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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...