Supreme Court: False Statement Must be Material to be Basis for Denaturalization

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Maslenjak v. United States, rejecting an argument by the Trump Administration that a person can be denaturalized based on a false statement made during the naturalization process, regardless of its materiality. Rather, the court held that if a person is naturalized, and is later found to have made a false statement in the application for U.S. citizenship, this can only result in the person being denaturalized if “the false statement so altered the naturalization process as to have influenced an award of citizenship.” More details on the background of this case are available in the MurthyDotCom NewsBrief, U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Denaturalization Case (22.May.2017).


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