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Loss Of Citizenship -- Statutory Expatriation, David E. Nelson Jr. Jun 1959

Loss Of Citizenship -- Statutory Expatriation, David E. Nelson Jr.

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There is no provision in the United States Constitution which expressly gives or denies Congress a right to deprive a person of, or prescribe a method whereby a person may lose, his citizenship. Yet in the Nationality Act of 1940 Congress provided for the involuntary expatriation of an American citizen upon the intentional commission of one or more of several specified acts. In 1957 three cases involving this statute reached the Supreme Court of the United States. The constitutionality of the section providing for loss of citizenship by voting in a foreign election was upheld; the one providing for loss …