US authorities: Marijuana involvement imperils citizenship


2019-04-22 09:58:00 MarketBeat


In this April 3, 2019, file photo, Oswaldo Barrientos picks dead leaves from marijuana plants at the grow facility where he works near downtown Denver. Immigration authorities on Friday, April 19, 2019 said that anyone with any involvement with marijuana, regardless of whether it's legal in the state they live in, can be denied from citizenship because the drug is still outlawed by federal law. PHOENIX (AP) — Immigration authorities on Friday said that anyone with any involvement with marijuana, regardless of whether it's legal in the state where they live, can be denied citizenship because the drug is still illegal under federal law. The announcement comes weeks after officials in Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal, began warning residents that working for a dispensary or manufacturing operation could jeopardize their citizenship bid — even if those jobs are state-sanctioned. The updated guidance from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services states that people who use marijuana or are involved with it in any way fail to have "good moral character," a prerequisite for people who have legal permanent residence to gain American citizenship. About two-thirds of states allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and 10 allow recreational use. Washington, D.C., also allows recreational use. "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is required to adjudicate cases based on federal law," spokeswoman Jessica Collins said in a statement. "Individuals who commit federal controlled substance violations face potential immigration consequences under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which applies to all foreign nationals regardless of the state or jurisdiction in which they reside." In Colorado, immigration attorneys say at least two green-card holders were denied citizenship because they worked or had worked in marijuana-related jobs. There are probably more, they say. Immigrants who apply for citizenship must first fill out a 20-page form known as the "N-400." It asks about prior work, family and criminal history, but it doesn't specifically ask if a person has used or worked with marijuana. Julia Gelatt, a senior policy analyst for the Migration Policy Institute, said it's not likely that most people will disclose information about pot use. But she said the new policy could make some people nervous about applying. "Whether or not it has a real impact is whether adjudicators decide to ask about it," Gelatt said.
在这张2019年4月3日的文件照片中, Oswaldo Barrientos 在丹佛市中心附近的种植基地从大麻植物中摘下枯叶。美国移民当局在2019年4月19日星期五表示,任何与大麻有关的人,无论他们居住的州是否合法,都可以被剥夺公民身份,因为大麻仍然被联邦法律禁止。 PHOENIX (美联社)——美国移民当局周五表示,任何涉及大麻的人,无论其在所在州是否合法,都可以被剥夺公民身份,因为根据联邦法律,大麻仍然是非法的。 几周前,科罗拉多州的官员开始警告居民,在药房或制造业工作可能会危及他们的公民资格,即使这些工作是国家批准的。 美国公民和移民服务局最新的指导意见指出,使用大麻或以任何方式参与大麻的人都没有“良好的道德品质”,这是拥有合法永久居留权的人获得美国公民身份的先决条件。 大约三分之二的州允许将大麻用于医疗用途,10个州允许娱乐用途。华盛顿特区也允许娱乐。 发言人 Jessica Collins 在一份声明中说:“美国公民和移民服务局必须根据联邦法律裁决案件。”违反联邦管制物质的个人将面临《移民和国籍法》所规定的潜在移民后果,该法适用于所有外国国民,不论其居住的州或管辖区。 在科罗拉多州,移民律师说,至少有两名绿卡持有者被剥夺了公民身份,因为他们从事或曾从事与大麻有关的工作。他们说,可能还有更多。 申请公民身份的移民必须首先填写一份20页的表格,称为“ N-400”。它询问了以前的工作,家庭和犯罪历史,但它并没有具体询问一个人是否使用或使用过大麻。 移民政策研究所的高级政策分析师 JuliaGelatt 说,大多数人不太可能透露大麻使用的信息。但她说,新政策可能会让一些人对申请感到紧张。 “这是否有真正的影响是裁判是否决定询问,” Gelat 说。