The false reports from the media have lots of people confused about US policy concerning the citizenship of children. I wrote about the confusion last week.
Twice this week, I’ve heard the false story that President Trump has decreed that children born on US soil will not automatically be US citizens!
Supposedly, the”law” will become final in October.
While President Trump favours ending “birthright” citizenship, Congress would have to change many laws they passed in the past.
But it’s not true!
There was an announcement of a policy clarification by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Children born on US soil are – and will continue to be for the foreseeable future – US citizens even if their parents aren’t citizens except where parents are in special positions, like diplomats for another country. This automatic citizenship even includes babies born on US soil to parents here illegally.
The policy changes
you’ve heard about concern children who -already- weren’t
considered citizens by our State dept
A difference between the practices of the State department and the US Citizenship and Immigration Services is resulted in some children who thought they were citizens unable to obtain a passport.
The few who are affected are children whose parents aren’t citizens when they were born out, non-citizen children who are adopted, and children whose (neither) citizen parents have never lived in the US a minimum total of 5 years.
In spite of all the hyperbole last weekend, there hasn’t been much clarifying coverage in the news. Raise your hand if you’re not surprised.