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'Operation Janus' IDs Deportable Aliens Wrongfully Naturalized

DHS Office of Inspector General, Sept. 8, 2016 - Potentially Ineligible Individuals Have Been Granted U.S. Citizenship Because of Incomplete Fingerprint Records "USCIS granted U.S. citizenship to at least 858 individuals ordered deported or removed under another identity when, during the naturalization...

Denver Sheriff Dept. Settles I-9 Citizenship Discrimination Complaints with DOJ

DOJ, Nov. 21, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached a settlement today resolving claims that the Denver Sheriff Department discriminated against work-authorized immigrants in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The Denver Sheriff Department is the largest sheriff department...

USCIS Policy Manual Update: False Claim to U.S. Citizenship Ground of Inadmissibility (Dec. 14, 2016)

USCIS, Dec. 14, 2016 - "Policy Highlights • Describes the difference between inadmissibility for a false claim to U.S. citizenship and inadmissibility for fraud and willful misrepresentation. • Explains what constitutes a false claim to U.S. citizenship, including the type of evidence...

Boris Johnson, British Foreign Secretary, Drops U.S. Citizenship

New York Times, Feb. 8, 2017 - "Boris Johnson, Britain’s colorful and blustery foreign secretary, who is perhaps best known for his leading role in campaigning for his country’s departure from the European Union, has given up his American citizenship, a United States Treasury Department...

Tiwari v. Mattis Update (Apr. 5, 2017)

Tiwari v. Mattis, No. 2:17-cv-00242-TSZ, W.D. Wa. - "This action challenges unconstitutional national origin discrimination imposed by, inter alia, Department of Defense (DoD) guidance memoranda that, inter alia, summarily deny Plaintiffs -- who are all naturalized U.S. citizens -- the ability to...

Soldiers Who Sue DOD Are Granted Exception To Policy: Tiwari v. Mattis Update (May 10, 2017)

See: Tiwari v. Mattis Doc. 23 (May 8, 2017) Arendt Declaration Stallings Declaration

Hundreds of Immigrants Fell for Adoption-for-Citizenship Scam

Stephen Magagnini, Sacramento Bee, May 14, 2017 - "Many of Helaman Hansen’s hundreds of victims first heard about his citizenship-through-adoption scheme in their neighborhood churches. The 64-year-old Elk Grove businessman or his surrogates would show up promising undocumented immigrants...

BIA on Certificates of Citizenship - Matter of Falodun, 27 I&N Dec. 52 (BIA 2017)

Matter of Falodun, 27 I&N Dec. 52 (BIA 2017) - (1) Unlike a Certificate of Naturalization, a certificate of citizenship does not confer United States citizenship but merely provides evidence that the applicant previously obtained citizenship status. (2) The institution of judicial proceedings to...

Supreme Court: Old Gender-Based Citizenship Law Violates Equal Protection

Sessions v. Morales-Santana, June 12, 2017 - "This case concerns a gender-based differential in the law governing acquisition of U. S. citizenship by a child born abroad, when one parent is a U. S. citizen, the other, a citizen of another nation. The main rule appears in 8 U. S. C. §1401(a...

Sessions v. Morales-Santana: The Problems of Leveling Down - David Isaacson

David Isaacson, June 21, 2017 - "On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Sessions v. Morales-Santana , holding that the different treatment of unmarried mothers in INA §309(c) , 8 U.S.C. §1409(c) , was unconstitutional as a violation of equal protection. Unfortunately...

Supreme Court on Naturalization: Maslenjak v. U.S.

Maslenjak v. U.S., June 22, 2017 - "A federal statute, 18 U. S. C. §1425(a), makes it a crime to “knowingly procure[], contrary to law, the naturalization of any person.” And when someone is convicted under §1425(a) of unlawfully procuring her own naturalization, her citizenship...

Kobach Sanctioned for 'Deceptive Conduct' in Proof of Citizenship Lawsuit: Fish v. Kobach

Fish v. Kobach, June 23, 2017 - "[D]efendant’s deceptive conduct and lack of candor warrant the imposition of sanctions. ... [D]efendant made patently misleading representations to the court ... The court cannot say that defendant flat-out lied in representing the content of the disputed documents...

South Texas man wonders if he’s a citizen after Supreme Court ruling

Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, July 20, 2017 - "The Supreme Court has left Leonardo Villegas’ citizenship in limbo. Things might be different if his mother had been born in Texas, like his father, but she was born and gave birth to Villegas in Mexico. The standards Congress has...

Deported Connecticut Army Veteran Gains U.S. Citizenship, Reunites With Family

Peggy McCarthy, New Haven Register, July 24, 2017 - "Arnold Giammarco, the Army and National Guard veteran deported to Italy nearly five years ago, is back home in Connecticut with his wife and daughter. ... Giammarco landed at JFK Airport on July 16, nine days after he becoming a naturalized...

Citizenship Applications Surge as Immigration Talk Toughens

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, Oct. 27, 2017 - "Naturalization applications generally spike during presidential cycles and fall after an election. But this year, the volume of applications is on track to surpass that of 2016, as a perennial backlog continues to pile up. It is the first time in 20...

Want to Become a U.S. Citizen? Prepare to Wait Longer

Beth Fertig, WNYC, Nov. 27, 2017 - "Citizenship applications take approximately eight months on average to process, according the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Many attorneys in New York say that's two to four times as long as they took as recently as 2016, meaning immigrants are...

Trump Justice Department Pushes for Citizenship Question on Census, Alarming Experts

Justin Elliott, ProPublica, Dec. 29, 2017 - "The Justice Department is pushing for a question on citizenship to be added to the 2020 census, a move that observers say could depress participation by immigrants who fear that the government could use the information against them. That, in turn, could...

19 AGs and Colo. Gov. Ask Commerce to Nix Citizenship Question on Census - Letter

Letter dated Feb. 12, 2018 - "We, the undersigned Attorneys General of New York, Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington,...

The Try Guys Try Immigrating To America

The Try Guys, Oct. 7, 2017 - "The Try Guys take on the immigration system and find out how hard it really is to become a US citizen." [Featuring my friend and mentor, UCLA Law Prof. Hiroshi Motomura !]

How ICE Works to Strip Citizenship from Naturalized Americans

Eoin Higgins, The Intercept, Feb. 14, 2018 - "FOR 10 YEARS, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s investigative office has worked to keep its internal handbook out of American courts. The handbook could have been used in court to show how ICE’s push to lead on denaturalization cases...

CA10 on Jurisdiction, REAL ID, Habeas, Suspension Clause, Citizenship, Exhaustion: Gonzalez-Alarcon v. Macias

Gonzalez-Alarcon v. Macias - "Abraham Gonzalez-Alarcon filed a habeas petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 alleging specific facts which, if proven, would demonstrate that he is a United States citizen. He seeks release from custody from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) following...

Citizenship Question on 2020 Census Sparks Multiple Lawsuits - UPDATED Mar. 28, 2018

On March 26, 2018, Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross published this memo and stated: "I have determined that reinstatement of a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census is necessary to provide complete and accurate data in response to the DOl request." California Attorney General Xavier Becerra...

Deported Army Vet Hector Barajas Wins Fight for US Citizenship

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press, Mar. 30, 2018 - "A deported U.S. Army veteran has been granted U.S. citizenship, a move made possible by California Gov. Jerry Brown’s pardon of a criminal offense last year. Lawyers for Hector Barajas said the government informed them Thursday their client...

USCIS Policy Alert: Acquisition of U.S. Citizenship for Children Born Out of Wedlock (Apr. 18, 2018)

USCIS, Apr. 18, 2018 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify certain requirements for acquisition of U.S. citizenship for children born outside the United States and out of wedlock under sections 301 and 309 of the Immigration...

Groups Sue Trump Administration, Challenging Addition of Citizenship Question to 2020 Census

MALDEF, May 31, 2018 - "The Trump administration’s eleventh-hour decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census violates the U.S. Constitution because it is racially discriminatory and could result in a severe undercount of minorities, according to a federal lawsuit filed today...