Tomi Lahren’s ancestor was indicted for forging citizenship papers (Details)

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According to a genealogist, Tomi Lahren’s great-great-grandfather was indicted by a grand jury for forging his naturalization papers.

On the Wonkette, Jennifer Mendelsohn started out her essay by saying that Lahren’s comment about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is what made her look into Lahren’s background.

This is the tweet that started the search:

Mendelsohn wrote, “I was curious how long it would take me to hit an immigrant if I dug into the tree of Tomi Lahren, the platinum blonde, snowflake-hating ultra-conservative firebrand recently hired by Fox News. The answer was “not long” but I never expected to hit pay dirt quite like I did.”

In the essay, she traces through Lahren’s parents, grandparents and then great-grandparents. Then it became interesting when she hit Lahren’s great-great-grandfather, Constantin Dietrich – sometimes spelled Konstantin. Results showed that he was tried for forging his naturalization document, and for “willfully, unlawfully and knowingly” giving a false a false affidavit in connection with a naturalization proceeding.

Constantin was born in 1887 in Odessa, Russia. Then in 1905, he immigrated to the U.S. He was tried before a grand jury in May of 1917 for violation of the Naturalization Act of June 29, 1906.

Mendelsohn explained, “The grand jurors accused him of swearing falsely to the date of his declaration, and of altering the original papers (“with a knife or steel eraser or other instrument unknown to the Grand Jurors”) to make it look like his declaration of intention to become a citizen had been executed in 1911 rather than 1909, apparently because he’d let too much time elapse before completing the naturalization process.”

However, the jurors took pity on Dietrich and acquitted him of the charges. He went on to become a citizen in 1926. Mendelsohn said that this ensured that “90-odd years later, his great-great-grandaughter would be here to compare the Black Lives Matter movement to the KKK and to inadvertently admit that the right keeps hammering on Hillary’s emails to distract from the Russia investigation.”

She continued, “I bring this to light not to shame or embarrass Tomi Lahren. Poke any family tree and you’ll often find similar irregularities. It doesn’t necessarily mean that Constantin Dietrich was a bad person or a scorn-worthy ‘illegal’ to be demonized. Perhaps it only means that like millions of others, his overweening desire to become a US citizen may have caused him to try to cut a corner or two.”

She concluded her essay saying, “It means it’s pretty damn ironic that she continues to claim the moral high ground on this one, throwing stone after stone at illegal immigrants, unaware that she’s been living in a proverbial glass house all along.”


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