Question about Fraud During U.S. Naturalization #general


Bob Fitterman
 

I've been researching my husband's family and come across something I
just accepted as unusual, but I'm starting to wonder if it's rare.

My husband's grandfather, Isidor Laks, was naturalized in 1941. When I
found those papers, they point out that he was previously naturalized
in in 1929 and that naturalization was cancelled for fraud. I found
the federal court case and the original application: he lied about how
he entered the country and he also applied in the wrong jurisdiction
(Manhattan instead of the Bronx).

He traveled >from Poland to Germany by land, then to Canada by ship. He
stayed in Montreal working. He entered the U.S. in 1920 by car.
Further research shows that on the first application he said he was
someone else who took the train across the border >from Canada.

Question 1: Has anyone else come across a case like this: citizenship
revoked and then granted at a later date?

Question 2: Does anyone know about the rules for accepting
border-crossings >from Canada for citizenship in that era? I'm trying
to understand why he would have lied about his entry. Enough time had
passed since his entry by car that he had met the residency
requirement for naturalization. I've speculated that he was only
supposed to be visiting here after his car trip in, but there's
nothing on the entry card that indicates the purpose of his visit or
how long he intended to stay. His wife-to-be was already waiting for
him in Bronx having traveled concurrently >from Lodz with the rest of
her family.

Bob Fitterman
bobf@...

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