Justices Agree To Define What Statements Can Nix Citizenship

By Kevin Penton (January 13, 2017, 7:38 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case that challenges whether naturalized U.S. citizens may be stripped of their citizenship in criminal proceedings based on immaterial false statements they made when applying for naturalization.

Divna Maslenjak, a Bosnian refugee, argues the Sixth Circuit erred and created a circuit split by affirming a lower court's finding that the U.S. government did not need to establish in a criminal proceeding that false statements she made in her citizenship application were material in order to strip her of her citizenship and deport her.

When Maslenjak and her family were trying to leave...

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