Subject: Citizenship is by blood
birthright. NOT by place of birth
Wanted to clear a couple things up about the
immigration issues that a lot of people seem to be getting confused ( including
Citizenship is by blood birthright. NOT
by place of birth. In the US it's not enforced. By logic, and the
which grants citizenship specifically says subject
to jurisdiction of, and illegals and diplomats and visitors are exempt
in that catagory.
None of them pay taxes ( since they supposedly
pay into "foreign jurisdictions") so that's also a plus for them.
It's just a sort of "way we've always done it"
sort of thing. Everyone tends to interpret this 14th pretty broadly,
but, if you look at common law, blood birthright
is the only way it works. The way it should be looked at is that
the place of birth is responsible for recording
ALL the data that's necessary so that the baby can be properly naturalized.
Citizenship in the rest of the world follows
this principle of blood ties. For example, one of my sons was born
but has a department of state certificate granting
him natural born citizenship at birth. He's also got 2 passports. I only
our process was as thorough -- they even made
sure "I" was American and queried me on my parents' citizenship.
I m married to a now permanent resident.
When I was overseas, there was another
couple from Austrailia who had their baby outside their country.
No "birth" citizenship for the baby and they
did the same thing I did. But do you ever wonder why they also put a lot
of details about the parents on a birth certificate
or record? just so these issues are cleared up if they come up.
( It's also that they're allowed their free/discounted
health care if they're citizens! )
Now with respect to the "papers' issue for immigrants:
The green card ( and its sleeve) state "This Permanent Resident Card,
is issued to all Permanent Residents as evidence
of alien registration and your Permanent status in the US. The card must
in your possession at all times."
so it says. ( the missus is traveling so I don't have it handy to
show you ).
Why? in case the police are curious if
you are in the US legally. No one else requires this sort of document
when almost everyone has a driver's license.
Only citizens and Permenent residents pay US taxes and SS and
they're allowed to vote. Those on work visa's
don't and can't.
While it can be a hassle with all of this, think
of it as if you're traveling outside the US. You'd make sure you have your
passport on you, right? If you're
working overseas, you don't want anyone interfering with your business,
right? So you
have all your permits and documents readily available,
right? Well let me tell you. When you're one of the few "Americans"
around you're going to be questioned ...... ALOT...
by ALOT of (nosy) people. So if you want things done so smoothly,
you do things that don't compromise your integrity
but still is a bit of a hassle.
These things keep people here from
interferring. Of course, like they say, locks
only keep honest people out so if
some cop is going to harrass you, it's not because
there's a chance you might not be documented, but becuase he's going to
do it becuase he wants to. Papers
or no, it has nothing to do with profiling and everything to do with bigotry
which is whole
'nother kettle of fish. If some one is
here illegally, how can they casually be identified as such? you
can't effectively run
everyone thru a checkpoint. So it becomes
selective, like trying to catch unlicensed drivers. (eg.
every 10th car )
Hope I cleared things up.
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