Tag: Citizenship and Naturalization

American-Born Woman Who Joined ISIS Is Not a Citizen, Judge Rules

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled on Thursday that Hoda Muthana, an American-born woman who joined the Islamic State in 2014 and says she now wants to return home to her family in Alabama, is not an American citizen. In a surprise ruling from the bench, the judge, Reggie B. Walton of the Federal District […]

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Will Neil Young’s Marijuana Use Keep Him From Becoming a U.S. Citizen?

Neil Young had a certain birthday present in mind this year: United States citizenship. Everything seemed to be in place for him to take his oath on Tuesday, his 74th birthday, the Canadian singer told The Los Angeles Times last month. Amid what he called a “climate emergency,” he was looking forward to voting in […]

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New Trump Administration Proposal Would Charge Asylum Seekers an Application Fee

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday proposed hiking a range of fees assessed on those pursuing legal immigration and citizenship, as well as for the first time charging those fleeing persecution for seeking protection in the United States. The rule, which will be published on Thursday and will have a monthlong comment period, would […]

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Germany Has Been Unified for 30 Years. Its Identity Still Is Not.

East Germans, bio-Germans, passport Germans: In an increasingly diverse country, the legacy of a divided history has left many feeling like strangers in their own land. /* 6 slides ~ 16% each */ /* 100/6 ~ 16 = 16,32,48,64,80,96 */ @keyframes im0 { 0% { opacity: 1; } 15% { opacity: 1; } 17% { […]

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The Supreme Court Confronts DACA

In the four months since the Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s cynical effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the decision — which the president came dangerously close to defying — has faded from view under the weight of all that has happened since. The census will proceed next spring in […]

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A Memory Card Led to His Arrest in One Killing. Now, He’s Charged in Another.

An Anchorage man who was charged with first-degree murder last week after a digital memory card containing images of a brutal attack on a woman in a hotel was found on the street has also confessed to an earlier killing, officials said on Thursday. Brian Steven Smith, 48, who was arrested on Oct. 8 in […]

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Justin Trudeau’s Conservative Rival Discloses He Has Dual U.S. Citizenship

OTTAWA — The leader of Canada’s Conservative Party, Justin Trudeau’s chief rival to become prime minister, acknowledged on Thursday that he also holds American citizenship. Andrew Scheer, 40, did not disclose his dual citizenship until The Globe and Mail, a Toronto newspaper, revealed it. Dual citizens are not barred from political office in Canada, nor […]

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Why Is India Making Its Own People Stateless?

DHAKA, Bangladesh — More than 1.9 million people living in Assam, a state of about 33 million in northeastern India, effectively became stateless recently. Many have never lived anywhere but in India, and yet late last month, the government, claiming to crack down on illegal immigration, announced that it was removing them from the National […]

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‘I’m Going to Be Honest, This Baby Is Going to Die’

AL-HOL, Syria — No one thought baby Ibrahim was going to make it. The 18-month-old boy, Belgian by birth, was malnourished, dehydrated, and vomiting every half an hour from a stomach bug. In Al-Hol, the refugee camp in northeast Syria where he was staying, the heat regularly reached a relentless 100 degrees by midmorning, there […]

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Ken Cuccinelli Emerges as Public Face, and Irritant, of Homeland Security

WASHINGTON — As Donald J. Trump moved to wrap up his unlikely Republican nomination for the presidency, a senior adviser to Senator Ted Cruz laced into the front-runner in March 2016, in a last-ditch effort to swing the contest to Mr. Cruz, the more traditionally conservative candidate. The target? Mr. Trump’s soft stand on immigrant […]

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A List of Citizens in India Leaves Nearly 2 Million People Off — and in Limbo

DARRANG DISTRICT, Assam, India — On Saturday morning, Farid Ali, a farmer dressed in his best sky-blue kurta and a white prayer cap, walked quietly into his village headquarters and received devastating news. His name wasn’t on the list. He looked, he waited, his legs began to shake, his dry lips began to move and […]

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Citizenship Change Will Affect a Handful, but the Backlash Is Fierce

WASHINGTON — A new homeland security policy that will restrict the conferral of automatic citizenship for some children born abroad to active service members will affect only a handful of families each year, but the botched rollout of the policy this week incited a fierce backlash against President Trump, who has hailed himself as an […]

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Federal Workers’ Children Born Abroad May Not Receive Automatic Citizenship

Children born abroad to certain United States service members and other federal employees will no longer be granted automatic citizenship under a Trump administration policy set to take effect in October. Parents of those children, including those born on military bases, will have to apply for citizenship on the children’s behalf before they turn 18, […]

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Trump Wants to Abolish Birthright Citizenship. Can He Do That?

The day after his administration unveiled a regulation that would allow it to indefinitely detain migrant families with children, President Trump also revived talk of a much more radical step: abolishing automatic American citizenship for anyone born in the United States. Mr. Trump said on Wednesday that the rule, enshrined in the Constitution for more […]

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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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