Judge orders Biden’s DHS to turn over Prince Harry’s immigration papers, weighs releasing them publicly

Prince Harry’s U.S. immigration status may be in jeopardy.

President Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been ordered by a Washington judge to turn over the rogue royal’s immigration papers for his review as he weighs whether to release them publicly in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed last year by The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank based in D.C.

According to Judge Carl Nichols, DHS’s arguments were “insufficiently detailed” for him to reach a decision, the Daily Mail reports.

As BizPac Review reported, the immigration issue was sparked by Harry’s own admissions.

In January 2023, the Duke of Sussex released his much-anticipated memoir, “Spare.”

In it, Harry recalls his use of mind-altering substances, including cocaine, pot, and magic mushrooms. He would also admit to drug use in the Netflix special in which he appeared with his wife, Meghan Markle.

Immediately, questions about his visa application were raised: Did the prince divulge his use of illegal drugs? Or did he lie?

The omission could cost him his U.S. privileges if he didn’t come clean on his application.

According to the Daily Mail, Judge Nichols asked DHS “which oversees immigration, to give him declarations explaining the ‘particular harm’ that would arise from the disclosure of the Duke of Sussex’s visa application.”

“If the Duke did not tell the truth on his entry forms then he could be removed from the US or barred by a border agent,” the outlet reports.

FOIA law authorizes Nichols to review “declarations and/or contested records in camera,” the judge stated in an order filed to the Washington court.

Such a review would allow Nichols to identify any applicable exemptions that would prevent the documents from being released, he said.

An in-camera review is appropriate, according to the court order, when “agency affidavits are insufficiently detailed to permit meaningful review of exemption claims….when the number of withheld documents is relatively small, and when the dispute turns on the contents of the withheld documents, and not the parties’ interpretations of those documents.”

“Having reviewed the parties’ written submissions and heard oral argument on the motions, the court concludes that in camera review is necessary to determine whether the records in dispute come within the scope of the claimed exemptions,” the judge wrote.

DHS has until March 21 to submit declarations detailing “the records it is withholding and the particular harm that would arise from public disclosure of them,” according to the order.

DHS claimed in its legal filing that the requested records are “particularly sensitive” because they would “reveal Harry’s (immigration) status in the United States.

Prince Harry, the agency argued, has a right to privacy, despite his celebrity status.

But, countered Heritage, when he shared his drug use with the world, he forfeited that right.

Last month, during a hearing on the matter, DHS lawyers suggested that Harry may have lied in “Spare” to sell more books.

“The book isn’t sworn testimony or proof,” John Bardo told the court, according to the Daily Mail. “Saying something in a book doesn’t necessarily make it true.”

Should Donald Trump win the White House in November, Prince Harry’s situation may get a lot more serious.

Trump has previously said he “wouldn’t protect” the royal because he had “betrayed the Queen,” the Daily Mail reports.

If he again becomes president, Trump warned that Harry “would be on his own.”

Melissa Fine

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