Prince Harry’s frank admissions to past drug use in “Spare” may come back to haunt him if a lawsuit is successful. The plaintiffs want the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release his immigration records to reveal how he responded to related questions.
The Heritage Foundation declared that the disgruntled royal either “lied on the application and DHS needs to address that” or he was truthful and was given a free pass.
Foreign nationals are required to disclose drug use on visa applications.
Harry confessed in his memoir to using marijuana, cocaine, and psychedelic mushrooms. This exposed the question of his honesty in applying to live in the U.S.
Mike Howell of the Heritage Foundation and Daily Signal noted that “widespread and continuous media coverage has surfaced the question of whether DHS properly admitted the Duke of Sussex. He since admitted, as Howell said, “to the essential elements of a number of drug offenses.”
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The lawsuit went on to ask whether Harry’s status in the U.S. should be reconsidered. He and his American wife Meghan Markle took up residence in California in March 2020 after abandoning their royal duties in the U.K.
According to the New York Post, legal expert and former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani believes that Harry should have never been allowed to resettle in the U.S. “An admission of drug use is usually grounds for inadmissibility.”
That position is countered, however, by celebrity attorney James Leonard. He told the outlet that the prince is free to stay because he has not been convicted on drug-related charges or committed acts that would spur DHS to conduct an investigation.
Leonard claimed that revealing drug use as a young person in a book does not rise to the level of triggering a probe.
Meanwhile, it was not lost on the Heritage Foundation that DHS has been derelict in its duty to keep lawbreakers or virtually anyone else out of the country. The suit stated that the case of Prince Harry cannot be viewed outside “its broader context.”
As the conservative think tank asserted, “the press and Congressional hearing rooms are replete with detailed accusations that DHS is deliberately refusing to enforce the Country’s immigration laws and is responsible for the current crisis at the border.”