No. 95-55805.

104 F.3d 1127 (1996)

Manuel Augusto SANTAMARIA-AMES, aka: Manuel A. Santamaria-Ames, Petitioner-Appellant, v. IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE, District Director, Respondent-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Decided December 31, 1996.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

John Stephen Glaser and William B. Bennett, Manulkin, Glaser & Bennett, Fountain Valley, California, for Petitioner-Appellant.

Jeffrey J. Bernstein and Karen A. Herrling, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent-Appellee.

Before: BROWNING, THOMPSON, and THOMAS, Circuit Judges.

THOMAS, Circuit Judge:

This case presents the question of how past criminal behavior should be considered in naturalization proceedings involving non-citizen veterans qualifying for special treatment under 8 U.S.C. § 1440.


Congress chose to reward noncitizens who had honorably served in the armed forces of the United States during certain wartime hostilities by relaxing preconditions for their naturalization. For these veterans, Congress...

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