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  • 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 weeks 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 couldnt 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 todays college students, being American is so pass.

    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 Kennedys 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 earnerslike 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...
  • Immigration Strategery

    02/05/2014 5:01:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    American Spectator ^ | Ross Kaminsky
    "........With elections as close as those we expect to see later this year in key Senate races in Louisiana, Arkansas, Alaska, and possibly in my home state of Colorado, the GOP is wise to try to counter the Democrats cartoon-like depiction of Republicans as prioritizing Obamas failure over the nations success. Beginning a very public discussion of immigration reform with a clear, short list of Republican principles including border enforcement first, and despite the cries of amnesty from the right-wing of the party, is politically astute. Most Americans, including most Republicans, believe our immigration system is broken and in need...
  • Palestinian In Damascus: We Do Not Want Palestine..We Ask For Israeli Citizenship

    01/27/2014 5:25:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Israellycool ^ | 1/26/14 | Aussie Dave
    Tens of thousands of people in Yarmouk, mostly palestinians, have been besieged for months by Syrian government forces, with little access to food and medicine. The below video was taken in Yarmouk and posted to YouTube Palestinian In Damascus: We Do Not Want Palestine..We Ask For Israeli Citizenship Posted by: Aussie Dave in Aussie Dave January 26, 2014 4 Comments 156 Views Tens of thousands of people in Yarmouk, mostly palestinians, have been besieged for months by Syrian government forces, with little access to food and medicine. The below video was taken in Yarmouk and posted to YouTube . Its...
  • Fugitive Illegal Alien Obtains Security Clearance, Access to Arizona Air Force Base

    01/21/2014 6:47:17 PM PST · by montag813 · 12 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 01-21-2014 | John Urban
    by John Urban | TopRight News A potentially disastrous security breach by the Pentagon was discovered bysheriff's deputies during a routine traffic stop in Southern Arizona. Pinal County deputies stopped a 2006 Ford Expedition for a traffic violation.The Mexican national initially presented an Arizona Identification Card, in the name of Armando Villalobos of Phoenix. A records check revealed that not only did the illegal alien have no driver's license, but there were outstanding felony warrants for his arrest in Texas.The suspect eventually told the deputy that his real name was in fact Mario Bustamante, 37, and that he was in...
  • Power play: Federal ruling forbids states from checking voters citizenship

    01/18/2014 9:41:19 AM PST · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal commission rejected three states requests to ask voters for proof of citizenship, issuing a complex decision Friday that said its up to the national government, not the states, to decide what to include on registration forms. Under the motor-voter law, federal officials distribute voter-registration forms in all of the states. Arizona, Kansas and Georgia all asked that those forms request proof of citizenship, but the federal Election Assistance Commission rejected that in a 46-page ruling. The EAC said states can check drivers license databases or ask federal immigration authorities for information, but they cannot tell the federal government...
  • Ted Cruz says hes hired lawyers to renounce Canadian citizenship

    12/30/2013 2:48:37 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 12-28-13 | Todd J. Gillman
    WASHINGTON The junior senator from Texas is still a Canadian. But hes working on it, eh? Born in Alberta 43 years ago last Sunday, Sen. Ted Cruz was unaware of his dual nationality until The Dallas Morning News explored the issue in August. Since then, he said in a recent interview, I have retained counsel that is preparing the paperwork to renounce the citizenship. He expects to complete the process in 2014. That time frame jibes with predictions from Canadian legal experts. He doesnt dispute holding dual citizenship. Not at this point, he said. When Cruz was born, his...
  • Is There A "Right To Gain Citizenship"?

    12/17/2013 9:13:46 AM PST · by thetallguy24 · 18 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 12/16/2013 | Hal Hawkins
    In a live Skype event on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden emphasized that illegal immigrants or illegal aliens or undocumented immigrants (or whatever you want to call them) should have an opportunity to earn the right to gain their citizenship. The word right is a rather serious word to use, at least from a legal argument. It essentially means you are owed something, and the government can take it away legally. This begs the question: Is everyone owed the right to gain American citizenship? Originally, our rights were considered to have originated from nature or God. As Thomas Jefferson stated,...
  • Egypt begins revoking citizenship of Hamas leaders

    12/02/2013 11:18:20 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/12/13 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    The Egyptian authorities have begun revoking the citizenship of Hamas leaders, according to reports in Palestinian and Egyptian media outlets. The move is seen in the context of intensifying tensions between Egypt and Hamas in the aftermath of the downfall of deposed President Mohammed Morsis regime. Under Morsis rule, the Egyptian authorities granted Egyptian citizenship to thousands of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, including top Hamas officials. One of the Hamas leaders who received an Egyptian passport was Mahmoud Zahar, who was born to an Egyptian mother. The Palestinian daily Al-Quds reported that the Egyptian authorities have taken effective measures...
  • I Want an American Baby! Chinese Women Flock to the U.S. to Give Birth

    11/28/2013 9:38:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    TIME ^ | 11/28/2013 | By Hannah Beech
    Lured by U.S. citizenship for their children, thousands of Chinese women give birth annually in the States, supporting a thriving birth-tourism industry. Jiang Wenjun was getting ready to go to America. His wife, due to give birth to their son any day, was already there. Like any expectant parents, the Shanghai couple agonized over how best to prepare for the arrival and upbringing of their firstborn child. American citizenship, they decided, was one of the finest gifts they could bestow. America is the strongest country in the world, says Jiang, whose son was born just days after he...
  • Tina Turner formally relinquishes U.S. citizenship

    11/12/2013 6:14:51 PM PST · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/12/2013 | Al Kamen
    <p>This item just in via an activity report from the U.S. Embassy inBern, Switzerland, headlined SoulLegend Relinquishes U.S. Citizenship.</p> <p>Long-time Swiss resident Tina Turner was in the embassy Oct. 24 to sign her Statement of Voluntary Relinquishment of U.S. Citizenship under Section 349 (a)(1) of the INA the Immigration and Naturalization Act.</p>
  • California Makes U.S. Citizenship Obsolete

    10/27/2013 3:48:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | October 9, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    On Saturday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Trust Act. It prohibits illegal aliens from being turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities for possible deportation unless they have been charged with or convicted of a serious offense. While Washington waffles on immigration, Californias forging ahead, Brown said. Im not waiting. California is indeed forging ahead. Last Thursday, Brown signed a bill allowing illegal aliens to obtain drivers licenses. Millions of immigrant families have been looking forward to this day, said Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo, who sponsored the bill. It will allow them to go to work,...
  • Why are Americans giving up their citizenship?

    09/26/2013 6:19:38 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 41 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 September 2013 | Tom Geoghegan
    The number of Americans giving up their citizenship has rocketed this year - partly, it's thought, because of a new tax law that has frustrated many ex-pats. Goodbye, US passport. That's not a concept that Americans contemplate lightly. But it's one that many of them seem to be considering - and acting on. The number of expatriates renouncing their US citizenship surged in the second quarter of 2013, compared with the same period the year before - 1,131 cases to 189 in 2012. The list is compiled by the Federal Register and while no reasons are given, the big looming...
  • Is Kenichi Ebina a citizen ?

    09/19/2013 5:47:46 AM PDT · by knarf · 36 replies
    various ^ | September 19, 2013 | knarf
    I confess to watching the last 4 or 5 America's Got Talent shows ...
  • Fed-Up Americans Turning In Passports Over Taxes

    09/06/2013 5:27:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Real Clear ^ | 09/04/2013
    Apparently taxes do have consequences after all. CNNMoney reports that the number of Americans choosing to give up their citizenship has spiked dramatically this year as the government works to implement a new disclosure law aimed at stamping out tax evasion. Some of the rush may be caused by Americans hoping to avoid the new disclosure requirements. Others living abroad say they are giving up their U.S. passport because they are tired of dealing with overly complicated tax filings. Unlike most countries, the United States continues to tax citizens on all income, regardless of where it is earned or...
  • Why Ted Cruz Is Without Doubt a Natural Born Citizen

    09/02/2013 9:58:26 AM PDT · by xzins · 350 replies
    Bloggerrs and Personal | 2 Sep 13 | Xzins
    From Blackstone, year 1765: Yet the children of the king's embassadors born abroad were always held to be natural subjects: for as the father, though in a foreign country, owes not even a local allegiance to the prince to whom he is sent; so, with regard to the son also, he was held (by a kind of postliminium) to be born under the king of England's allegiance, represented by his father, the embassador. To encourage also foreign commerce, it was enacted by statute 25 Edw. III. st. 2. that all children born abroad, provided both their parents were...
  • House Republicans Advocate Path, Not Pathway, To Citizenship

    09/02/2013 7:00:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Zorro Noticias Latino ^ | Septiembre 01, 2013
    A central question Congress is wrestling with over the current proposed immigration legislation is whether the 11 million immigrants already in the United States illegally should get a path to citizenship. And surprisingly, the answer from a small but growing number of House Republicans is yes, just as long as its not the special path advocated by Democrats and passed by the Senate. Many House Republicans say people who illegally crossed the border or overstayed their visas should not be rewarded with a special, tailor-made solution that awards them a prize of American citizenship, especially when millions are waiting...
  • Mark Levin Addresses Ted Cruz Eligibility Issue posed by Ridgewood, NJ Man at Book Signing

    08/27/2013 10:44:47 AM PDT · by one guy in new jersey · 585 replies
    The Ridgewood Blog ^ | August 27, 2013 | PJBlogger
    Partial Transcript of the Mark Levin Show aired live on Monday, August 19, 2013 [start at 0:26 of the podcast recording] Hello everybody, Mark Levin here, our number 877-381-3811, 877-381-3811. Mark Levin: Before we jump in, all I can say is, Wow! You guys, open your microphones a second. Thousands of people at both booksignings. Wasnt that unbelievable? Staffer: There were a lot of people there, it was great. Mark Levin: And the people were just spectacular, werent they? Except for one guy in New Jersey which Ill talk about later. Staffer: [chuckles] Mark Levin: This this birther stuff is...
  • Ted Cruz could beat Hillary

    08/21/2013 9:09:21 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 144 replies ^ | Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 03:30 AM PDT | Jonathan Bernstein
    He may be a right-wing nut, but the Texas senator can beat a Democrat in a general election. Here's why Theres been some more buzz this week about Ted Cruzs presidential prospects. The demagoguing senator took his first trip to Iowa just six months after being sworn in to office, and hes pretty clearly reaching for the White House. Early reports are that its going well. And Rich Yeselson wrote a high-profile (and fascinating) essay arguing that, basically, Cruz is perfectly positioned for reaching the top of the Republican ticket. The focus of this piece is on Cruzs general election...
  • Lou Dobbs Rips Media Birther Bias: (Asks) Why'd It Take Obama So Long To Release Birth Certificate?

    08/22/2013 1:00:19 PM PDT · by Cold Case Posse Supporter · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-22-2013 | Lou Dobbs
    Must See TV: Fox News' Lou Dobbs Defends Birthers; Why'd It Take Obama Years To Release Birth Certificate - See more at:
  • ACLU: Muslims face more scrutiny for citizenship

    08/21/2013 10:02:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 21, 2013 12:52 PM EDT | Amy Taxin
    A government program to screen immigrants for national security concerns has blacklisted some Muslims and put their U.S. citizenship applications on hold for years, civil liberties advocates said Wednesday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said in a report that the previously undisclosed program instructs federal immigration officers to find ways to deny applications that have been deemed a national security concern. For example, they flag discrepancies in a petition or claim they didnt receive sufficient information from the immigrant. The criteria used by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to blacklist immigrants are overly broad and include traveling...
  • Cruz Will Renounce Canadian Citizenship

    08/19/2013 6:17:17 PM PDT · by kristinn · 535 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, August 19, 2013 | Aaron Blake
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced Monday evening that he will renounce his Canadian citizenship, less than 24 hours after a newspaper pointed out that the Canadian-born senator likely maintains dual citizenship. Now the Dallas Morning News says that I may technically have dual citizenship, Cruz said in a statement. Assuming that is true, then sure, I will renounce any Canadian citizenship. Nothing against Canada, but Im an American by birth and as a U.S. senator; I believe I should be only an American. SNIP Because I was a U.S. citizen at birth, because I left Calgary when I was 4...
  • Ted Cruz Releases Birth Certificate Was Born to American Mother in Canada

    08/19/2013 8:49:38 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 51 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8-19-2013 | Jim Hoft
    Dallas News Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) released his birth certificate this weekend. The popular Republican was born in Canada to an American mother. TPM reported: In an effort to repudiate suggestions that he is ineligible to be president of the United States, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) released his birth certificate Sunday to The Dallas Morning News. The birth certificate confirmed that the Texas Republican was born Dec. 22, 1970 in Calgary, Alberta. Because he was born to an American mother, Cruz instantly became an American citizen. But he also immediately became a Canadian citizen under the countrys law. Given his...
  • Yes Ted Cruz Is Eligible To Be President

    08/14/2013 5:32:18 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 89 replies
    DrewsMusing ^ | 08.13.13
    Contra Ace and Ann Coulter, its actually not that complicated. Yes, Cruzs story is a little unique but its not even remotely complex. Lets go to the actual law according to the Customs and Immigration Service
  • U.S. Expats Balk at Tax Law: American Citizen Renunciations Are Soaring

    08/13/2013 5:33:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/12/2013 | MARIKO SANCHANTA And JASON CHOW
    The U.S.'s crackdown on global tax evaders is prompting some Americans in Asia to rethink their citizenship, attorneys there say, in part amid an increasing burden of paperwork required by U.S. tax law. "When I became an immigration lawyer 30 years ago, people really were excited about going to America. Now, more than half of my clients are people thinking of other alternatives rather than people seeking to immigrate to America," said Eugene Chow, the principal of Chow King & Associates in Hong Kong. "My mentor, who is in his early 80s, said to me, 'You became an immigration lawyer...
  • RUSH: Giving up citizenship -which nation is the New America?

    08/12/2013 10:42:33 AM PDT · by Deathtomarxists · 114 replies
    Just listening to Rush He is discussing the increase in people giving up US citizenship. I have thought about this as have many in my family. But where to go? Is it really an option politically and financially? Which culture would be the best fit for an ex-American citizen? What kind of legal hassles would result? Please be specific as to why you feel the country you state is the "best" country to immigrate to; political/social atmosphere, wage, social mobility, entrepreneurial opportunities, etc.
  • Was There A Birth Certificate?: Trump Battles ABCs Jon Karl Over Obamas, Ted Cruzs Citizenship

    08/12/2013 9:02:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    MediaIte ^ | 08/12/2013 | Evan McMurry
    Potential 2016 presidential contender Donald Trump spoke to ABC’s Jonathan Karl Sunday morning and reignited the birther issue that he helped spark back in 2011, questioning the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s birth certificate and wondering whether Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, was eligible to president.“Was there a birth certificate?” Trump asked. “You tell me. Some people say that was not his birth certificate. I’m saying I don’t know. Nobody knows. And you don’t know, either, Jonathan. You’re a smart guy, you don’t know, either.”“I’m pretty convinced he was born in the United States,” Karl said.“Ah! Pretty convinced,”...
  • MASSIVE jump in people who renounced US citizenship last quarter

    08/08/2013 2:33:33 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 90 replies Makarska, Croatia ^ | August 8, 2013 Makarska, Croatia | by Simon Black Makarska, Croatia
    Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog, A massive 1,131 individuals renounced their US citizenship last quarter, according to data that has yet to be officially released (though I was able to procure an advanced copy). This is a HUGE jump. Compared to the same quarter last year in which 188 people renounced their US citizenship, this years number is over SIX TIMES higher. Not to mention, it's 66.5% higher than last quarter's 679 renunciations. This brings the total number of renunciations so far this year to 1,810. While still embryonic, it's difficult to ignore this trend more and...
  • Number of Americans Renouncing Citizenship Surges

    08/09/2013 12:17:12 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies
    Number of Americans Renouncing Citizenship Surges Expert Says 2013 on Pace to See Highest Number of U.S. Expatriations Ever By LAURA SAUNDERS CONNECT The number of Americans renouncing their citizenship or permanent-resident status surged to 1,130 for the second quarter. According to international tax lawyer Andrew Mitchel, who practices in Centerbrook, Conn., it's the highest number of quarterly expatriations ever reported, and it puts 2013 on pace to have the largest number of renunciations ever. The Internal Revenue Service publishes a quarterly list of the names of recent expatriates in the Federal Register. Experts note that sometimes there's a delay...
  • Companies help immigrants obtain US citizenship (legal ones)

    08/03/2013 7:54:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 3, 2013 2:55 PM EDT | Amy Taxin
    For immigrants working toward the American Dream, some employers are now helping them reach their dream of becoming Americans. Health clinics, hotels and a clothing factory are pairing up with immigrant advocates to offer on-site citizenship assistance as one of the perks of the job in greater Los Angeles, Miami, Washington and Silicon Valley as they aim to make naturalization more convenient for the 8.5 million legal immigrants eligible to become U.S. citizens. The effort is billed as a win-win for both employee and employers: Workers avoid legal fees and having to shuttle to and from law offices to complete...
  • Due to Increased Regulations, Millions of Americans Abroad Forced to Reconsider U.S. Citizenship

    07/17/2013 12:33:53 PM PDT · by Errant · 67 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 17 July, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or Fatca, is forcing millions of Americans living abroad to reconsider their U.S. citizenship, a lawyer, Colleen Graffy, writes in the Wall Street Journal. "The legislation is Fatca, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. To appreciate its breathtaking scope along with America's unique "citizen-based" tax practices, imagine this: You were born in California, moved to New York for education or work, fell in love, married and had children. Even though you have faithfully paid taxes in New York and haven't lived in California for 25 years, suppose California law required that you also file...
  • (Fort Hood killer) Hasan releases documents denouncing U.S. citizenship

    08/03/2013 8:56:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 49 replies
    UPI ^ | 8/02/13
    **SNIP** "I Nadal Hasan, am compelled to renounce my oaths of alliances that require me to support or defend a man made constitution. I therefore formally renounce my oath of office as well as any other implicit or explicit oaths I have made. This includes my citizenship," Hasan wrote. "There is an inherent and irreconcilable conflict. In an American democracy 'we the people' govern according to what 'we the people' think is right or wrong, even if it specifically goes against what All-Mighty God commands," Hasan wrote, asserting U.S. citizenship is not compatible with Sharia law.

    08/01/2013 5:19:41 PM PDT · by bkopto · 68 replies
    Breitbart/AP ^ | Aug 2, 2013 | staff
    <p>Days before he's set to go on trial, the Army psychiatrist charged in the Fort Hood shooting rampage released more of his writings about America and Islam.</p> <p> on Thursday posted documents in which Maj. Nidal Hasan renounced his U.S. citizenship and soldier's oath and denounced democracy. Hasan is charged in the November 2009 rampage that killed 13 soldiers and wounded more than 30 people at the Texas Army post. His court-martial is scheduled to start Tuesday.</p>
  • Paul Ryan: We dont want to push people into citizenship

    07/18/2013 8:05:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 85 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 7/18/13 | Rebecca Berg
    Rep. Paul Ryan said Thursday that Republicans are taking care not to push illegal immigrants to become American citizens as part of any comprehensive immigration reform package. We dont want to push people into citizenship, Ryan said in an interview with KFYR 550 in Bismarck, N.D. Ryan said immigrants are more interested in finding jobs than in becoming citizens. Most people just want to have a legal status so they can work to provide for their families, he said.
  • Rescuing Citizenship and Civic Virtue

    07/03/2013 4:20:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | July 3, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    As we celebrate our nation's 237th birthday, a crucial facet of American life has all but vanished. We have forsaken, in a systematic and deliberate public manner, one of our most fundamental duties: fostering civic virtue in each and every one of our citizens. What does it mean to be an American? Politicians in both parties keep pushing to create a new "path to citizenship" for millions of illegal aliens. But if sovereignty and self-preservation still matter in Washington, citizenship must be guarded ferociously against those who would exploit and devalue it at every electoral whim. The pavers of the...
  • Should immigration laws be changed to allow citizenship for those in the country illegally? (poll)

    06/26/2013 1:19:14 PM PDT · by ncfool · 24 replies
    St. Louis Business Journal ^ | June 26, 2013 | St. Louis Business Journal
    Freep this poll: Should immigration laws be changed to allow citizenship for those in the country illegally? Yes No
  • Amnesty Will Destroy America

    06/18/2013 10:08:43 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 31 replies
    The Market-ticker ^ | June 18, 2013 | Karl Denninger
    Marco Rubio has repeatedly claimed he "wants more" from the Amnesty Bill now moving through Congress. Yes, folks, it's an amnesty bill. Let's cut the crap and call it what it is, because only through calling something what it is can we debate it. "Legalization" of those who are here illegally today is amnesty. I don't care whether it leads to citizenship now or later, the fact of the matter is that it rewards criminal activity by allowing those who stole from Americans and their resources to keep what they stole and remain here in America. There is no restitution....
  • Morning Bell: 3 Things You Should Know About the Supreme Court and Voter ID

    06/18/2013 7:39:27 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 15 replies
    Heritage.Org ^ | June 18, 2013 | Amy Payne
    Yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down one of its first major decisions of this term, striking down Arizonas measure requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration. Media reports are already off base in interpreting this decision, says Heritage legal expert Hans von Spakovsky. Here are three things to know about the decision. 1. This is not a voter ID decision. This decision has to do with voter registration, not the act of voting. Von Spakovsky explains: In 2004, Arizona voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum that had two major components: voter ID for in-person voting and a requirement that anyone registering...
  • Left Loses Big in Citizenship-Verification Supreme Court Case

    06/17/2013 8:03:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 132 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 17, 2013 | J. Christian Adams
    Something perverse happened after the Supreme Court’s decision today invalidating citizenship-verification requirements in Arizona for registrants who use the federal voter registration form. The Left knows they lost most of the battle, but are still claiming victory. That’s what they do. Election-integrity proponents and the states are saying they lost, but don’t realize they really won. The Left wins even when they lose, and conservatives are often bewildered and outfoxed in the election-process game. Earlier today, I called the decision a nothingburger. After re-reading the case and reflecting a bit more, it’s clear that the decision was a disaster for...