WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says it will hear an appeal from an immigrant who was stripped of U.S. citizenship for lying about the circumstances that brought her to this country.
The justices said Friday they will review lower court decisions that upheld a criminal conviction against Divna Maslenjak of Ohio. The conviction automatically revoked her citizenship.
The issue for the justices is how important her false statements were to her application to become an American citizen. Lower courts have disagreed about the standard.
Maslenjak is an ethnic Serb from Bosnia. She and her family were granted refugee status in 1999 and settled near Akron in 2000. She became a citizen in 2007.
She initially told immigration officials her husband had not served in the Bosnian Serb military.