The Ninth Circuit recently issued a precedential case that is instructive, and potentially helpful, to individuals accused of making false claims to US citizenship. In Diaz-Jimenez v. Sessions, No. 15-73603 (9th Cir. 2018), the court confirmed that obtaining private employment did fall within the scope of false claims; however, the court also ruled that for purposes of 1182(a)(6)(C)(ii)(I), a person can only be considered to have made a false claim of citizenship in connection with private employment only when such representation is made on Form I-9. In the case at hand, there was no evidence of an I-9 form to sustain the government's claim that Mr. Diaz-Jimenez misrepresented his citizenship status to secure a job, resulting in the court reversing the BIA's finding and remanding the case.
A new White House Campaign to make the final steps to citizenship easier for legal immigrants, may add millions of voters in time for next year's presidential election. Currently, according to recent statistics, there are approximately 8.8 million legal immigrants in this country who are eligible to become American citizens. The citizenship campaign is part of the Executive Actions campaign that President Obama announced in November of last year.
Is Donald Trump Forcing Jeb Bush to the Right on Immigration?
Although Jeb Bush continues to claim he supports a path to legalization for illegal immigrants, recent comments have had some people scratching their heads. In the book "Immigration Wars," which Bush co-wrote, he outlines a plan for immigration reform. However, in the proposal he released in early August, Bush's tune on immigration seems to have changed. The six-point proposal includes plans to punish cities that don't cooperate with immigration law enforcement. Additionally, Bush's recent use of the phrase "anchor babies", to reference infants born of foreign women who come to the US illegally, has been considered deeply offensive to many in the Latino community. His perceived shift in stance raises the question - Is Jeb Bush vying for the support of anti-immigrant voters who are becoming more and more enamored of Donald Trump and his restrictionist rhetoric?
While most permanent residents are not eligible to file for US Citizenship until they have had their green cards for five years, some individuals may apply after three years under Section 319(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. In order to be eligible under this section, the applicant must demonstrate that he/she:
If you are a male, registering for the Selective Service System (SSS) is a very important requirement for United States Citizenship. A deliberate and conscious failure to do so will cause a naturalization application to be denied by USCIS. The reason why is that in order to naturalize and become a U.S. citizen, a green card holder must show that he is "a person of good moral character" for five years (or three years, for applicants who became green card holders based on marriage to a U.S. citizen). If an applicant fails to comply with the Selective Service registration requirement, this deliberate failure may constitute or support a finding that the applicant has not demonstrated good moral character.