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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 »

Bachmann: I've Been Swiss All Along

She says she became Swiss as soon as she married Marcus

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann today tried to downplay the revelation that she'd become a Swiss citizen , saying she has actually been a Swiss citizen for 34 years, but just hadn't bothered to tell anyone. "I automatically became a dual citizen … in 1978 when I married my husband, Marcus.... More »

Third of US Wouldn't Pass Citizenship Test

But 77% say we should be able to

(Newser) - Nearly all applicants for US citizenship pass the civics section of the naturalization test. But native citizens should be thanking their lucky stars they were born here. If they were to take the exam, more than a third would fail, a study finds—this despite the fact that 77% of... More »

France Toughens Citizenship Gauntlet

Now citizens must pass test of language, 'values'

(Newser) - Bad news, Francophiles: It just became harder to become French. Nicolas Sarkozy’s government has just thrown up some tough new hurdles for would-be French citizens, requiring them to pass a difficult language test (foreigners will need to speak French at the level of a French 15-year-old) and swear allegiance... More »

Canada Bans Veils at Citizenship Ceremonies

Oath 'must be taken freely and openly,' minister says

(Newser) - Authorities in Canada have decided that anybody taking the country's citizenship oath must show their face to do so. A rule introduced yesterday requires women wearing a burka or other face-covering veil to remove it during the ceremony, reports the Toronto Star . "The citizenship oath is a quintessentially... More »

Bobby Jindal Releases His Birth Certificate, Too

And guess what, he's a U.S. citizen

(Newser) - Keep your hands off Bobby Jindal, birthers. The Louisiana governor has released his birth certificate to prove he is a US citizen, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune . The certificate shows that Jindal—given the first name Piyush— was born in Baton Rouge on June 10, 1971, to Indian immigrants. Both... More »

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