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Melania Trump's Parents Are Now US Citizens

Viktor and Amalija Knavs take the oath in New York City

(Newser) - The US gained two new citizens of note on Thursday: Viktor and Amalija Knavs, parents of first lady Melania Trump. The couple are natives of Slovenia, where they raised Melania, but have been in the US for more than a decade, says their immigration lawyer, per CNBC . Their path to... More »

Controversial Change Is Coming to 2020 Census

It will ask about citizenship for first time since 1950

(Newser) - Advocates say the change is simple common sense—but critics say it doesn't make a lot of sense to hold a census that won't accurately count the population. The Commerce Department has confirmed that the 2020 census will include a question about citizenship, a move that opponents warn... More »

Assange Granted Citizenship, but He's Still in a Snag

Ecuador comes to his aid yet again

(Newser) - Following a "total victory" last spring , Julian Assange has faced a setback in his attempt to extricate himself from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London that's been his home for five and a half years. The British government announced Thursday it had rejected Ecuador's request to grant Assange... More »

After Brexit, Colin Firth Gets Italian Citizenship

Actor says it's 'sensible' in current political climate to become dual citizen

(Newser) - British actor Colin Firth says he has taken Italian citizenship as a "sensible" move amid global political uncertainty. Firth, who is married to environmentalist Livia Giuggioli, says he has become a dual UK-Italian citizen, and his wife is applying for British nationality. Their two sons already have dual citizenship.... More »

'Avalanche' of Americans Applying for NZ Citizenship

Citizenship applications up 70% in 12 weeks after election

(Newser) - It's one thing to talk about heading for another country's hills when a new president is elected. It's another thing to go ahead and do it. But that's exactly what seems to be happening, at least in one distant corner of the world. In New Zealand,... More »

Peter Thiel Maybe Bought New Zealand Citizenship

At least according to one New Zealand politician

(Newser) - Trump adviser. Tech billionaire. Gawker killer. Lord of the Rings fan? The New York Times reports Peter Thiel was granted New Zealand citizenship back in 2011 despite not meeting any of the requirements for citizenship. Now at least one New Zealand politician is accusing Thiel of buying his citizenship. In... More »

Snowden One Step Closer to Russian Citizenship

NSA whistleblower just got 3-year extension on residency permit

(Newser) - Comrade Edward Snowden? Per Reuters , the NSA whistleblower just inched closer to that possibility with a three-year extension of his residency permit in Russia, meaning he may be eligible to apply for Russian citizenship next year, the RIA Novosti news agency quoted his Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, as saying Wednesday.... More »

McCain Says He's Not Sure Cruz Is Eligible to Be President

And this coming from a former presidential candidate born in Panama

(Newser) - There's a surprising new skeptic on the eligibility of the Canadian-born Ted Cruz to be president: John McCain. "It came up in my race because I was born in Panama, but I was born in the Canal Zone, which is a territory," McCain said Wednesday on 550... More »

Cruz: Questions About Citizenship Are 'Political Noise'

'As a legal matter it’s quite straightforward'

(Newser) - Donald Trump has repeatedly implied this week that there might be a question as to whether the Canadian-born Ted Cruz is legally able to be president. On Wednesday, Cruz issued his first non-tweet-based response. “As a legal matter the question is quite straightforward and settled law, that the child... More »

Children of Illegal Immigrants Hurt by Texas Ruling

Judge says Texas can keep denying birth certificates to US-born kids

(Newser) - The 14th Amendment of the Constitution grants citizenship to any person born in the US regardless of the immigration status of their parents. That didn't stop a federal judge from ruling Friday that Texas officials can continue denying birth certificates to the children of illegal immigrants, the Los Angeles ... More »

Introducing the World's First E-Resident

Estonia is now issuing electronic IDs to people who wish to do business there

(Newser) - Estonia is known as one of the world's most tech-savvy countries. Not only is it the birthplace of Skype, but its national ID system allows its citizens to file taxes and even elect politicians online. Now, the tiny Baltic republic of 1.3 million is issuing smart cards to... More »

Man May Get US Citizenship —200 Years After Death

Bill could grant Bernardo de Galvez only the eighth such honor

(Newser) - A hero of the American Revolution who gave Galveston, Texas, its name may finally become an American. Some 200 years after he died, a bill that would give Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid honorary citizenship will be considered by the House Judiciary Committee this week, the New York Post... More »

Ted Cruz No Longer Canadian

Canada confirms citizenship renounced

(Newser) - Ted Cruz is no longer the Tea Party's best-known Canadian: The US senator from Texas has formally renounced his dual citizenship and received confirmation from the Canadians yesterday, a spokeswoman tells the Dallas Morning News . "He's pleased to receive the notification and glad to have this process... More »

House GOP Leaders Back Legal Status for Immigrants

But not citizenship or a 'special path'; younger illegals could get citizenship

(Newser) - House Republican leaders issued a set of principles today on immigration reform, and the consensus seems to be that they offer enough wiggle room to get a deal done this year. Some highlights:
  • Legal status: Many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants now in the country would be able to
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Ted Cruz Giving Up Canadian Citizenship

Move nothing to do with presidential bid, he says

(Newser) - Ted Cruz is still a Canadian but he promises he's taking steps to change that, the Dallas Morning News finds. The Texas senator and rumored 2016 hopeful says he has hired lawyers to help him renounce the Canadian citizenship he gained when he was born in Alberta to a... More »

Some House Democrats Could Bail on Immigration

Especially those from moderate or conservative districts

(Newser) - Don't expect House Democrats to rally unanimously behind immigration reform the way their Senate counterparts did. A whole lot of them sound like anything but a firm "yes" vote, the Wall Street Journal observes. Many hail from swing districts, and are waiting to stake out a hard stance... More »

Most Support Citizenship Path for Illegal Immigrants

48% not happy with how Obama is handling immigration: poll

(Newser) - Once the fiscal cliff has been put to bed, immigration reform will reportedly be President Obama's No. 1 priority , and a series of surveys indicate most voters will be behind him. Some 62% of American voters support giving illegal or undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship, a new poll... More »

Kansas Birther Drops Challenge to Obama

Move had threatened his place on the ballot

(Newser) - It appears Kansas will allow the sitting president to appear on November's ballot after all. A man who filed a challenge questioning his citizenship has decided to drop it because of the backlash, reports the Topeka Capital-Journal . "There has been a great deal of animosity and intimidation directed... More »

Blitzer to Trump: You Look 'Ridiculous' on This Birther Stuff

Trump's response: No, you do

(Newser) - Mitt Romney must be thrilled: On the night he is to clinch the GOP nomination, Donald Trump is stealing some of the thunder with his birther conspiracies, notes the Los Angeles Times . Just hours before Trump was to host a fundraiser in Vegas with the candidate himself, Trump went on... More »

Bachmann Ditching Swiss Citizenship

'I am a proud American citizen'

(Newser) - If you were concerned that Michele Bachmann's Swiss citizenship meant she'd given up on America, worry no longer: She's getting rid of it. "Today I sent a letter to the Swiss Consulate requesting withdrawal of my dual Swiss citizenship, which was conferred upon me by operation... More »

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