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In today’s interconnected world, holding more than one nationality is somewhat commonplace. In the United States, however, it was illegal to hold dual citizenship until relatively recently, as the law barring the practice was only overturned in 1967. There are still restrictions in place that do bar dual citizenship in certain circumstances. Still, most of the time it is perfectly legal to do so assuming you meet the other requirements for citizenship.
Often Acquired by Chance
The majority of dual nationals within the United States or its territories have acquired the status simply due to chance or relationship. Children born to U.S. nationals while they reside in other countries will almost always qualify for dual citizenship. For example, a child born in Germany to married U.S. citizen parents will qualify for both German and U.S. citizenship; the first through location of birth, the second through their parents’ fulfilling citizenship and residency requirements under U.S. law.
A recent report from Fox News states that a federal judge in Texas has accused the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “of hand-delivering children smuggled into the United States to their illegal immigrant parents.” The judge, U.S. District Andrew S. Hanen filed the report in court in mid-December, and said that the practice had the effect of aiding both human traffickers and the drug cartels. “These actions are both dangerous and unconscionable,” Judge Hanen wrote in the statement.
The judge’s missive, according to Fox News, built on well-documented evidence that the DHS currently allows some illegal immigrants to stay in the country, “particularly those who came the U.S. as children.” In his statement Judge Hanen outlined that the “conspiracy” goes even further and “claimed that, in more than one case before his court, immigration officials are arresting human traffickers smuggling children into the U.S.,” who are then shuttled off to their parents living illegally elsewhere in the States.
Other national figureheads, including National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council union president Chris Crane, told Fox that, “the judge’s claims are ‘absolutely correct.’” Border agents, Crane said, can’t stay on top of the vast numbers of minorities crossing the border. Because immigration officials are “tasked with finding a place for the children to go,” it’s sometimes easier to send the kids along to their illegal parents in the U.S. rather than send them back to their home country.
According to The New York Times, there are approximately 11.7 million illegal immigrants who are currently living in the United States. An immigration reform law is still on the docket in Washington “that could include a pathway to legal status or citizenship for millions of unauthorized immigrants,” according to the Times.
If you or someone you know has questions about immigration or is seeking legal counsel to change your citizenship status, contact an immigration attorney from the Mevorah Law Offices today.