Hizam v. Kerry: If this is the right result under current law, then the law needs to be changed

Hizam v. Kerry: If this is the right result under current law, then the law needs to be changed

"Imagine for a moment that, since you were nine, your parents had told you that you were a U.S. citizen. And not just told you: your father filed papers with the U.S. government, and obtained official proof of your citizenship. You grew up in the United States from age nine onward as a U.S. citizen, attended school and college here, and got a job here. Imagine further that more than twenty years later, the government suddenly told you that your parents had been wrong: you were not a U.S. citizen after all, and thus you had no right to be here.

Surely, you would think after recovering from your initial shock, this must be because your father did something improper back when you were a child. Perhaps he had been lying to the government, and to you, all along? Perhaps the papers he filed with the government to obtain proof of your citizenship were fraudulent? Surely he must have done something wrong, for the government to take away your citizenship after all these years. Surely they would not simply take away the citizenship you had always thought you had, unless there were some fault on your family’s side.

But if that was what you thought, it is you who would be wrong. This is the story of Abdo Hizam, who the State Department decided in 2011 was not actually a U.S. citizen, even though they had repeatedly documented him as a citizen since 1990." - David A. Isaacson, Mar. 17, 2014.