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The U.S. Supreme Court makes citizenship revocation harder

In the Maslenjak v. United States ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that if the government wants to revoke citizenship of a person who committed a crime in the naturalisation process, it needs to prove that he crime had a causal influence on the defendant’s acquisition of citizenship. In cases when an individual has committed the crime of lying in the naturalisation process, ‘causal influence’ exists if a truthful answer would have disqualified the applicant from citizenship.

The case concerned a Bosnian Serb woman, admitted as a refugee in the U.S. in the 1990s, who lied about the whereabouts of her husband who participate in the Srebrenica massacre.

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