide a basis for rescinding citizenship.  The Government could thus take away on one day what it was required to give the day before.  And by so unmooring the revocation of citizenship from its award, the Government opens the door to a world of disquieting consequences—which this Court would need far stronger textual support to believe Congress intended”.   Read articles in Courthouse News Service and USA Today.