Tag: Citizenship and Naturalization

California Counties Sue to Block Trump’s New Green Card Test

San Francisco and Santa Clara County in California filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block the Trump administration from implementing a new rule that would deny permanent residency to legal immigrants if they are judged likely to use government benefit programs. President Trump issued the regulation, called the public charge rule, on Monday. Starting in October, […]

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Thailand’s Former Leader, in Exile and Wanted at Home, Gets Serbian Citizenship

BANGKOK — Beloved by Thailand’s rural poor, ousted from office and in exile since fleeing a trial two years ago, a former prime minister of Thailand has reappeared abroad, at least in name, on a Serbian government website. The site announced that the former Thai leader, Yingluck Shinawatra, had been granted Serbian citizenship, in a […]

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Colombia Offers Citizenship to 24,000 Children of Venezuelan Refugees

Colombia will give citizenship to more than 24,000 undocumented children of Venezuelan refugees born in the country, a rare humanitarian measure amid tightening migration policies elsewhere in the hemisphere. “Today Colombia gives this message to the world: to those who want to use xenophobia for political goals, we take the path of fraternity,” President Iván […]

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I’m Muslim and Live in Baltimore. Fear Made Me Become a U.S. Citizen.

BALTIMORE — I walked into the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services branch here on a hot afternoon two weeks ago. After passing through security, I entered a waiting room that looked like your average D.M.V. The majority of the people looked like me in that they were people of color, and they had come […]

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U.S. Couple Sues State Dept. Over Policy Denying Their Baby Citizenship

This summer, James Derek Mize and his husband, Jonathan Gregg, celebrated their daughter’s first birthday at home in Atlanta with a party that coincided with WorldPride. Dressed in a rainbow outfit, the birthday girl, Simone, did what toddlers are bound to do: Took a fleeting glance at her presents and instead found delight in her […]

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16,000 Readers Shared Their Experiences of Being Told to ‘Go Back.’ Here Are Some of Their Stories.

July 19, 2019 “Go back to where you came from.” These seven words are seared into the minds of countless Americans — a reminder that they haven’t always been welcome in the country where they were born or naturalized because of their appearance, language or religion. For many, the pain of past encounters throbbed again […]

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A ‘Train Wreck’ Was Averted at the Supreme Court, but for How Long?

The poison emanating from the White House in recent days has been so overwhelming that it’s hard to remember that something else held the country in thrall just a week ago: the prospect that President Trump would defy the Supreme Court and insist on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. There’s a strong […]

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House Holds Barr and Ross in Contempt Over Census Dispute

WASHINGTON — The House voted Wednesday evening to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress for their refusal to turn over key documents related to the Trump administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The citations for two cabinet officials, approved 230-198, […]

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5% of Congress Was Born Abroad. Those Members Show What It Means to Be American.

WASHINGTON — When President Trump suggested foreign-born Americans should “go back” to the countries they were born in, he may not have realized that his entreaty could clear out five percent of Congress. In all, 29 members of the House and Senate were born abroad, about half of them to parents serving in the military […]

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Trump’s America Is a ‘White Man’s Country’

If Donald Trump has a theory of anything, it is a theory of American citizenship. It’s simple. If you are white, then regardless of origin, you have a legitimate claim to American citizenship and everything that comes with it. If you are not, then you don’t. Trump never quite put this theory in writing. But […]

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ICE Is Dangerously Inaccurate

Tracy Nuetzi, a Trump voter and resident of Florida, was an American citizen for 60 years, until the country decided she wasn’t. “I thought, ‘This is a mistake, this must be a mistake,’” she said. Ms. Nuetzi spent nearly a year, from December 2017 to November 2018, trying to prove she was an American, and […]

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The Long History of the U.S. Government Asking Americans Whether They Are Citizens

When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross ordered the Census Bureau to attach a question on citizenship to the 2020 census, the first argument he used to back up his decision was also the simplest: We’ve always asked. The question has been “a longstanding historical practice,” he wrote, “asked in some form or another for nearly 200 […]

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Trump Turns to Executive Action to Press Citizenship Question

WASHINGTON — President Trump is planning to take another step in his ongoing battle to place a question about citizenship on the 2020 census by announcing an executive action in the Rose Garden on Thursday, according to a senior administration official familiar with the decision. Mr. Trump said on Twitter that he would hold an […]

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Trump Turns to Executive Action to Press Citizenship Question on Census

WASHINGTON — President Trump is planning to take another step in his ongoing battle to place a question about citizenship on the 2020 census by announcing an executive action in the Rose Garden on Thursday, according to a senior administration official familiar with the decision. Mr. Trump said on Twitter that he would hold an […]

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The President and the Census

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Federal courts keep rejecting President Trump’s attempts to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census. But no matter what the courts decide, the president may have already achieved his goal. [For an exclusive look at how […]

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You Don’t Have to Go to the Border to See Cruelty to Immigrants

I love New York, despite the new ways it finds to wreck my head every day. Right now, dating and the subway are causing me trouble; both involve long and inexplicable delays, strange, unexpected smells, and a sense of rage that I’m not sure who to blame for. “Cuomo, you’ll pay for this,” I mutter […]

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Barr Says Legal Path to Census Citizenship Question Exists, but He Gives No Details

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — President Trump and Attorney General William P. Barr began working to find a way to place a citizenship question on the 2020 census just after the Supreme Court blocked its inclusion last month, Mr. Barr said on Monday, adding that he believes that the administration can find a legal path to incorporating […]

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Justice Dept. to Replace Lawyers in Census Citizenship Question Case

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said without explanation on Sunday that it was replacing the legal team defending the Trump administration’s effort to place a citizenship question on the 2020 census, issuing a statement in which it said it was “shifting these matters to a new team of Civil Division lawyers going forward.” The announcement […]

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Trump Considering an Executive Order to Allow Citizenship Question on Census

President Trump on Friday said he is “thinking of” issuing an executive order to allow for a citizenship question on the 2020 census, as his administration faced a midafternoon court deadline to say how it planned to move forward. Mr. Trump made the remarks to reporters on the south lawn of the White House, as […]

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