Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Trifles Aren't Fraud Taking Citizenship for Undisclosed Speeding Is Crazy

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Trifles Aren't Fraud Taking Citizenship for Undisclosed Speeding Is Crazy

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Chief Justice John Roberts was born in Buffalo. But if he were an immigrant, his citizenship might be in question because of a crime he confessed in court last week: The highest judicial official in our great country ... once did 60 in a 55-mph zone.

Chief Justice Roberts mentioned his perfectly ordinary past because a question on an immigration form asks whether the applicant has ever committed any offense and not been caught. And in the case the Supreme Court was considering, the government was arguing that any lie, no matter how trivial, in an immigration document signed under oath can cost a naturalized American his citizenship years later.

So if Chief Justice Roberts put a no for that question, despite knowing that he had engaged in speeding and not been caught, he could, as an immigrant, lose his country. …

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