Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Federal Court Distinguishes Immigration Cases Where Aliens Voted in Elections

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"Two immigrant aliens who married U.S. citizens and had pending petitions to become lawful permanent residents voted in federal elections.  That’s a problem.  One just lost his federal appeals fight to remain in the country.  The other still has a shot to stay.  An immigration judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals (Board) found that Anthony Kimani, a Kenyan citizen, and Elizabeth Keathley, a citizen of the Philippines, violated 18 U.S.C. § 611 when they voted in U.S. federal elections before attaining permanent resident status.  Section 611(a) declares it unlawful for any alien to vote for a U.S. President, Vice President, or member of Congress, among other public offices.  An individual who violates this provision is not eligible for permanent resident status as the spouse of a U.S. citizen.  Based on the violations, the immigration judge in both cases ordered deportation.  Both parties appealed.  In