Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law


Jorge Gavilanes


United States (“U.S.”) citizenship has been closely protected from those who cannot claim it. In fact, the value of citizenship is so strong that the law penalizes any who falsely claim citizenship or the benefits derived from being a citizen. Such penalties are imposed even upon those who have not intentionally claimed citizenship, but merely have mistakenly done so. Ironically, despite these efforts to safeguard U.S. citizenship’s privileges and protections, those who rightfully claim citizenship have been deported as aliens because of mistakes made by those enforcing immigration laws. Such juxtaposition leaves us wondering what the real value of citizenship is.


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