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Court: Man Who Wouldn't Shake Woman's Hand Can't Be Citizen

Judges reject doctor applying for German naturalization after he spurned official's gesture

(Newser) - A court has decided that a Muslim doctor from Lebanon who aced his German naturalization exam shouldn't be awarded citizenship after all, after he refused to shake hands with the female official who tried to give him his naturalization certificate. Per Deutsche Welle , the 40-year-old doctor, who studied in... More »

He Waited 6 Years for Citizenship Test. Then, a Big 'Letdown'

Blind man Lucio Delgado fails because test wasn't available in Braille

(Newser) - When Lucio Delgado arrived in the US from Mexico six years ago, he set his sights on learning English and becoming an American citizen. Per the Washington Post , the then-teen had come to the US with his family to escape drug cartels and to give him better opportunities due to... More »

New Law in India May Signal a Fundamental Change

Critics say citizenship legislation undermines nation's policy of secularism

(Newser) - A new citizenship bill is causing mass protests in India, and a big concern of critics is that India is on the path to abandoning its status as a secular nation because of the pro-Hindu policies put forward by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Coverage:
  • Controversial law: The
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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 »

In One Way, Census Chaos Worked Out for Trump

No citizenship question, but immigrants may not want to fill out the form anyway now

(Newser) - President Trump surprised backers and critics alike on Thursday when he announced that he would not push for a citizenship question on the 2020 census after all. Here's a quick look at how the move is being received:
  • Stunned: Axios reports that leaders in the conservative legal community (the
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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: 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 »

Dead Man's Hard Drives Add Surprise Census Wrinkle

Critics say GOP strategist's work shows citizenship question is about helping Republicans

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is expected to rule in a matter of weeks on whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Now, however, a new wrinkle has emerged on the whole issue in an unusual way—via the hard drives of a deceased Republican strategist.... 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 »

Suu Kyi Is First to Have Canadian Honor Revoked

Myanmar leader loses honorary citizenship

(Newser) - Canada's Parliament formally stripped Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship on Tuesday for complicity in the atrocities committed against Myanmar's Rohingya people. The Senate voted unanimously to strip Suu Kyi, Myanmar's civilian leader, of the symbolic honor bestowed on her in 2007. The upper... More »

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 »

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