The US Supreme Court is hearing the case of an ethnic Bosnian-Serbian who lied on her refugee and citizenship applications. The ruling could result in her US citizenship's revocation.
Divna and Ratko Maslenjak obtained refugee status in 1999 and moved to Ohio. They said they feared persecution back in Bosnia because the husband had refused to serve in the Bosnian Serb military. But Ratko had in fact served as commander of a unit of the military linked to war crimes; a unit that killed thousands of Bosnians resulting in the exodus from the city of Srebrenica of about 30,000 women, children and senior citizens.
Without doubt, this man should never have been given refugee status and, through him, his wife should have been rejected as well. Whether he should be tried on charges of war crimes - her as an accessory to those crimes - is another question entirely.
When US citizens complete and submit documents (like IRS and Social Security forms) and submit them to the Federal Government, it is always with the caveat that there is a penalty for submitting false information. Some of these penalties are monetary while others invoke jail time.
Revocation of US citizenship is absolutely the appropriate penalty for the Maslenjaks. Just as with other foreign nationals who piss on our laws to exist here illegally, the benefits of US citizenship - the honor of being a US citizen - should be denied those who break the law to exist on our soil. Citizenship, for those not born here, is a privilege, not a right.
And as John Adams made quite clear, the United States is a nation of laws, not of men. Democrats should bone up on their history on that point.