If you acquire something fraudulently, you will have to cough it up if you’re caught. You might also face criminal penalties.
This is how the law is supposed to work.
And it should also be the case when it comes to applying for citizenship in the United States, what is called the “naturalization” process.
There are federal laws that specify the penalties for making fraudulent statements during the process of becoming a United States citizen. Should they not be upheld and enforced?
Some questions over the proper application of these laws have been raised with matters going as far as the U. S. Supreme Court, and with the particulars not entirely resolved yet.
But here’s one statement illegal aliens shouldn’t miss, just as they should listen to Trey Gowdy’s powerfully truthful words last week.
“The Supreme Court on Thursday held that federal law authorizes courts to strip immigrant citizens of their U.S. citizenship if they obtained it as a result of making false statements to the federal government.
Federal law found at 18 U.S.C. § 1425(a) makes it a crime to ‘knowingly procur[e], contrary to law, the naturalization of any person’ to become a U.S. citizen.
(‘Naturalization’ is the legal term for becoming a citizen.) Moreover, a second federal statute, 8 U.S.C. § 1451(e) adds that a foreigner who obtains U.S. citizenship through such a violation will lose that newly granted citizenship.”
This may seem very straightforward, but one case raised the issue of whether the false statement had to be directly associated with the naturalization process in order to permit the revocation of citizenship.
In other words, if an applicant for citizenship lied to the government about a matter that had no bearing on his or her naturalization application, should this be a disqualifying factor?
The Supreme Court ruled that the statute should be interpreted to mean that the misstatement or other false statement must be directly related to the application for citizenship to be grounds for stripping the immigrant of citizenship.
Fraudulent statements made unrelated to this process would not be grounds for revocation of citizenship, and would presumable be adjudicated under other such statutes that apply.
The case has been returned to the lower court to be retried with this interpretation.
Nevertheless, it is encouraging to learn that there really ARE penalties for lying to gain U.S. citizenship.
It would be even more encouraging to see this as part of a trend to support the securing of our borders…which must happen ASAP.