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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 »

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 Will Renounce Canadian Citizenship

...which he really didn't think he had

(Newser) - Ted Cruz will renounce his Canadian citizenship ... if in fact he is a Canadian citizen. The US senator made the announcement last night, after releasing his birth certificate yesterday in an effort to quiet his own "birther" controversy. His office initially wouldn't acknowledge the fact that his being... More »

Record Numbers Renouncing US Citizenship

Probably to avoid tax crackdown

(Newser) - Many American expats are following in the footsteps of Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin and ditching their US citizenship, the Wall Street Journal reports. In likely related news, the US is cracking down on overseas tax evaders. The number of citizenship renouncers is not huge, but it is growing in record... More »

Supreme Court Kills Arizona 'Proof of Citizenship' Law

Justices say anti-immigrant measure interferes with federal law

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today struck down an Arizona law requiring people to show proof that they're US citizens in order to register to vote. In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled that the law, which was approved by voters as a ballot proposition, conflicted with a 1993 federal law... More »

Gang of 8 Ready to Lift Lid on Sweeping Immigration Plan

Senators will file bipartisan legislation today

(Newser) - The biggest overhaul of American immigration laws in decades will be filed today, though the bipartisan group of eight senators who crafted it have canceled a scheduled press conference because of the Boston Marathon bombing . The bill provides a 13-year path to US citizenship for 11 million immigrants in the... More »

Rwandan Woman Loses US Citizenship Over Genocide

Beatrice Munyenyezi lied over her family's role, says New Hampshire jury

(Newser) - A small window into the Rwandan genocide of 1994 has played out in a New Hampshire courtroom, resulting in the loss of US citizenship for a woman who came here after the massacre. A jury ruled that Beatrice Munyenyezi, 43, covered up the role she and her family played in... More »

Cantor Open to Gun Background Checks

Plus, he and Boehner talk illegal immigration

(Newser) - A day after President Obama noted that there's bipartisan support for universal background checks before gun purchases, Eric Cantor seems to have confirmed it. The House majority leader tells CNN he's open to strengthening background checks, perhaps by instituting a system similar to what Virginia put in place... More »

Big Difference in Immigration Plans: Gay Couples

Obama to reveal his proposal today, and same-sex couples will be mentioned

(Newser) - Today's big immigration news will come straight from the president's mouth. Barack Obama will set out his own immigration reform plan in Las Vegas today, and it will offer more specifics than his 2011 immigration " blueprint " did. But his intention is not to put forth an... More »

8 Senators Push Deal to Give 11M Path to Citizenship

Bipartisan offering would enact sweeping immigration overhaul

(Newser) - A group of eight key senators has crafted a sweeping immigration overhaul deal that offers a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. Under an outline of the bipartisan plan seen by Politico , the deal tackles immigration reform in a comprehensive measure that... More »

Tina Turner Dumping US Citizenship for Swiss

'I cannot imagine a better place to live'

(Newser) - It's official: Tina Turner is divorcing America. The pop legend has decided to become a citizen of Switzerland, where she's been living since 1995, giving up her US citizenship in the process. "I'm very happy in Switzerland," she explained to a German-language paper, according to... More »

Ted Cruz: Too Canadian to Be President?

Citizenship question surfaces amid 2016 speculation

(Newser) - Ted Cruz has only been a senator for a few days but speculation about a 2016 presidential run has already begun—along with questions over whether the rising Republican star from Texas is even eligible, Politico finds. Cruz was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father,... 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 »

Supreme Court to Rule on Ariz. Voter Registration Law

Law requires would-be voters to prove their citizenship

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today agreed to consider reinstating a controversial Arizona law requiring people to prove they are US citizens before registering to vote. Lower court rulings rejected the law, saying that it was superseded by federal law, which requires voters to swear on the penalty of perjury that they... More »

American Samoans Sue for US Citizenship

They say it should be automatic because they're in a US territory

(Newser) - Five people from American Samoa have filed a federal lawsuit arguing that they should be US citizens by virtue of being born in the US territory. The lawsuit filed this week in Washington challenges the constitutionality of federal laws that make those born in the Pacific archipelago US nationals but... More »

Obama: 'We Have to Remain a Nation of Immigrants'

President calls for immigration reform at citizenship ceremony

(Newser) - President Barack Obama marked the Fourth of July by welcoming two dozen US service members as newly-sworn American citizens, saying the contributions they have already made dramatize the need for Washington to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. "Just as we remain a nation of laws, we have to remain a... More »

To Kill Immigration, Just Keep Making America Suck

We're not exactly the 'land of opportunity' these days: Alex Pareene

(Newser) - President Obama's plan to offer immunity to many young illegal immigrants "presents a quandary for the conservative movement," writes Alex Pareene on Salon : While most conservatives are opposed to immigration (yes, some of them are even opposed to the legal kind), they also recognize that they need... More »

Saverin: Calm Down, Folks, I Don't Hate US

Facebook co-founder says citizenship move isn't about money

(Newser) - Eduardo Saverin, the Facebook co-founder who stands to become a billionaire a few times over tomorrow , is trying to tamp down some of the vitriol headed his way over his decision to give up his US citizenship. Yes, he's saving money on taxes by doing so, but he tells... More »

Facebook Co-Founder Gives Up US Citizenship

Eduardo Saverin aims to save on taxes

(Newser) - One of the billionaire co-founders of Facebook has renounced his US citizenship in a bid to slash his tax bill ahead of the gigantic IPO. Eduardo Saverin, 30, owns about 4% of the social network—a chunk that could be worth as much as $3.84 billion, reports Bloomberg . “... 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 »

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