Trump administration tightens citizenship rules for children of U.S. military overseas

Trump administration ending automatic citizenship for US troops' children born abroad

Some children of military members born overseas won’t automatically be U.S. citizens | Macon Telegraph

Children born to military parents overseas won't automatically be given U.S. citizenship, according to a new policy alert released by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Fox Business' Edward Lawrence reports on new immigration rules which include children born to US citizens outside of the United States are not automatically American citizens.

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

But the change would not apply to children who acquired citizenship at birth or while living in the United States.

Instead, officials said, those parents must apply for citizenship on behalf of their children before they turn 18 years old.

Lester questioned how denying citizenship to soldiers and diplomats is aiding the country in any way whatsoever.

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Department of Homeland Security officials chided reporters Thursday for bungling a story on changes to the definition of residence in citizenship guidelines, leaving many Americans wrongly convinced the Trump administration was tweaking birthright citizenship.

The technical language of the policy guidance made it "very challenging" to read, said Constance MacIntosh, an Associate Professor in Law at Dalhousie University and an expert in immigration policy.

The rule change announced Wednesday comes days after President Donald Trump said his administration was "looking at birthright citizenship very seriously", calling the policy "ridiculous".

But the change could conceivably give Trump room to argue that his administration curtailed birthright benefits that a citizen with little or no actual USA residency can automatically confer to their foreign-born offspring.

The USCIS rule comes because the Trump administration is weighing an government order to finish birthright citizenship the place the USA -born kids of unlawful aliens - known as "anchor babies" - have been allowed to routinely acquire American citizenship just by being born inside the borders of the nation.

An official at Fort Carson did not have an immediate response to a change to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy concerning military families.

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"For example, let's say ... the beneficiary of birthright citizenship or the expat or whatever owns a home here but works in a foreign country", Vaughan stated.

So who will be affected?

Previously, their children would be considered to be both living in and outside of the U.S. for purposes of eventually gaining citizenship. "Our records that we ran reflected possibly 20 to 25 people over the past five years per year".

Immigrants take the oath of citizenship to the United States at a naturalization service on January 22, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. She was previously the Pentagon bureau chief for Military Times and a senior defense analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

USCIS said the State Department's rules were more in line with federal law, so USCIS changed its guidance to match State. "The stress and strain that this is causing military families is a cruelty that one would never expect from a Commander in Chief".

Christian Penichet-Paul, policy and advocacy manager for the National Immigration Forum, said his office still was reviewing the change late Wednesday.

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"We could have communicated this a lot better, but it is nearly nothing", USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli told PBS NewsHour managing editor and anchor Judy Woodruff later on Thursday.

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