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Judge: Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Is Not a Citizen

Hoda Muthana burned passport in 2014

(Newser) - A woman who moved from Alabama to Syria, pledged allegiance to ISIS, and burned her American passport will not be getting a new one. A federal judge ruled Thursday that 25-year-old Hoda Muthana, who is currently in a refugee camp in Syria with her 2-year-old son, is not an American... More »

Neil Young Answered Honestly. Now, a Delayed Citizenship

Canadian singer admitted to using marijuana

(Newser) - Neil Young answered a question on his US citizenship application honestly, and it's costing him. The singer admitted that, yes, he has used marijuana, and as a result the application process has been delayed, the Guardian reports. Young, who's Canadian but is well known as, per the newspaper,... More »

Tennis Phenom's Big Move: Give Up US Citizenship

Naomi Osaka had to make a decision by age 22, per Japan's rules

(Newser) - Naomi Osaka, born in Japan to a Japanese mom and Haitian-American dad , currently holds both US and Japanese citizenship. But once she turns 22 next week, Japan's nationality laws dictate she'll have to choose between the two—and the tennis star says she's going with the latter,... More »

Feds Tweak Automatic Citizenship Rule for Some Kids

Feds accused of creating 'second-class citizenship'

(Newser) - The children of some Americans serving overseas in the military will not be exempt from the administration's hardline immigration policies. A new United States Citizenship and Immigration Services policy unveiled Wednesday states that in some circumstances, children born to service members or federal employees serving outside the US will... More »

Trump Hints at Big Move on Census Question

Reports predict president will announce executive action Thursday afternoon

(Newser) - If a slew of reports are correct, President Trump is about to make an aggressive move to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. But for now, the only thing known for certain is that Trump plans to talk about the issue at an afternoon news conference—and there'... More »

Trump Floats New Idea on Census Question

Suggests citizenship query could be a printed as an addendum

(Newser) - The idea of adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census is currently in limbo, but President Trump says administration lawyers have "four or five" possible ways to still make it happen, reports USA Today . One of them is to print an addendum to the census, which would be... More »

Trump May Make Aggressive Move on Census Question

Axios reports that an executive order to add citizenship question is being considered

(Newser) - Whether the 2020 census will include a question about citizenship remains very much in limbo, but President Trump reiterated Thursday that he still wants to make it happen, reports the Hill . "So important for our Country that the very simple and basic 'Are you a Citizen of the... More »

Trump: There Will Be a Citizenship Question

President calls news that question was dropped from census 'fake'

(Newser) - A day after his own commerce secretary and a Justice Department lawyer announced that the 2020 census questionnaire was being printed without the citizenship question President Trump wants, Trump denied the news. "The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on... More »

Trump Responds to 'Ridiculous' Census Ruling

POTUS suggests delaying census

(Newser) - President Trump has weighed in on the Supreme Court's decision on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, and, not surprisingly, he is not pleased. The high court blocked the addition of the question, for now, because it didn't find the White House's argument justified adding... More »

John Roberts Joins Liberals in Big Census Ruling

Justices say Trump administration's explanation isn't good enough

(Newser) - If the Trump administration wants to add a controversial US citizenship question to the 2020 census, it will have to hustle. The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the current bid to add the question, saying the administration's explanation for why it's necessary just isn't good enough, reports... More »

Before the Game, Citizenship

Carlos Santana of Cleveland Indians take the oath

(Newser) - Not even a cold, rainy day could hinder Carlos Santana's joyful smile. The Indians first baseman was sworn in as a US citizen on Friday, taking the oath with 83 others while his two young daughters fought for his attention, per the AP . Afterward, Santana beamed with pride. "... More »

As Officials Prep 2 Versions of Census, Trump Tweets Angrily

It will be 'meaningless' without citizenship question, POTUS says

(Newser) - One year out from the start of the 2020 census, Census Bureau officials set out Monday to demonstrate the importance of the head count for all Americans. President Trump offered a different message, saying the count will be "meaningless" if it doesn't include a citizenship question, the AP... More »

One Twin Was a US Citizen, One Wasn't—Until Now

Ethan and Aiden Dvash-Banks were conceived with donor eggs, sperm from different gay dads

(Newser) - A federal judge in California ruled Thursday that a twin son of a gay married couple has been an American citizen since birth, handing a defeat to the US government, which had only granted the status to his brother. The State Department was wrong to deny citizenship to 2-year-old Ethan... More »

Judge Blocks White House From Adding Census Question

But issue of citizenship is likely headed to Supreme Court

(Newser) - A federal judge in New York has barred the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. US District Judge Jesse Furman said Tuesday that while such a question would be constitutional, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had added it arbitrarily and not followed proper procedure, per... More »

2011: Lost His Feet to Frostbite. 2018: Finishes a Marathon

Marko Cheseto also just became a US citizen

(Newser) - A former University of Alaska Anchorage runner who lost both of his feet to frostbite in 2011 ran his first marathon and became an American citizen last week, the AP reports. Marko Cheseto, 35, finished 613th overall out of nearly 53,000 runners at the New York City Marathon on... More »

US Revoking Passports of Hispanics Near Border

'Washington Post' reports on new crackdown based on old controversy

(Newser) - A new immigration controversy involves not the denial of US citizenship from applicants but the stripping of US citizenship from Hispanics along the Texas-Mexico border. The Washington Post unpacks the story, which asserts that hundreds and perhaps thousands of Hispanics in the region are suddenly having their American citizenship challenged.... More »

One Twin Is a US Citizen. The Other Faces Deportation

2 cases allege LBGT discrimination by State Department

(Newser) - Sixteen-month-old Aiden Dvash-Banks is a US citizen living with his family in Los Angeles. His twin brother, Ethan, is undocumented and thus at risk of being deported. It's an unusual situation that highlights discrimination against LGBT families by the US government, according to the boys' married male parents, who... More »

Judge Booted for Not Being US Citizen Is Now a Citizen

But can Texas' Young Min Burkett get her old job back?

(Newser) - A judge in Texas who was put on unpaid leave in May after officials discovered she wasn't a US citizen has become a citizen. Corpus Christi Municipal Court Judge Young Min Burkett was sworn in as a citizen on Friday, which makes her eligible to vote and serve as... More »

Trump Inspires Patrick Stewart to Apply for US Citizenship

The actor says he wants to 'fight' Trump as a citizen

(Newser) - Last month, Patrick Stewart joked on Twitter that he had the worst sleep of his life in Washington DC, possibly due to his proximity to President Trump. Now the actor is apparently doing something about it, the Hill reports "As the result of this election: I am now applying... More »

How Mexico Hopes to Stop Trump From Winning

Consulates are hosting free workshops across the US

(Newser) - As Donald Trump talks about building a "big beautiful wall" on the southern US border, Mexico is apparently hatching plans to prevent a Trump presidency. While Mexico officially refuses to interfere in the election, Mexican diplomats in the US are helping Mexican permanent residents fast-track to US citizenship by... More »

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