Justices Say Citizenship Can't Be Lost For Trivial Lies

By Kevin Penton (June 22, 2017, 10:28 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that naturalized U.S. citizens can't be stripped of their citizenship for making false statements to immigration officials unrelated to whether they would have qualified for naturalization, ruling for a Bosnian woman who gave untrue answers on her naturalization application.

In a unanimous ruling with several concurrences, the justices sided with Divna Maslenjak, a woman from Bosnia who was stripped of citizenship and deported after being convicted of knowingly obtaining naturalization "contrary to law." Specifically, the indictment had charged Maslenjak with making false statements regarding questions on her naturalization form.

The Supreme Court held that...

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