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Bombing Suspectís Route to Citizenship Reveals Limitations
nytimes.com ^ | May 7, 2010 | NINA BERNSTEIN

Posted on 05/08/2010 9:54:44 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

When Faisal Shahzad took his oath of citizenship a year ago, swearing to “support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies,” he seemed the model of a legal immigrant success story. Moving from one coveted visa to the next over a decade, he had acquired an M.B.A., a decent job, a wife and two children and a fine suburban home.

Now that he has admitted driving a car bomb into Times Square, every step of his path to citizenship is under fresh scrutiny. One key question is when Mr. Shahzad turned against his adopted country. The answer could determine whether the unraveling of his immigrant success story ends with the revocation of his American citizenship.

The typical grounds for denaturalization, immigration officials say, are fraud or misrepresentation in the reams of immigration forms that Mr. Shahzad filled out over the years, including accounting for every trip he made outside the country. But even if he never lied in his applications, an obscure anti-Communist statute enacted half a century ago could be used to revoke his citizenship, said Donald Kerwin, a vice president at the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, a research organization in Washington.

The law states that within five years of naturalization, any affiliation that would have precluded citizenship — like membership in a terrorist organization — is prima facie evidence that the person “was not attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States and was not well disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States at the time of naturalization.” In the absence of countervailing evidence, the statute says, that affiliation is enough to authorize revocation.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; citizenship; constitution; ctcell; faisalshahzad; immigration; maydaybomber; mpi; naturalization; shahzad
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1 posted on 05/08/2010 9:54:44 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

More important would be scrutinizing Dear Leader’s citizenship and eligibility or lack thereof!


2 posted on 05/08/2010 9:57:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Don't care if he was born in a manger on July 4th! A "Natural Born" citizen requires two US parents!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the armed forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."

They should amend this to include:

"Should I ever violate this oath, I shall lose all rights of naturalized citizenship and I shall be subject to any and all interrogation practices allowable by law ..."

3 posted on 05/08/2010 11:10:46 PM PDT by Lmo56
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Maybe they can prove he was affliated with the Democrat party. That would certainly meet this test:

“was not attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States and was not well disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States at the time of naturalization.”


4 posted on 05/09/2010 12:09:39 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("You can't kill the beast while sucking at its teat" - - Claire Wolfe)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Always such a shock when they lie, not.


5 posted on 05/09/2010 12:34:33 AM PDT by Persevero (If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
This punk terrorist was brainwashed by the Islamo-Fascist Imams going back to when he was attending the Madrassas in Paki-Stan.

Having been an Intel Agent (many moons ago) in the USAF as well as having worked in Counter Intelligence for the OSI, my gut is telling me he was a sleeper agent sent here to do exactly what he did and I would be willing to be my "quarter" (ala Mayor Bloom-ing-Idiot) that there are many, many such Johny-Jihadist here.

Unless his family is that wealthy that they could hand over $80,000 in cash when he first came here, that was a dead giveaway (that and the 13 trips to Paki) that he was being supported from the git go by some Moozie terrorist group.

6 posted on 05/09/2010 3:14:27 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: Tailgunner Joe

They guy was a plant from the beginning, who paid for his school?

He sold his soul to the Devil and the Devil called in the loan and demanded payment.


7 posted on 05/09/2010 3:22:01 AM PDT by dila813
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To: dila813
Plant? Just like Obama.


Which is LEAST likely (pick one):

1. Abdulhakim Muhammad, Faisal Shahzad, and Hasan each spent a night in the Lincoln Bedroom.
2. Pres_ _ent Obama will willingly release his birth certificate.

8 posted on 05/09/2010 3:39:49 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Article IV - Section 4 - The United States ¬Ö shall protect each of them against Invasion)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"after signs of financial stress and a turn to religion within the past year or two, Mr. Shahzad quit his job and flew to Pakistan."

Clearly the sign of a reasoned US citizen. What do you do when you are financially distressed? Quit your job and go on a foreign vacation.

Only a blithering fool from the NYT could write this sentence without thinking.

9 posted on 05/09/2010 4:12:44 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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