Moving Back to Jamaica

A blog about my Move Back to Jamaica after 20+ years of living in the US. Most of the articles focus on the period from 2005-2009 when the transition was new, and at it's most challenging.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Soon-to-be former US Citizen to be Deported


A naturalized US citizen may be deported to Haiti if he has his citizenship stripped, after being convicted of drug-trafficking.

The story can be found here at

Why this is not in the headlines puzzles me.


At 8/02/2006 12:05 AM, Blogger Charles said...

Maybe "Uncle Sam" does not want this event to be publicized. The immigration authorities may want to do this type of thing more often without stirring up too much outrage and possible litigation from the caribbean community in the U.S.A.

At 8/02/2006 9:31 PM, Blogger Gela's Words said...

Is because he's Haitian. They're not very favoured by US administration. He would have stood a better chance if he was Cuban. What's the point of citizenship if it can be revoked?

At 8/05/2006 11:30 AM, Anonymous Zenitra said...

The real issue is whether this gentleman can be deported because of something that occured prior receiving his citizenship that bears upon the "good character" requirement for citizenship. I believe that if the "act" of this offense had occured after citizenship and the conviction occured after, there would be no deportation.

There is no need to publish the law regarding revoking a person's citizenship any more than it has been -- it is in the immigration statutes that there are two distinct legal bases for denaturalization or revocation of citizenship. The first permits the INS to seek revocation if the naturalized person has obtained citizenship illegally. Failure to comply with any of the requirements for obtaining citizenship renders the certificate of citizenship 'illegally procured,' and naturalization that is unlawfully procured can be set aside.

Second, revocation is available if the person obtained naturalization "by concealment of a material fact or by willful misrepresentation". [it is this area that INS is likely relying on in this case but who in their right mind is going to confess on an INS application that "I may have been involved in a drug deal last year"???]

Hatian, Mexican, Jamaican -- doesn't matter right now. Timing and politics. 'Nuf said???


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