Dean Johnson Comments on Supreme Court Immigration Ruling for Law360
Dean Kevin R. Johnson commented for Law360 on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Maslenjak v. U.S., a case concerning whether naturalized U.S. citizens can be stripped of their citizenship as a result of false statements during the application process. The ruling, which made it more difficult for the government to rescind citizenship, is part of a trend in which the court has gradually moved away from deference to the executive and legislative branches on immigration, Dean Johnson said.
“This is a move away from the court’s past extreme deference to the immigration decisions of Congress and the judicial branch,” Johnson said. “The court is slowly but surely bringing immigration law into the jurisprudential mainstream. Maslenjak is the latest step.”
Kevin R. Johnson is Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o studies at UC Davis School of Law. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of immigration law and policy, refugee law, and civil rights.