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  • A Second Passport: Lessons From Steve Wozniak And Albert Einstein

    12/23/2014 9:43:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge via Sovereign Man ^ | 12/23/2014 | Simon Black
    In January 1933 Albert Einstein was visiting the US under a research grant from Princeton University.Meanwhile back home in Germany Adolf Hitler had just become elected chancellor and started creating an atmosphere hostile for Jews, intellectuals and pacifists, of which Einstein was three times guilty.Recognizing the danger of continuing to hold a German passport, Einstein traveled to Belgium where he renounced his German citizenship.By that time the Nazis had raided his cottage, confiscated his property and seized his bank accounts.Einstein was heartbroken to see his homeland overrun by fascists, but he didn’t waste any time looking back.As a renowned scientist...
  • The Late Late Show: Craig Becomes An American Citizen

    12/12/2014 4:40:23 PM PST · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 14 replies
    CBS ^ | 12/31/14
    Craig Ferguson takes the oath of citizenship to the United States. Video at link.
  • Why I’m Giving Up My Passport[US Citizenship]

    12/07/2014 7:58:17 PM PST · by Theoria · 32 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 07 Dec 2014 | JONATHAN TEPPER
    LONDON — The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who was born in New York and holds both American and British passports, recently said that he would not pay a tax bill from the United States on capital gains from the sale of his home in the London borough of Islington. Mr. Johnson pointed out that he hasn’t lived in America since he was 5. He’d like to renounce his citizenship, but said the process was “very difficult.”It is, but I am doing it. My “in-person final loss of citizenship appointment” is scheduled for Jan. 14 at the United States Consulate...
  • "God Bless America" (lyrics by Irving Berlin)

    11/27/2014 7:18:59 PM PST · by imardmd1 · 9 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | 1918, rev. 1938 | VANITY
    God Bless America by Irving Berlin While the storm clouds gather far across the sea, Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free. Let us all be grateful for a land so fair, As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. God bless America, Land that I love, Stand beside her and guide her Through the night with a light from above; From the mountains, to the prairies, To the oceans white with foam, God bless America, My home, sweet home; God bless America, My home, sweet home.
  • Obama: Americans Have No Right To Favor Americans

    11/26/2014 9:32:04 AM PST · by Zakeet · 79 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 25, 2014 | Neil Munro
    The only Americans who can legitimately object to immigration are native Indian-Americans, President Barack Obama told his Chicago audience Nov. 24, as he made an impassioned ideological plea for endless immigration, cultural diversity and a big government to manage the resulting multicultural society. “There have been periods where the folks who were already here suddenly say, ‘Well, I don’t want those folks,’ even though the only people who have the right to say that are some Native Americans,” Obama said, rhetorically dismissing the right of 300 million actual Americans to decide who can live in their homeland. Americans should not...
  • Netanyahu: Revoke Citizenship Of Those Calling for Destruction of Israel

    11/08/2014 2:23:54 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 25 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | November 8, 2014 | Israel News Agency Staff
    By Israel News Agency StaffJerusalem — November 8 … Part of the following was communicated by the Israel Prime Minister’s Office to the Israel News Agency. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has released the following statement this evening: “Israel is a nation of law. We will not tolerate disturbances and rioting. We will act against those who throw stones, block roads and call for the establishment of a Palestinian state in place of the State of Israel. Whoever does not honor Israeli law will be punished with utmost severity. I will instruct the Interior Minister to evaluate revoking the citizenship...
  • Say No To Stolen Elections

    11/01/2014 1:02:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 10-31-14
    President Obama Elected with Illegal Votes? European leftists prefer American presidents who are critics of capitalism and fans of redistribution. The same is typically true of others foreigners, according to various surveys that show a Democrat candidate could win in presidential contests where foreigners had a voice at the ballot box. Polls like that are hypothetical, of course, because it is illegal for foreign nationals to vote in federal elections. But a new academic study shows foreign nationals have been in a position to help Democrats steal elections. In fact, the study demonstrates that is likely that President Obama won...
  • Obama administration grants U.S. citizenship to foreign surrogate mothers and egg donors

    10/31/2014 8:31:18 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 35 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/30/14 | Ben Johnson
    The Obama administration has unveiled a new policy that effectively grants U.S. citizenship to foreign women in exchange for acting as surrogate mothers for U.S. couples or selling their eggs to American women. The new policy guidance, announced on Tuesday, redefines the terms “mother” and “father” in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). “A 'natural mother' or 'natural father' is a genetic parent or gestational parent,” the new policy says. This “includes a non-genetic gestational mother if she is the legal parent at the time of birth.” By bearing the child of an American couple, the mother is then placed...
  • More Americans Renounce Citizenship, With 2014 on Pace for a Record

    10/25/2014 9:31:02 PM PDT · by cutty · 16 replies
    wsj ^ | Oct 24, 2014 | Laura Saunders
    Significant numbers of people are continuing to renounce their U.S. citizenship or end their long-term U.S. residency. ... The Treasury Department is required by law to publish a list of the names of people who renounce quarterly. The list doesn’t indicate when people did so or why. It also doesn’t distinguish between people giving up passports and those turning in green cards, or indicate what other nationality the individuals hold.
  • Teaching American Students They're Victims Is A Grave Disservice

    10/15/2014 2:59:41 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10-15-14 | Thomas Sowell
    Goddard College's recent decision to have its students addressed from prison by a convicted cop killer is just one of many unbelievably irresponsible self-indulgences by "educators" in our schools and colleges. Such "educators" teach minorities born with an incredibly valuable windfall gain — American citizenship — that they are victims who have a grievance against people today who have done nothing to them, because of what other people did in other times. If those individuals who feel aggrieved could sell their American citizenship to eager buyers from around the world and leave, everybody would probably be better off. Those who...
  • FBI Director: Americans That Joined ISIS in Syria Are 'Entitled' to Return to US

    10/08/2014 8:56:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/08/2014 | Samuel Smith
    FBI Director James Comey admitted that the "dozen or so" American citizens that are currently fighting with the Islamic State terror group in Syria have the ability and right, as Americans with passports, to return to the homeland. Appearing in his first major television interview since taking the helm of the Bureau in September 2013, Comey said on CBS's "60 Minutes" Sunday night that the FBI is closely tracking about a dozen American citizens whom they believe to be fighting in Syria alongside ISIS militants. He added that although they may be supporting terrorist agendas, they still have the freedom...
  • Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch files for deportation of Barack Obama

    10/03/2014 7:50:30 PM PDT · by bitt · 180 replies
    Freedom Watch USA ^ | Oct 2, 2014 | Larry Klayman
    “In sum, deportation proceedings should be immediately commenced, an investigation undertaken, a full evidentiary hearing held, and Barack Hussein Obama should be removed from the United States,” Klayman writes in his deportation petition. The petition was sent to Thomas Homan of Enforcement Removal Operations at the Department of Homeland Security, Thomas Winkowksi of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Sarah Kendall of the Office of Fraud Detection and National Security at DHS. Klayman explained it is based “on the grounds that he has falsified various birth and other documents with regard to obtaining a U.S. passport and other privileges as an...
  • One-way ticket to hell

    09/23/2014 4:15:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Americans who volunteer for terrorism abroad should be Americans no more It was only a matter of time before anti-terror authorities reported that radicalized American or immigrant Muslims had returned home to the U.S. after taking up arms with ISIS in Iraq or Syria. A ranking Obama administration aide revealed as much on Monday, setting the stage for what must be unflagging surveillance, a drive to prosecute the returned jihadists to the fullest and a rewrite of federal law and policies to raise defenses. The rule should be: If you go to Syria or Iraq to fight as an unauthorized...
  • Germany plans to strip citizenship of citizens which join Islamic State.

    09/21/2014 2:46:02 PM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 25 replies
    German Islamists who join the IS have forfeited their citizenship many Union politicians say. They are planning a change of legislation. Union politicians want to avoid any german national to fight for the terrorist group Islamic State (IS). A corresponding change in the law would achieve a "huge deterrent effect," the chairman of the Bundestag's Committee on Internal Affairs, Wolfgang Bosbach (CDU)told "Welt am Sonntag". Those who join this "terrorist army" ng document their departure from the values of the Federal Republic he said.
  • Ted Cruz’s likely doomed move to strip citizenship from American ISIS fighters

    09/07/2014 9:14:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/07/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    This should prove interesting, if only from the legal perspective. Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced that he will be filing the Expatriate Terrorist Act next week. The legislation, if passed, is intended to strip the citizenship of any Americans who take up arms to fight with ISIS. “Americans who choose to go to Syria or Iraq to fight with vicious ISIS terrorists are party to a terrorist organization committing horrific acts of violence, including beheading innocent American journalists who they have captured,” Cruz said in a statement. “There can be no clearer renunciation of their citizenship in the United...
  • Issues - Greg Orman for Senate

    09/03/2014 5:27:06 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    I decided to run for the United States Senate to represent Kansas as an Independent because I know that Washington is broken. We’re sending the worst of both parties to Washington and we know it. For too long, we’ve elected politicians who continue this broken system that caters to special interests and the extremists in their own parties rather than solving problems of the people who elect them. Unfortunately all that’s led to is a Congress that can’t get anything done. (SNIP) Finally, our policy must also be fair to taxpayers. The 11 million undocumented individuals in America should be...
  • Feds Punish Business For Engaging In ‘Citizenship-Discrimination’

    09/02/2014 1:27:33 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 71 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 2, 2014 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    A Texas catering business will pay the United States $26,400 for engaging in “citizenship-discrimination,” as part of a settlement with the Justice Department announced Tuesday. Culinaire International unlawfully discriminated against employees based on their citizenship status, the Justice Department claimed, because it required non-citizen employees to provide extra proof of their right to work in the United States. Culinaire has agreed to pay the United States $20,460 in civil penalties, receive training in anti-discrimination rules of the Immigration and Nationality Act, revise its work eligibility verification process, and create a $40,000 back pay fund for “potential economic victims.”
  • Obama Inc. to Make it 5X More Expensive to Stop Being a US Citizen

    09/02/2014 7:14:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 09/02/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    That would be a great plan if he wasn’t also making it ten times more expensive to be a US citizen. I’m not sure what comes next. A big concrete wall and barbed wire?Obama is making it easy to come and hard to leave. The only places that do that are prisons and bear traps. It doesn’t say anything good about the American Dream when the country encourages non-taxpayers to come and penalizes taxpayers who want to leave. Americans who are abandoning their citizenship in droves are due to be charged five times more to surrender their passport under government...
  • Corporations Join Droves Renouncing US Citizenship

    08/31/2014 8:08:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Casey Research ^ | 08/30/2014 | Nick Giambruno, Senior Editor, InternationalMan.com
    Don’t be surprised to lose if you don’t make an effort at being competitive.And if you go out of your way to make yourself less competitive, expect to lose.If that sounds like simple common sense, that’s because it is.But it’s also exactly what the US has been doing for years—enacting tax policies that sabotage its global economic competitiveness.It’s like trying to get in shape for a marathon by going on an all-McDonald’s diet. (Speaking of McDonalds, check out this funny video spoof of what their commercials should really look like.)Here are two major reasons why the US is lagging in...
  • U.S. Hikes Fee To Renounce Citizenship By 422%

    08/29/2014 1:42:28 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 49 replies
    Forbes ^ | Aug 28, 2014 | Robert W. Wood
    Over the last two years, the U.S. has had a spike in expatriations. It isn’t exactly Ellis Island in reverse, but it’s more than a dribble. With global tax reporting and FATCA, the list of the individuals who renounced is up. For 2013, there was a 221% increase, with record numbers of Americans renouncing. The Treasury Department is required to publish a quarterly list, but these numbers are under-stated, some say considerably. The presence or absence of tax motivation is no longer relevant, but that could change. After Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin departed for Singapore, Senators Chuck Schumer and Bob...
  • Voter citizenship issue goes before federal court

    08/24/2014 12:31:36 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 8-24-14 | Roxanna Hegeman
    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by Kansas and Arizona will be argued before a federal appeals court panel this week as the states seek to force federal election officials to impose proof-of-citizenship requirements on national voter registration forms. At the crux of the closely watched case in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver is whether the federal government or states have ultimate authority to regulate voter registration. Each side contends the U.S. Constitution supports its position. Monday's arguments come after the U.S. Election Assistance Commission filed an appeal seeking to overturn a federal judge's order...
  • 300,000 could lose Obamacare coverage without proof of citizenship

    08/13/2014 7:48:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/13/2014 | Rick Moran
    The Obama administration announced yesterday that they are informing 310,000 Obamacare enrollees that unless they can offer proof of citizenship before September 5, they will lose their insurance. The problem: Because of the administration's incompetence, the healthcare.gov website - still not finished - can't determine whether an enrollee is a citizen or not. From Wall Street Journal: "The Obama administration moved Tuesday to cut off health insurance for up to 310,000 people who signed up through the HealthCare.gov system unless they can provide documents in the next few weeks showing they are U.S. citizens or legal residents. Those individuals have...
  • New York to DC: We'll Figure Out Immigration On Our Own Since You Can't

    08/04/2014 5:29:38 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4 Aug 2014 | Rebecca McCray
    This week felt like déjŕ vu all over again for immigration activists who held hunger strikes ahead of Christmas break. The House and Senate, one of the least productive to ever set foot in the nation's Capitol, left Washington this week to go on vacation without bringing forward a vote on reform. Again. But activists aren't the only ones fed up with Congress’ inaction on immigration reform. The country's largest states—California, New York, and Texas—have been looking for ways to take matters into their own hands when it comes to granting rights to undocumented residents. In New York, State Senator...
  • Obama, the ‘Pinball Wizard’, Tilting America

    07/28/2014 7:47:17 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/28/14 | Sandy Stringfellow
    Ladies and Gentlemen, redistribution of wealth – a Marxist staple from way back – was one objective of King Barry-Care. This was admitted by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on the ABC television network program This Week in 2013. According to Ben Shapiro at Breitbart (November 17, 2013) in his article titled ‘Dem Senator: ‘We All Knew’ Obama Was Lying’.
  • RAHN: The end of the progressive income tax

    07/10/2014 5:40:08 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 83 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2014 | Richard Rahn
    July 1 might go down in history as the beginning of the end of the comprehensive, progressive income tax. A progressive income tax, in which the government attempts to tax all labor income and capital income, such as interest, dividends and capital gains more than once, cannot help becoming so complex that it eventually dies of its own weight. This is particularly true when the government attempts to tax the worldwide income of its “tax persons” rather than the income located in its own territory. The complexity is caused by the never-ending attempt to define what income is and what...
  • The Movement to Give the Vote to Non-Citizens Begins

    07/05/2014 6:44:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/05/2014 | Victor Keith
    With the newest border crisis focusing on the influx of immigrants from Central America, many of them children, the political punching bag that is immigration reform is again leading the news.  Democrats, incongruously, claim that the obvious ineffectiveness of our border is proof that we need to reform immigration laws to allow current foreigners who are here illegally to stay.  How this stops the flow rather than increase it is not explained.Many Republicans have taken up the cause of amnesty by raising the curious proposition that many of those currently here illegally may eventually join the ranks of the Republican...
  • The POPVOX Blog

    07/04/2014 1:06:42 PM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    popvox.com ^ | 7/3/2014 | marci
    Dear POPVOX Friends, On behalf of our entire POPVOX Team, I want to wish you a very happy Independence Day, and share some exciting news. The Library of Congress is now archiving POPVOX content -- including your comments to Congress* -- for the official national historical record. We have been notified by the Library of Congress that POPVOX has been selected for inclusion in the official digital archives of the United States. (The full notice is posted below.) The Library of Congress preserves “the Nation’s cultural artifacts” and “materials of historical importance to the Congress and the American people.” This...
  • U.S. Can Kill Citizens Abroad Under Certain Circumstances, Memo Says

    06/23/2014 10:35:11 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | 06/23/2014 | Devlin Barrett
    The U.S. government can kill an American citizen abroad if that person is plotting to attack Americans and U.S. authorities can't apprehend them, according to a newly declassified government memo. The document laid out the legal rationale for a drone-missile strike that killed terror suspect Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen in 2011. The 2010 memo, which a court released Monday, has been at the heart of a debate about the legality of the U.S. government ordering deadly force from a drone against a U.S. citizen overseas. The strike...
  • Immigration reform moves to states; New York eyes citizenship after 3 years of taxes

    06/16/2014 2:56:43 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 38 replies
    http://washingtonexaminer.com ^ | June 16, 2014 | PAUL BEDARD
    The frustration with Washington's inaction on any type of immigration reform has forced proponents to shift their attention to states such as New York where a new plan was offered Monday to grant citizenship and voting rights after an illegal immigrant pays three years of taxes. The Washington-based Center for Popular Democracy said the New York legislative effort to provide citizenship benefits to three million immigrants is the result of the fallout of congressional gridlock and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's defeat last week, which pundits blamed on his support for reform. SNIP The New York legislation, titled “New York...
  • Sen. Cruz formally gives up Canadian citizenship

    06/10/2014 7:11:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 268 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 10, 2014 8:16 PM EDT | Will Weissert
    Canada-born U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has made good on a promise to renounce his birth country’s citizenship—doing so amid speculation he could make a run at the White House in 2016. Spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said Cruz’s action became official May 14 and that Texas’ junior senator received written confirmation at his home in Houston on Tuesday. She said the tea-party-backed Republican “is pleased to have the process finalized.” “Being a U.S. Senator representing Texas, it makes sense he should be only an American citizen,” Frazier said in an email. …
  • Poll: 62 percent support pathway to citizenship for illegals

    06/10/2014 12:21:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/10/2014 | By SEUNG MIN KIM
    More than 60 percent of Americans back a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living here illegally — winning support from majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents, according to a sweeping new poll to be released Tuesday. When it comes to undocumented immigrants, 62 percent of Americans believe they should be allowed to gain citizenship if they meet certain requirements, while 17 percent would support green cards but not citizenship for them. Meanwhile, 19 percent think the undocumented immigrants should be deported. Split down by party, 70 percent of Democrats, 61 percent of political independents and 51 percent of Republicans said...
  • I Hereby Declare: Reasserting the Principles of United States Citizenship

    06/03/2014 7:08:52 PM PDT · by Fester Chugabrew · 26 replies
    Self | 6/3/2014 | Self
    I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United...
  • Majority says child born outside U.S. to one American-citizen parent isn’t a “natural born” citizen

    05/27/2014 5:32:13 PM PDT · by Sam Troy · 76 replies
    HOTAIR ^ | 5-27-2014
    The easiest prediction of the 2016 primaries is that Republicans will have a profound change of heart on who is and isn’t “natural born” once more of them become better acquainted with the circumstances of Ted Cruz’s birth. For now, though: Disqualified. Fifty-two percent overall and 53 percent of Republicans think you’re not “natural born” if you were born abroad to an American-citizen mother — and yet, when asked point-blank whether Cruz is eligible to be president, 55 percent of Republicans say yes versus just nine percent who say no. When asked the same question of Obama, the split is...
  • WHO IS A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN?

    05/25/2014 6:04:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 97 replies
    YOUGOV ^ | 05/25/2014 | by Kathy Frankovic
    American attitudes to who is and who is not a natural born citizen are as varied as the country itself, with partisan disagreement on whether a child born in the US to immigrant parents is a natural born American Partisanship plays a major role in how Americans decide who should be eligible for the Presidency, and the concept of what being “natural born” means also plays a role.  The U.S. Constitution, in Article II, states that only “natural born” citizens are eligible to serve (it also sets an age limit and grandfathered in anyone who was a citizen at the...
  • Joe Biden on illegal immigrants: The 11 million people in the shadows are “already Americans”

    05/05/2014 6:26:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/05/2014 | AllahPundit
    Last month, Rand Paul was asked what he thought of Jeb Bush’s “act of love” comment about illegals. They’re not bad people, Paul conceded, but that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be a limiting principle on illegal immigration. It can’t be that love for a family member who’s here or even love for America itself entitles you to violate the country’s immigration law, especially when we have a welfare state that we can’t pay for already. “You know, the whole world loves America,” he argued, “and they can’t all come.”Can’t they? If you take Biden seriously, which, granted, is always a...
  • Instant Citizens: The pressing issue of "birth tourism"

    05/02/2014 5:35:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/02/2014 | A.J. Delgado
    A new report by Rick Folbaum of CBSÂ’s Miami affiliate shines light upon a pressing issue all too often ignored: women flocking to the U.S. in order to take advantage of the countryÂ’s notoriously generous birthright-citizenship policy. If a woman is here on vacation, or just passing through, and gives birth to a child on American soil: Boom! Automatic citizen! It may be that neither the child nor his parents have any ties whatsoever to the United States, yet the child is now an American citizen just as if his parents had worked, paid taxes, and been part of...
  • More renounce US citizenship but deny stereotype

    04/27/2014 8:08:31 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 34 replies
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | April 27, 2014 | ADAM GELLER
    Inside the long-awaited package, six pages of government paperwork dryly affirmed Carol Tapanila's anxious request. But when Tapanila slipped the contents from the brown envelope, she saw there was something more. "We the people...." declared the script inside her U.S. passport — now with four holes punched through it from cover to cover. Her departure from life as an American was stamped final on the same page: "Bearer Expatriated Self." With the envelope's arrival, Tapanila, a native of upstate New York who has lived in Canada since 1969, joined a largely overlooked surge of Americans rejecting what is, to millions,...
  • Vietnam Vet Gets Retirement Surprise: He's Not a Citizen

    04/18/2014 2:55:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Apr 18, 2014 | Chris Roberts
    San Lorenzo man serves in military, works a lifetime -- "illegally."It took Lee Smith quite some time to find out that he wasn't a U.S. citizen. During which time he served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and lived and worked in the Bay Area for nearly 44 years. Smith, 65, a retired sheet metal fabricator, discovered he wasn't a citizen upon turning 65 and trying -- and failing -- to collect his Social Security benefits, according to The Daily Review. He joined the Army in 1969 and took the oath of citizenship -- a requirement for him to be...
  • Can States Require Proof of Citizenship for Voting?

    04/01/2014 6:18:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 1, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    In 2011, Kansas passed the SAFE Act — Safe and Fair Elections — which requires voter ID, proof of citizenship and signature verification. In other words, it’s designed to make sure that all votes cast in Kansas are cast legally by the person identified as the voter. The law was to go into effect January 1, 2013. But the Obama administration stood in the way. At issue are the forms states use to register voters for federal elections. Kansas and Arizona require proof of citizenship, while the federal government’s form — incredibly — does not. The federal government attempted to...
  • Voting rights activists appeal proof-of-citizenship ruling

    03/28/2014 3:38:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 28, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Civil rights groups on Friday appealed last week’s federal court decision that said states can require proof of citizenship on their voter registration forms — a ruling the activist groups said runs counter to Supreme Court precedent. The judge had ruled that the federal Election Assistance Commission couldn’t refuse requests by Kansas and Arizona that registration cards distributed in their states include proof of citizenship requirements. But the activists said that imposes an illegal burden on would-be voters. “The EAC has the authority to reject the states’ unproven claims and unreasonable request to require more paperwork from eligible Americans who...
  • Federal judge: Yes, Arizona and Kansas can require voters to prove their citizenship

    03/19/2014 7:20:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/19/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Under the oh so august leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder, the Obama administration has been doing their very best to thwart various states in their individual endeavors to implement voter ID laws. In this latest iteration of that ongoing battle, the Federal Election Assistance Commission has so far refused to help state officials in Kansas and Arizona change federal election registration forms to include proof of citizenship. Both states have new voter-ID measures measures that require new voters to provide a birth certificate, passport, or other documentation to prove their citizenship, while the federal registration form only requires that...
  • The World Citizen on Campus: For today’s college students, being American is so passé.

    03/14/2014 6:34:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/14/2014 | Peter Wood
    ‘Global citizenship” is in fashion. In his July 2008 speech in Berlin, when Barack Obama was at the height of his European popularity, he announced himself “a proud citizen of the United States and a fellow citizen of the world.” The formulation was meant to one-up President Kennedy’s Cold War “Ich bin ein Berliner” but hit a different note entirely. One was the voice of American statesmanship; the other, of a man turning his back on American exceptionalism. The campus Left has found in the conceit of teaching students to be “citizens of the world” a new way of fostering...
  • Why expats are ditching their U.S. passports: Here's a profile of some of them...

    03/11/2014 9:07:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 165 replies
    CNN Money via Yahoo News ^ | 03/11/2014 | Sophia Yan
    3,000 Americans around the world renounced their citizenship last year. Meet five U.S. citizens who have given up their passports -- or are thinking about it -- to escape an overly complicated tax code. I threw up after renouncing View photo.Donna-Lane NelsonName: Donna-Lane Nelson, 71Lives in: Geneva, Switzerland I renounced my U.S. citizenship in 2011. After I did it, I was so emotional that I threw up outside the embassy. During my renunciation, I broke down. It was like getting a divorce. America gave me my education, a good career path, and I came from a beautiful part of the...
  • Could you pass a US citizenship test?

    03/03/2014 11:03:12 AM PST · by kingattax · 52 replies
    CSMonitor ^ | 3-3-14 | Staff
    In order to become a US citizen, immigrants must pass the Naturalization Test. American citizenship bestows the right to vote, improves the likelihood of family members living in other countries to come and live in the US, gives eligibility for federal jobs, and can be a way to demonstrate loyalty to the US. Applicants must get 6 answers out of 10 in an oral exam to pass the test. According to US Citizenship and Immigration services, 92 percent of applicants pass this test. You must get 58 or more of these test questions correct in order to pass.
  • Record number of Americans give up citizenship

    02/13/2014 5:32:03 PM PST · by mgist · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2/11/14 | Frank
    While Washington is focused on immigration, tax experts are focused on the opposite issue: a surge in Americans moving out. Last year, a record 2,999 Americans gave up their citizenship or terminated their long-term U.S. residency, according to new data from the U.S. Treasury Department. That was more than three times the number in 2012, and greater than the combined totals for 2011 and 2012. Many will look at these numbers and say they are proof that America's high taxes are chasing Americans overseas. After all, many of the expatiates who have been named are wealthy or high earners—like Facebook...
  • Spain:Muslim Groups Demand Citizenship for Millions(Based on Law for Citizenship of Expelled Jews)

    02/23/2014 4:26:46 PM PST · by lbryce · 27 replies
    The Clarion Project ^ | February 23, 2014 | BY SOEREN KERN
    Original Title:Spain: Muslim Groups Demand Citizenship for Millions The demands are for descendants of Muslims expelled from Spain in the Middle Ages when Muslim invaders were kicked out by Christians. Muslim groups are demanding Spanish citizenship for potentially millions of descendants of Muslims who were expelled from Spain during the Middle Ages. The growing clamor for "historical justice" comes after the recent approval of a law that would grant Spanish citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain in 1492. Muslim supporters say they are entitled to the same rights and privileges as Jews because both groups were expelled...
  • Canadians with US citizenship required to file with IRS

    02/17/2014 3:20:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Toronto Star on Politisite Blog ^ | February 12, 2014 | By Karl Gotthardt
    The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA) requires Canadian residents with US or dual citizenship to file tax returns with the IRS, regardless of whether or not this income was earned in the US. This, on the outside looks like double taxation. To add insult to injury, filing a tax return with the IRS is costly and most US residents living in Canada have no idea of the requirement. Talk about picking on the Middle Class. In their never ending desire for pork barrel politics, the US government has taken a G20 agreement to exchange tax information in order to...
  • Statement on Faith Traditions and Immigration Policy: A Jewish Perspective Senate Judiciary..

    02/15/2014 7:35:34 PM PST · by Sheapdog · 8 replies
    Center For Immigration Studies ^ | October 2009 | Stephen Steinlight
    Preface Dear Senator Schumer and Senator Cornyn: I address you, respectfully, as a patriotic American and a faithful Jew, the son of a refugee and a first-generation American. This statement is written for “the record,” though I and devout Catholic and Protestant thinkers – also knowledgeable in the field of immigration policy – should have been given the opportunity to testify before the Subcommittee at the hearings on Thursday, October 8. Thus I begin my statement with a protest. You have invited only representatives of faith groups that support open-borders immigration, amnesty, and “comprehensive immigration reform,” policies profoundly unpopular with...
  • The number of Americans who renounced their citizenship in 2013 just shattered 2011's record

    02/10/2014 7:21:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/10/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    There are any number of reasons a person might consider giving up their U.S. citizenship, ranging from the familial to the professional to the financial, but for me at least, it would take a heck of a lot for me to even think about it. And by “a heck of a lot,” I mean that I have difficulty fathoming a situation in which I would actually want to give up my citizenship and/or live anywhere permanently other than the United States, because from where I’m sitting, the mere suggestion sounds pretty ghastly — which is precisely why our spiking expatriation...
  • 2013 Expatriations Increase by 221%: Number of Americans Who Renounced U.S. Citizenship Soars

    02/07/2014 8:14:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    International Tax Blog ^ | 02/07/2014 | Andrew Mitchell
    Today the Treasury Department published the names of individuals who renounced their U.S. citizenship or terminated their long-term U.S. residency (“expatriated”) during the fourth quarter of 2013. The number of published expatriates for the quarter was 630, bringing the total number of published expatriates in 2013 to 2,999.  The total for the year shatters the previous record high of 1,781 set in 2011 and is a 221% increase over the 2012 total of 932.We do not believe that the primary reason for the increase in expatriations is for political purposes or for individuals to reduce taxes.  Instead, we believe that...