US government to stand trial over Prince Harry's visa
The US government will have to answer questions in court regarding Prince Harry's visa application. This conclusion was reached after a conservative think tank demanded a reconsideration of the decision due to the recognition of the Duke of Sussex in drug use. Writes about it New York Post.
On June 6, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will meet face-to-face with the Legacy Foundation, which has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to force the agency to release the Duke of Sussex's immigration data because it is of "huge public interest".
So far, the US government has refused to release the 38-year-old prince's visa application to the public.
Niall Gardiner, director of the Heritage Foundation's Margaret Thatcher Freedom Center, tweeted that the hearing will take place in federal court in the District of Columbia and will be open to the press.
Gardiner called the upcoming hearing (probably the first of many to come) "a very important event."
Any foreign citizen who wishes to obtain a US visa or permanent resident status must answer questions about past drug use.
Under U.S. immigration law, a visa applicant who is "determined as a drug addict" is considered "ineligible", although immigration authorities are allowed to make exceptions.
In his memoir Spare, as well as in numerous TV interviews promoting the book, Prince Harry spoke about the use of cocaine, marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms.
“Extensive and persistent media coverage has raised questions about whether DHS issued a visa to the Duke of Sussex in light of the fact that he has publicly admitted to substantial drug offenses both in the United States and internationally.” according to the fund's complaint.
The think tank questioned whether the Duke of Sussex's US immigration status should be "revisited" in light of the revelations contained in his book.
Harry and his wife Meghan Markle moved to the US in March 2020 and bought a house in Southern California after stepping down from royal duties.
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Sources close to Prince Harry previously reported that he truthfully answered questions about his US visa application.
The Heritage Foundation argued that it was in the public interest to know exactly what Prince Harry wrote in his statement and how the administration of US President Joe Biden dealt with it.
“Has DHS really turned a blind eye to this and not properly responded to any potentially false claims by Prince Harry?” said in a statement from the think tank.
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