Introduction Voting is an iconic embodiment in American civic life. Other than standing for public office, American citizens have no stronger collective civic obligations than those that flow from their ability and responsibility to help shape community policy. The vote is a primary vehicle for exercising those civic responsibilities.
Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). And in the coming months, she hopes to finally take the citizenship test, recite the oath of allegiance — and join more than 9, Minnesotans who became naturalized citizens last year. Though Ekpon was determined to become a U.S. citizen, she still waited a decade before deciding to apply — a timeframe not at all uncommon among Minnesota’s . In fact, you could even argue that naturalized citizens might make better Americans in some ways: the naturalization process is complicated and difficult, ensuring that naturalized citizens are both sincere in their desire to participate in the civic life of the United States and knowledgeable about ways to do so.
The differences between these three groups is significant and has been at the heart of some recent presidential election and illegal immigration issues, so I will pitch in my twenty-five cents worth to attempt setting the record straight.
I admit at the outset that those individuals who practice division and confusion - the ones who place their candidate, or party over truth and common sense - will continue throwing up these issues against opposing candidates if there is a chance it will sway public opinion against them.
These factious minded persons embody the reason our politics in America resembles more a slugfest than a race.
This one is pretty straightforward as all immigration into the US falls into this group even individuals granted amnesty. Basically anyone not belonging to one of the first two groups. Multiple, or dual citizenship is unfortunately used as a political ploy here in the US to confuse the issue of immigration as it pertains to children born on foreign soil to parents who are currently US citizens, children born on US soil to parents who are currently not US citizens, or those born in certain US territories, and is a misnomer because their US citizenship will still be their primary one.
Similarly children born to US citizen parents in foreign countries where nationality laws permit may become automatic citizens of that country, but they still inherit US citizenship as their primary. Being natural born has nothing to do with being born on the physical soil, or within the physical jurisdiction of the US.
Ironically not even Mexico and Canada grant citizenship to children born on their soil to non-citizen parents.
So where did this farcical notion emerge from that children born on US soil automatically have, or should have citizenship rights? This certainly plays into the whole push for illegal immigration amnesty.
On that note I believe the record has been officially set straight.
I also- uh, Jay also has a BS in-" crap, I broke third person narrative.Naturalized American citizens should have the same right to run as their natural-born compatriots.
who would make the Presidency worse or better? Bear in mind that the Founders' decisions. Oct 28, · Not to mention that these are often the people taking jobs away from American citizens, not usually the so-called "illegals" so-to-speak.
Thus, in closing, hopefully, yes, the laws have changed.
And if not, that's just sad. Naturalized citizens often become trusted mentors and leaders in their local communities, helping assist other immigrants navigate unfamiliar laws and customs .
We often make fun of the southern drawl, the Jersey accent, the NY accent. This is nothing new. I am a naturalized American with the best of education from the US system.
I work in the corporate America sector but I know there is the systemic racism. I agree with your wider point that naturalized citizens should rise above it and aim to. Hypothetical situation: Let's say there is a movement to possibly amend the Constitution to allow naturalized citizens to run for president.
By. More than million naturalized citizens, including , foreign-born adoptees like Jonah, are second-class citizens who cannot hold the highest office in the land.
The natural-born-citizen clause violates a central principle of American democracy: All citizens should have equal rights.