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This is a peculiarity as a result of the federal nature of the USA and the exceptional position of Puerto Rico as a territory but not a state. Within the States and Territories of the USA, your voting rights depend on residence. If you leave the States and Territories your voting rights depend on former residence or inheritance. In general most citizens of ...


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The United States is the richest country in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) by financial assets per capita and first in the world by wealth per adult among the countries evaluated. The US has the most billionaires of any country, more than the entire continent of Europe, much less Africa or South America. The reason to ...


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Because recognizing another entity as a country entails admitting it's legally entitled to hold some territory. So the next question would have been: what territory is ISIS legally entitled to hold/control? No country wanted to admit ISIS was legally entitled to any territory. For example this was the US position, no doubt reflected by many/most other ...


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Birth tourism is a side effect of a policy adopted for other reasons. But a simple rule that everyone is born in a country is a citizen of the country is easy to explain, enforce and defend politically. The main reason to have birthright citizenship is to prevent an underclass of people who are not citizens despite living their entire lives in a country. In ...


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I think the best is for you to dive into the following two podcasts (both have a transcript) of Chris Hayes interviewing Dale Ho, one of the attorneys who filed the lawsuit (and won) against the Trump administration: Uncovering the Trump scheme to rig the census with Dale Ho Discussing the census decision with Dale Ho For what reason do Trump and the ...


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The ability to return to your country is considered a human right, Article 13(2) of the declaration of human rights and also Article 12 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. But cases of quarantine are one of the emergencies where freedom of movement may be restricted. So nations must eventually let their citizens enter, but they can ...


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The US doesn't have a presidential election. Get that idea out of your head. Instead, all 51 states* have their own presidential elections on the same day. This selects a set number of electors for each state. Those electors get together weeks later, and they decide who is President. To be eligible to vote, you have to be a US citizen resident in one of ...


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How is it that Ted Cruz can run for the U.S. presidency seeing as he was born in Calgary? The US Constitution just requires that the President be a "natural-born citizen". It doesn't say anything about the place of birth. Although the term "natural-born citizen" was never officially defined, the current legal consensus is summarized by a Congressional ...


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Could a US citizen born through "birth tourism" become President? Yes in principle, with some provisions: Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution imposes only three eligibility requirements on persons serving as president, based on the officeholder’s age, time of residency in the U.S., and citizenship status: "No person except a ...


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I think you have answered your own question (emphasis mine): Sophia made global headlines when she was granted Saudi citizenship, making the kingdom the first country in the world to offer its citizenship to a robot. Headlines? Check. Sounds cool? Check. No risk of actual damage? Check. Does not offend anybody? Check. Free publicity for an event inside ...


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Clever arguments don't really matter that much, it doesn't make the problem disappear, from either a political or human rights perspective. Some countries have revoked citizenship in similar conditions, if you are prepared to do it and do not fear the local court system, you don't need to be cute about it. Conversely, if you care even a little bit about the ...


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There are several main differences between passports from, say, Ukraine, and Dominica: Dominica's Economic Citizenship Plan didn't just sell regular passports - it sold diplomatic passports. Diplomatic passports are generally treated with more deference (and may, thought they don't always do, go as far as provide the holder with diplomatic immunity. The ...


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No. The benefit is issued as a tax credit by amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. It applies to all US taxpayers subject to the definition of "Eligible Individual" in the CARES Act, which is as follows: “(d) Eligible Individual.—For purposes of this section, the term ‘eligible individual’ means any individual other than— “(1) any ...


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Generally speaking, countries have citizens, legal residents, and tourists. Citizens have a right to stay, to work, etc. Citizenship is usually inheritable. Usually this right cannot be revoked unless there is dual citizenship, and often not even then. Legal residents have the permission to stay and usually to work. This permission can be revoked and often ...


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As far as I can tell, they don't; they issue various types of permit to allow travel, but they are careful not to officially call those permits "visas". In this way they maintain the political position of "one China", while practically controlling unwanted movement of people. While needing a permit to travel within a country is virtually unheard of in the ...


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The current president of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, is a dual Somali-US citizen.


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To serve as president, one must: Be a natural-born citizen of the U.S. Be at least 35 years old Have been a resident of the U.S. for at least 14 years Provided they've lived in the US long enough and are old enough, there's nothing that would prevent a "birth tourist" baby from being elected president. But that raises another, fourth qualification to serve ...


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Your question is predicated on an entirely false assumption, namely: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights held that she cannot made stateless The UDHR is merely a declaration, and as such is not legally binding. The 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness are treaties, which are ...


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A quick search through scholarly literature (limited to articles not behind a paywall) turned up a few reasons: Some states are insular, meaning they do not encourage either the gain or loss of citizenship. Basically, the state controls citizenship decisions without input from the citizen. Some states enjoin the ethnic and legal aspects of citizenship. ...


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The citizenship of the Latvians living abroad would be the same as Latvians at home. Their Latvian citizenship would continue to be recognised by EU, NATO and allied countries, but not by Russia and her allies. An annexation would not be recognised by members of the EU. Latvia is a member of NATO and if it were invaded by Russia, it could call upon its NATO ...


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Introduction Thomas Hofeller, a Republican strategist developed a "computerized mapping system" for state redistricting. To use that system in every state required knowing citizenship. The citizenship question was proposed for the 2020 census to collect that information. While this might cause an undercount affecting apportionment, that was never ...


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Andrej Babiš, the winner of the 2017 election in Czechia holds dual Czech and Slovak citizenship. He became the Prime Minister and Head of Government, after coalition negotiations in December 2017.


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The rationale is to not dilute loyalty. As an example, let's say person A has citizenship in both countries X and Y. Something happens, and X and Y go to war against each other, and they both conscript all eligible persons to fight in the war. Person A is eligible in both countries; which country will they betray?


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Palmyra Atoll is an incorporated territory of the U.S. (it's currently the only incorporated territory), and therefore (unlike other U.S. territories) all of the Constitution applies to it, and people born there are automatically U.S. citizens under the 14th amendment. Given that Palmyra Atoll has no permanent population and access is limited, this issue is ...


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No Absolutely nothing would have happened to his candidacy on any official basis. He didn't do it because it was legally required. He did it because it looked bad for him to have a dual citizenship. I.e. he did it purely for political reasons. Note that there has never been a foreign born President of the United States (arguably excepting those ...


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Salome Zurabishvili, recently elected President of Georgia, is a dual French-Georgian citizen. She had a long professionnal career working as a diplomat for France, including acting as the Ambassador of France to Georgia in 2003-2004.


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Yes, you can vote in both German and American elections. Both Germany and USA have no restrictions that prohibit dual nationals from voting in another country. Evidence for the United States: As it now stands, the United States is among the most, if not the most, permissive country allowing dual citizenship in the world. It has no regulation whatsoever of ...


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Maybe. It depends on the wording of the annexation treaty. Such a treaty would need to be written with explicit wording regarding the establishment of citizenship and eligibility of for holding the office of President of the United States of residents of the annexed territory. If the treaty writers decide to stick with tradition, who knows. For territories ...


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There is a lot of misleading information that is being reported out there about the upcoming change. The main misconception is that this change has to do with the automatic US citizenship at birth for most children born to US citizens abroad. It doesn't. The upcoming change deals with a different section of law that deals with citizenship for minors who have ...


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A baby was in fact born at Palmyra Island shortly after World War II, when his father was doing ionosperic work there for the Central Radio Propagation Laboratory of the National Bureau of Standards. At that time Palmyra Island was legally an ordinary part of the U.S. Territory of Hawaii. That baby, Leo Watts Honea, Jr. is now an engineer living in a ...


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