U.S. says new military kids rule doesn't change birthright citizenship

U.S. says new military kids rule doesn't change birthright citizenship

MacIntosh said the changes mean children born to government employees and military personnel overseas will no longer be automatically deemed citizens of the United States.

The parents of these children would have to apply for US citizenship ahead of the child's 18th birthday. In the updated policy, the children are not considered to be "residing" in the United States for the objective of acquiring citizenship.

Rodriguez said it appears Trump officials "went of their way" to engage in a legal analysis so they could further restrict citizenship status. Immigration experts believe it's likely a few hundred people per year - a small fraction of the hundreds of thousands of US service members and government employees stationed overseas.

The policy won't affect citizens serving in the military or working for the government overseas or change birthright citizenship for children born within the U.S. according to Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

That's just not true, the USCIS official said.

The agency said the policy was changed to conform more closely with the Immigration and Nationality Act. "The idea this policy negatively impacts or takes anything away from them is incorrect". But it turns out Dilanian (and others) got it wrong.

"It's easy to distort what is actually happening here, which I think is what has happened here for the past day or so", the official said.

"This only affects children who were born outside the United States and were not USA citizens", he said in the statement.

A memo from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Wednesday announced changes that mean some of those children will no longer automatically be considered U.S. citizens and will face more red tape to secure citizenship. Likewise, an NBC Information journalist needed to subject a correction after claiming kids of service members on deployment can be stripped of citizenship.

I don't understand what goal this serves. From time to time, readers ask us how they can support us, and we usually say, keep reading.

They said the State Department has long held the other interpretation of which section of law must be used - and it was refusing to issue passports in those cases.

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

One of the USCIS officials who briefed reporters said he would have preferred to keep their version, but that wouldn't withstand scrutiny. "Probably even then, we are so generous of how we interpret the transmission of citizenship, I'm sure when he turned 21 or something and realized his parents hadn't done this, I'm sure there would be a way". Children born overseas can acquire citizenship through their US citizen parents either at birth or before they turn 18.

The agency said the policy change could also affect the children of naturalized USA citizens who acquired citizenship after their child's birth.

Officials could not say how numerous 20-25 cases a year that may fall under the new guidelines applied to each case. He added that the scope of the change seemed fairly limited. "That's it", Cuccinelli said Thursday.

The initial release of the policy caused widespread confusion among immigration advocacy groups, lawyers and the media.

"Congress set these rules, we didn't set the rules. What problem are we trying to solve, except create concern and fear in this population of people?" asked Ur Jaddou, who served as chief counsel at USCIS during the Obama administration and now heads DHS Watch, an immigrant advocacy organization.

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