The Supreme Court has been rather busy this summer, and the latest ruling to come from it will have broad implications across the country.
On Thursday, the Court held that federal law grants courts the permission to strip citizenship from anyone caught making false statements to obtain it. According to Breitbart News, the case was brought to the court by a Serbian woman who was granted refugee status then became naturalized, all after lying on her applications about the reason she fled her nation.
Divna Maslenjak is a Serb who, along with her husband and two children, sought refugee status in 1998 to flee Bosnia. As part of seeking protected status, she swore under oath that the family feared persecution because her husband evaded military service. They were admitted to the United States in 2000 as refugees.
In 2006, she applied for U.S. citizenship. One question on her application asked if she had ever given “false or misleading information” while applying for immigration benefits. Another asked if she had “lied … to gain entry or admission” in this country. She answered “no” to both and became an American citizen in 2007.
As it turns out, she lied about the reason they came to America, which the majority said is perfect ground for revoking her citizenship.
In an opinion written by Justice Elena Kagan, the Supreme Court in Maslenjak v. United States vacated (i.e., set aside) the lower court’s decision and remanded the case back down for more proceedings.
The federal government had argued that the citizenship-stripping provision is triggered whenever an immigrant commits a crime during the process of seeking citizenship.
All nine justices rejected that argument. “The most natural understanding is that the illegal act must have somehow contributed to the obtaining of citizenship,” Justice Kagan wrote. In other words, “§ 1425(a) demands a means-ends connection between a legal violation and naturalization.”
“We hold that the Government must establish that an illegal act by the defendant played some role in her acquisition of citizenship,” the Court declared. “When the illegal act is a false statement, that means demonstrating that the defendant lied about facts that would have mattered to an immigration official.”
The Court concluded that the contrary instructions given to the jury were faulty and that, instead, the jury should have been told that they needed to decide the factual question of whether Maslenjak’s lying about her husband’s military service was part of the cause of obtaining her own citizenship.
So basically, the Court just green lighted the government to strip citizenship from anyone who lied on their applications, should it be proven that their lies led to the government granting them citizenship, which means the many, many illegals and so-called “refugees” Obama allowed into the country likely won’t ever be eligible to become naturalized without first leaving the nation then being truthful when they return, if that even happens.
All in all, this is a major win for the nation and another step closer to returning law and order.