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    Joe Biden is sending Congress a bill Wednesday after being sworn in as president that proposes significant changes to immigration policy, including a pathway to citizenship for millions of people residing illegally in the United States. The bill, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, would create a new system "to responsibly manage and secure our border, keep our families and communities safe, and better manage migration across the Hemisphere," Biden's transition team said in an announcement Wednesday morning as Biden prepared for the inauguration. The bill focuses on three aspects of immigration and migration: providing a pathway to citizenship for approximately 11 million illegal immigrants and enhancing labor protections for workers, addressing the causes that have prompted millions of Central Americans to flee to the U.S. in the past decade, and putting into place "smart" border controls. Illegal immigrants may apply for temporary legal status, which would grant them the...
    New York : Millions of undocumented immigrants who have been in the United States for at least 10 years, in addition to ‘dreamers’ and people with TPS They could see their “American Dream” fulfilled with the president-elect’s immigration reform Joe biden, titled “America’s Citizenship Act of 2021” (“US Citizenship Act of 2021”). This Wednesday, the first day of the Democrat’s government, the initiative will be sent to Congress and the Democrats are ready to push it, amid the coronavirus pandemic and as a way to recognize the work of the undocumented as essential workers. “The bill provides working people who enrich our communities every day and who have lived here for years, in some cases decades, an opportunity to obtain citizenship,” says the plan that seeks to modernize the immigration system. “Create an earned path to citizenship for our immigrant neighbors, colleagues, parishioners, community leaders, friends, and loved ones,...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden will unveil a comprehensive immigration plan on his first day in office, a source familiar with the proposal tells CNN, describing an agenda that provides a multi-year pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants currently in the United States.The plan, which also would aim to address the root cause of migration from countries in Central America and improve the use of technology at the border, will be sent to Congress on Wednesday, shortly after Biden is inaugurated, the source said.Biden promised during the campaign that he would make immigration reform a priority as president, a move that ran directly counter to the anti-immigration rhetoric and action that defined President Donald Trump's four years in office. The President-elect also received pressure from immigration groups throughout the campaign, many of whom worried that the deportation that happened during the Obama presidency would continue in the Biden administration.Biden...
    The Washington Post reports that President-elect Joe Biden will immediately introduce an immigration reform package that will include a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S. “The president-elect’s plan has been met with praise from pro-immigration advocates and Democratic lawmakers,” Seung Min Kim reported, “who have toiled to overhaul the immigration system for decades.” The Los Angeles Times reports the legalization process for the 11 million undocumented immigrants is the “controversial centerpiece” of Biden’s package, but respectfully, there’s nothing controversial about that at all. Legalization is popular across all party lines, including among Republicans. What’s truly controversial has been the outgoing administration’s anti-immigrant agenda, which was just rejected by American voters. The Post reports that Biden’s plan (expected to be released following his inauguration, while other outlets say within the next several days) will include a faster timeline for immigrants protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and...
    A radical immigration overhaul to be proposed this week by President-elect Joe Biden would include a path to citizenship that could see millions of illegal immigrants become U.S. citizens in just eight years. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris told Univision last week that the immigration bill would be "first order of business" and will be about "creating a pathway for people to earn citizenship." She said that pathway would be eight years long. BIDEN CONFRONTED WITH MIGRANT CARAVAN CHALLENGE AS HE TAKES OFFICE, GOP BLAMES CAMPAIGN RHETORIC  The Washington Post reported Monday that the bill, to be unveiled on Inauguration Day Wednesday, would put illegal immigrants into protected status and a five-year pathway to a green card. If they meet certain conditions, such as payment of taxes and a background check, they could then be put on a three-year pathway to citizenship. Some estimates put the population of illegal immigrants at around 12 million as...
    President-elect Joe Biden will propose an 8-year path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the U.S., the Associated Press reported Tuesday. Biden reportedly plans to unveil the legislation on his first day in office. The plan could represent Biden’s first kept campaign promise, as he vowed several times on the campaign trail to introduce a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants within his first 100 days in office. Under the plan, all illegal immigrants who began living in the U.S. by January 1, 2021 will have a 5-year path to temporary legal status, so long as they pay taxes and pass a background check, the AP reported. Following an additional three years, they would be able to apply for U.S. citizenship. YUMA, AZ – MARCH 16: Men run after crossing illegally into the U.S. from Mexico on March 16, 2006 at...
    Immigration legislation that President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Trump moves to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil MORE is expected to propose on his first day in office will reportedly include an eight-year path to citizenship for approximately 11 million people.  An unidentified source told The Associated Press that the bill Biden plans to introduce after he takes the oath of office Wednesday will be hundreds of pages in length. The AP reported that under the legislation, those living in the U.S. without legal status as of Jan. 1, 2021, will have a five-year path to temporary legal status or a green card if they pass background checks, pay taxes and fulfill other requirements. After this, individuals would then have a three-year process to naturalization.  So-called "Dreamers," the young undocumented immigrants brought to...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration, hoping to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status, a massive reversal from the Trump administration’s harsh immigration policies. The legislation puts Biden on track to deliver on a major campaign promise important to Latino voters and other immigrant communities after four years of President Donald Trump’s restrictive policies and mass deportations. It provides one of the fastest pathways to citizenship for those living without legal status of any measure in recent years, but it fails to include the traditional trade-off of enhanced border security favored by many Republicans, making passage in a narrowly divided Congress in doubt. Expected to run hundreds of pages, the bill is set to be introduced after Biden takes the oath of office...
    WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on the first day of his administration, hoping to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status, a massive reversal from the Trump administration's harsh immigration policies.  The legislation puts Biden on track to deliver on a major campaign promise important to Latino voters and other immigrant communities after four years of President Donald Trump's restrictive policies and mass deportations. It provides one of the fastest pathways to citizenship for those living without legal status of any measure in recent years, but it fails to include the traditional trade-off of enhanced border security favored by many Republicans, making passage in a narrowly divided Congress in doubt.   Expected to run hundreds of pages, the bill is set to be introduced after Biden takes the oath of office Wednesday, according...
    JOE Biden is going to ask Congress to offer legal status to 11 million people in the country - just a day after one of his aides said the 8,000 migrants traveling in a caravan to the United States "won't be let in right now." The president-elect said he was going to immediately ask Congress to offer a pathway to citizenship to the 11 million undocumented people living in the United States. 6Biden vowed to send a bill to Congress on his first day granting a pathway to citizenshipCredit: AFP or licensors 6This came one day after one of his aides said now is not the time for the migrant caravan to come to the United StatesCredit: AFP or licensors He made headlines last week when announcing the plan given how divided immigration issues are within each party, let alone between Democrats and Republicans. Sources close to Biden said he...
    New York : On the first day of his government, the president-elect Joe biden will present a reform proposal to seek to grant citizenship to about 11 million undocumented immigrants. Democrat’s plan has even surprised immigrant advocates, since a plan of that magnitude has divided the members of his party, added to the differences with Republicans, he indicated The Associated Press, which quotes four people who know the president-elect’s plans. In addition to seeking to protect dreamers with a modification of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), during his campaign, Biden announced that he would present an immigration reform to seek to naturalize the undocumented who live in the country. The Democrat’s promise has been taken with care by activists, since in 2008 the president Barack Obama He promised immigration reform, an issue that he addressed until the second term, when DACA and DAPA emerged; the latter...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenMissouri woman seen with Pelosi sign charged in connection with Capitol riots Facebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP MORE is reportedly planning to unveil legislation on his first day in the Oval Office that would provide a legal path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants.  Four people briefed on Biden's plans told The Associated Press the measure is among his top priorities during his first days in the White House, along with controlling the coronavirus pandemic and rejuvenating the U.S. economy.   Biden campaigned on creating a legal path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants during the 2020 presidential cycle.   "It is a moral failing and a national shame when a father and his baby daughter drown seeking our shores. When children are locked away in overcrowded detention centers and the government seeks to keep them there indefinitely," Biden says on his...
    SAN DIEGO (AP/CBS13) — President-elect Joe Biden’s decision to immediately ask Congress to offer legal status to an estimated 11 million people in the country has surprised advocates given how the issue has long divided Democrats and Republicans, even within their own parties. According to four people briefed on his plans, Biden will announce legislation on his first day in office to provide a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants in the United States illegally. The president-elect campaigned on a path to citizenship for the roughly 11 million people in the U.S. illegally, but it was unclear how quickly he would move while wrestling with the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and other priorities. For advocates, memories were fresh of presidential candidate Barack Obama pledging an immigration bill his first year in office, in 2009, but not tackling the issue until his second term. Biden’s plan is the polar opposite...
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s decision to immediately ask Congress to offer legal status to an estimated 11 million people in the country has surprised advocates given how the issue has long divided Democrats and Republicans, even within their own parties. Biden will announce legislation his first day in office to provide a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants in the United States illegally, according to four people briefed on his plans. The president-elect campaigned on a path to citizenship for the roughly 11 million people in the U.S. illegally, but it was unclear how quickly he would move while wrestling with the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and other priorities. For advocates, memories were fresh of presidential candidate Barack Obama pledging an immigration bill his first year in office, in 2009, but not tackling the issue until his second term. Biden’s plan is the polar opposite of...
    During his first days in office, President-elect Joe Biden plans to send a groundbreaking legislative package to Congress to address the long-elusive goal of immigration reform, including what’s certain to be a controversial centerpiece: a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants who are in the county without legal status, according to immigrant rights activists in communication with the Biden-Harris transition team. The bill also would provide a shorter pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of people with Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients who were brought to the U.S. as children, and likely also for certain frontline essential workers, vast numbers of whom are immigrants. In a significant departure from many previous immigration bills passed under both Democratic and Republican administrations, the proposed legislation would not contain any provisions directly linking an expansion of immigration with stepped-up enforcement and security measures,...
    LONDON, Jan. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Commonwealth of Dominica, an island of 72,000 in the East Caribbean region, is well on track to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda set by the United Nations in 2015. At the core of the agenda are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that call all countries to take action for a more developed and equal world. Dominica’s government has prioritised the SDGs for several years and recognised that ending poverty must go together with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth while tackling climate change and preserving oceans and forests. The country’s Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme has been a crucial element in funding many of the projects that make reaching the targets possible. In September 2015, the General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Citizenship by Investment has...
    The Census Bureau’s director put an indefinite stop to an effort to gather data on U.S. residents' citizenship status Wednesday, interrupting Trump's plans to use the information when drawing House districts, the Associated Press reports. Trump had reportedly been pushing the Census Bureau to finalize a document that would fulfill Executive Order 13880, which would exclude undocumented residents from the count that determines how many seats each state gets in Congress for the next decade. The president has argued that certain states are reaping the benefit of a large undocumented population boosting the number of seats they are apportioned. California, for example, has about 2.2 million undocumented residents. If Trump's push were to be successful, the state could lose two to three seats in the House. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham sent out a memo to bureau employees telling them to "'stand down' and discontinue their data reviews." He noted that problems with the...
    Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Tuesday said the Biden administration will take a more "humane" approach to immigration when the president-elect takes office next week. The incoming administration plans to introduce an immigration reform bill that would grant automatic green cards to immigrants with Temporary Protected Status as well as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients – who were brought to the U.S. as children when their parents crossed the border illegally, Harris told Univision. The plan would include a path to citizenship for millions living in the U.S. illegally. It "creates a path for the majority of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country to" get citizenship, "first making them legal permanent residents, a status they could access within a period of eight years," she said, Univision reported. TRUMP SAYS 'I KEPT MY PROMISES' AS HE MARKS 450 MILES OF BORDER WALL, AMID RIOT FALLOUT IN DC...
    Day laborers and their supporters participate in a "Caravan for Essential and Excluded Workers" to call on California Governor Gavin Newsom to ensure that COVID-19-related emergency financial aid from the federal CARES Act reaches day laborers, undocumented workers and their families, April 14, 2020, in Los Angeles, California, during coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro said this week that undocumented immigrants who have served as essential workers amid the novel coronavirus pandemic should be put on an expedited path to citizenship. Currently, there’s no way for millions of undocumented families to "get in line” to even begin the naturalization process. "I think that these undocumented immigrants who have been essential workers during this pandemic should be on a fast-track to citizenship, because I think that they have earned it,” Castro told MSNBC’s American Voices with Alicia Menendez. “The government and the states asked them—in fact, in many ways, the Trump administration forced them...
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    Meghan Markle has officially missed her chance to become a UK citizen... for now, DailyMail.com can reveal. The Duchess of Sussex had fully intended to become a Brit after marrying Prince Harry in May 2018 in a spectacular wedding at Windsor Castle. She was required to live in the UK for a minimum of three years before applying for citizenship and legally qualifying for a British passport. And at the time Kensington Palace confirmed the former Suits actress intended to apply. However, her and Harry's shock Megxit announcement in January 2020 saw the plans hit the skids. Under strict Home Office rules the Duchess, who first moved to London on November 21, 2017, could have begun her citizenship application three years later on November 21, 2020. But the jet-setting Duchess was also required to limit the total number of days she spent outside of the UK in that time to...
    By Rob Picheta and Benjamin Berteau | CNN Stanley Johnson, the father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has said that he intends to obtain French citizenship — his comments coming just hours before the UK’s final transition out of the European Union. Johnson, a former Member of the European Parliament, told French radio station RTL he “will always be European” in an interview aired on Thursday. “It’s not a question of becoming French. If I understood correctly, I am French,” he told RTL in French, highlighting his family’s link with the country. “My mother was born in France, her mother was entirely French as was her grandfather. So for me it’s a question of reclaiming what I already have,” he said of the decision to become a French citizen. “Therefore, I am very happy.” Britain officially leaves the EU’s single market and customs union when the transition period ends...
    Washington — The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a legal battle over a Kansas requirement that people seeking to register to vote in the state provide documentary proof of U.S. citizenship. In rejecting the request from the attorney general of Kansas to revive the measure, the high court left in place a lower court ruling that invalidated the requirement. Justice Neil Gorsuch did not take part in the consideration of the petition. The dispute centers around a 2011 law passed by the Kansas legislature that requires people registering for the first time to vote in Kansas to prove they are U.S. citizens. To establish citizenship for voter registration, the law says prospective voters can provide one of 13 different documents, including a copy of a birth citizenship or valid or expired passport. Those who do not submit proof of citizenship at the time of registration have 90...
    A Saudi national with U.S. citizenship was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday by a Saudi Arabia court despite appeals from the Trump administration to release him, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Walid Fitaihi was reportedly charged with illegally acquiring U.S. citizenship in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, according to The Post. He was arrested by Saudi officials in November 2017 and reportedly tortured and held without trial for around two years. Fitaihi was charged with procuring U.S. citizenship without official permission and for supporting the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, The Post reported. He was released in 2019, though his family’s Saudi assets remain frozen and they are under a travel ban. “We are disappointed to hear of the sentencing of Dr. Walid Fitaihi and are seeking a full understanding of the ruling against him,” a State Department spokesperson said, The Post reported. Devastating news from Saudi Arabia—an American...
    The incoming Biden administration will, for the third time in two decades, try to bring Democrats and Republicans in Congress together to offer legal status to more than 10 million illegal immigrants in the United States. When combined with border security and enforcement measures, such proposals have often been referred to as "comprehensive immigration reform." Opponents prefer the term "amnesty" when discussing a pathway to citizenship or any large-scale legalization of undocumented immigrants. President-elect Joe Biden has vowed to introduce an immigration bill in his first 100 days, and although his team has not disclosed details, his immigration platform states his plan to provide a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants in certain categories. “It did not come up as a huge issue in the election campaign towards the end,” said Migration Policy Institute senior fellow Muzaffar Chishti in a call with reporters. “But [the] president-elect did make...
    In late 2019, a pregnant Turkish woman obtained a tourist visa for American travel and told officials she’d stay at a New York City hotel. But instead, federal prosecutors say, she moved into a Long Island “birth house,” had her baby at a local hospital, and left the country after applying for a U.S. passport for her child. The woman was one of about 100 Turkish nationals to fraudulently obtain citizenship for their babies through a Suffolk County “birth tourism” scheme, which authorities say bilked Medicaid out of $2.1 million in benefits. On Wednesday, the feds arrested five Long Island residents accused of operating the citizenship mill: Ibrahim “Dennis” Aksakal, 48; Enes Burak Cakiroglu, 24; Sarah Kaplan, 46; Fiordalisa Marte, 41; and Edgar Rodriguez, 48. The alleged scammers were arraigned on Wednesday afternoon. It’s unclear whether a sixth person identified only as “Indicted Co-conspirator #1” would be arrested, too. Aksakal,...
    Six people were indicted Tuesday in connection with a "birth tourism" and money-laundering scheme in Long Island, N.Y., that resulted in 119 children being born in the United States, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.  From January 2017 to September 2020, 117 mothers traveled from Turkey to give birth in the U.S. so their children could obtain citizenship and benefits. It resulted in $2.1 million in losses to Medicaid, authorities said. "Using Internet ads, the defendants perpetrated an international fraud that relied upon a parade of women who paid them thousands of dollars in fees in order to enter the United States under false pretenses, to give birth here," Acting U.S. Attorney Seth DuCharme said. "The defendants cashed in on the desire for birthright citizenship, and the American taxpayer ultimately got stuck with the $2.1 million bill." CHINESE WOMAN LINKED TO 'BIRTH TOURISM' SCHEME GETS 10 MONTHS IN PRISON Five people were arrested Tuesday. The sixth...
    Six people have been charged and more are being sought in a 'birth tourism' and money laundering scheme which saw dozens of pregnant Turkish woman pay up to $10,000 to give birth on Long Island to secure US citizenship for their children Details of the indictment were unveiled by US Attorney Seth Ducharme in a Wednesday morning press conference. According to Ducharme, the illicit plot saw 117 women travel from Turkey to Suffolk County to give birth to the children before returning home. In total, 119 children were born on US soil. The operators of the scheme consist of four Turkish nationals and two US citizens, officials said. They were named as Ibrahim 'Dennis' Aksakal, Enes Burak Cakiroglu, Sarah Kaplan, Fiordalisa 'Lisa' Marte, and Edgar 'Eddie' Rodriguez. The name of the sixth alleged co-conspirator was withheld by prosecutors as they're yet to be apprehended.  Scroll down for video  Eastern District...
    House Democrats have begun drafting legislation aimed at granting amnesty to the over 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, which President-elect Joe Biden has said he will sign. Rep. Linda Sanchez has started the process of drafting a bill that includes a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Democrats are expected to submit the bill as soon as Biden enters the White House, according to a Politico report this week. The report added that “multiple Hispanic Caucus members” have privately said that a “large number of Democrats would be severely disappointed” if Biden doesn’t push for immigration reform early in his presidency. Biden recently signaled to NBC’s Lester Holt that he is ready to support such a bill and grant citizenship to the tens of millions of illegal immigrants currently in the U.S. "I will send an immigration bill to the United States Senate with a...
    People raise their hands to take an oath during a naturalization ceremony on July 22, 2020, in New York City. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has made official the changes it proposed to its naturalization test, and suspicions that it was doing it just to trip up applicants was right on the dot, an immigration policy expert says. “Some of the questions have been made explicitly more difficult—even though there’s no evidence the old test wasn’t challenging enough,” American Immigration Council policy counsel Aaron Reichlin-Melnick writes. In other instances, “questions have taken on a subtle political stance.” One guess whose stance. “One question in particular raises concerns of politicization,” Reichlin-Melnick writes. “On the old test, applicants could be asked ‘Who does a U.S. senator represent?’ The suggested answer was ‘all people of the state.’ On the new test, the suggested answer is ‘citizens of their state.’” “This is not correct,” he continues. “Members of Congress represent everyone who lives within their district, regardless...
    LONDON, Nov. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Brexit has for some time been a part of the lives of those living in the UK. From a proposed idea to a passed bill, the UK is currently in the midst of a transition period that will culminate in officially leaving the EU on January 1st, 2021. What remains unclear, is what exactly this means for British citizens. What restrictions will be in place, how strong will the British passport now be and what will be the economic impact? Due to this uncertainty many have now turned to Citizenship by Investment Programmes as a means to obtain dual citizenship in another country. Not knowing what the future holds in the country you call home can be distressing and so for many, they are looking into the option of citizenship in more stable countries where their future seems more certain. Citizenship by Investment (CBI)...
    President-elect Joe Biden has been slammed for saying that presenting an amnesty bill for people living in the country illegally would be a top priority when he takes office, rather than focusing on the COVID pandemic.  'I am going to make a commitment in the first 100 days, I will send a immigration bill to the United States Senate with a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people in America,' Biden said in an interview with NBC News on Tuesday. Newly-elected congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis, a Staten Island Republican, blasted the statement in an interview with Fox News guest host Mark Steyn on Wednesday night.  'It is disheartening that this is his focus. It's not providing relief to the millions of American that are struggling right now, during this pandemic,' said Malliotakis, who unseated incumbent Democratic Rep. Max Rose in the district representing Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn....
    President-elect Joe Biden pledged this week to send a bill to the Senate granting amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States within his first 100 days in office. “I will send an immigration bill to the United States Senate with a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people in America,” Biden told NBC’s Lester Holt. "I will send an immigration bill to the United States Senate with a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people in America."@JoeBiden pledges to create a pathway to citizenship for the millions of illegal immigrants in the United States. pic.twitter.com/1iR187XDSu— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 25, 2020 The bill could face tough opposition if Republicans control the Senate after two critical runoff elections in Georgia in January, but some members of the GOP have hinted that they are open to working with Democrats on the immigration issue. ...
    Britain’s Supreme Court will hear the case of Shamima Begum, the 21-year-old who had her British citizenship removed after she travelled to Syria to marry an Islamic State guerilla. Then-Home Secretary Sajid Javid removed her citizenship in February 2019 due to national security concerns. Under observed international law, it is illegal to render a person stateless; however, the British government said that it was able to revoke British-born Begum’s citizenship due to her parents being from Bangladesh. Bangladesh’s minister of state for foreign affairs has declared that Begum would neither be granted citizenship nor allowed into the country. The Begums began legal action, and in July 2020, the Court of Appeal ruled that the ISIS member should be allowed to return to the UK to challenge the removal of her citizenship in person. However, that same month the government won the right to take the decision to the Supreme Court,...
    LONDON (Reuters) - A British-born woman who went to Syria as a schoolgirl to join Islamic State should not be allowed to return to Britain to challenge the government taking away her citizenship because she poses a security risk, the UK's top court heard on Monday. Shamima Begum, who was born to Bangladeshi parents, left London in 2015 when she was 15 and went to Syria via Turkey with two schoolfriends. In Syria, she married an Islamic State fighter and lived in Raqqa, the capital of the self-declared caliphate, where she remained for four years until she was discovered in a detention camp. She has had three children since leaving Britain, but all the infants have since died. Britain's interior minister stripped her of her British citizenship but in July, the Court of Appeal unanimously agreed Begum, now 21, could only have a fair and effective appeal of that decision...
    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Supreme Court is set to decide whether a woman who ran away from her London home as a teenager to join the Islamic State group in Syria can return to the U.K. The British government is fighting to keep Shamima Begum from coming back to the country where she was born. At a hearing beginning on Monday, it is challenging a lower court’s ruling that Begum can return to Britain to mount a legal challenge aimed at restoring her U.K. citizenship, which was revoked on national security grounds. The Court of Appeal said in July that “the only way in which she can have a fair and effective appeal is to be permitted to come into the United Kingdom.” But James Eadie, a lawyer acting for the U.K. government, told the Supreme Court justices that Begum “is considered to pose a real and current threat...
    People who want to become an American citizen must pass a test that deals with U.S. history and government. But according to the Immigration Impact website, recent changes to the test are meant to make it more difficult to become a citizen. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the changes last week and explained them: With the 2020 version of the civics test, the USCIS officer will ask you to answer 20 out of the 128 civics test questions. You must answer at least 12 questions correctly to pass the 2020 version of the civics test. All questions on the test are asked orally. There are no changes to the English portion of the naturalization civics test. You must demonstrate an understanding of the English language, including the ability to read, write, and speak basic English. The agency also notes that people who do not pass the test have...
    DONALD Trump has reportedly been discussing an executive order that would end birthright citizenship for American-born babies in the United States. Two sources told The Hill on Friday night that the Trump administration has revived talks in recent weeks, as Joe Biden is set to replace him in the White House come January. 5Donald Trump is reportedly discussing an executive order that would end birthright citizenshipCredit: Getty Images - Getty Currently, babies born on US soil are American citizens – regardless of their parents' citizenship status. President Trump and his administration hope to challenge this in the final weeks – possibly with an executive order, sources told The Hill. White House press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement that the order comes as Trump aims to keep his "promises" – but would not confirm such talks, The Hill reported. "Since taking office, President Trump has never shied away from using his...
    A medical doctor and a psychologist have been charged for creating phony diagnoses to help immigrants fraudulently obtain United States citizenship, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider announced Tuesday. The medical doctor who was charged is Muhammad Awaisi, 61, and the psychologist is Firoza VanHorn, 70, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan. Awaisi and VanHorn allegedly created phony medical diagnoses for illegal immigrants so that they could fraudulently become U.S. citizens without the traditional requirements, accoridng to the statment. They are charged with documenting tests that were not performed and also prescribing medication that was unnecessary. (RELATED: Man Identified As ICE Doctor Behind Hysterectomies Previously Settled Medicare, Medicaid Fraud Case With Feds) LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 15: Immigrants are sworn in as U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony held by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the Los Angeles Convention Center on...
    President Trump is considering signing an executive order ending birthright citizenship before he leaves the Oval Office, The Hill reports.  On Friday, various sources told the website that members of the Trump Administration have been discussing the issue with increasing frequency. They are hoping to push the President into taking action before Joe Biden is sworn in on  January 20.   Under current law, all babies born in United States are automatically granted citizenship, regardless of whether or not their parents are American. An executive order signed by President Trump would likely put an end to such legal protections.    The Trump Administrations declined to comment specifically on the issue when approached by The Hill.   Instead, White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere issued a statement saying: 'Since taking office, President Trump has never shied away from using his lawful executive authority to advance bold policies and fulfill the promises he made...
    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Friday announced a new naturalization test with more than two dozen additional questions and a higher number of correct answers required to receive a passing score.  The agency announced that the updated oral exam, set to go into effect Dec. 1, will include 128 questions about American government and history, compared to the 100 included in the previous version from 2008.  While the current test requires individuals to answer six out of 10 questions correctly, the 2020 version has a requirement of 12 out of 20 correct answers needed to pass.  According to the updated pool of questions and answers posted on the department website, the first set of questions span over three categories: principles of American government, system of government and rights and responsibilities.  The test also includes questions on American history, as well as U.S. symbols and holidays.  While the...
    Immigrants seeking to become U.S. citizens will soon be required to answer more questions about American history and politics as part of a revised civics test announced Friday by the U.S. immigration services agency. Starting December 1, applicants for U.S. citizenship will have to correctly answer at least 12 of 20 questions posed by immigration officials. The current civics test requires immigrants to correctly answer 6 questions out of a total of 10. The civics test is one several required steps immigrants need to fulfill before becoming naturalized U.S. citizens — a process administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Most applicants also undergo another test to demonstrate their ability to read, write and speak basic English. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox For the updated civics test, immigrants will be instructed to study a collection of 128 potential questions on topics ranging from the structure of...
    SAN ANTONIO – Veterans for Peace is a global nonprofit organization that seeks justice for military veterans and pushes for peace, not war. The organization’s newest branch, the “Deported Veterans Advocacy Project,” created the Unified U.S. Deported Veterans Resource Center in Tijuana, Mexico, to be the first line of help for military veterans that have been deported. “There is no mystery as to why we’re here, that we’re strategically located at this point so that we can intercept veterans that are being deported,” Robert Vivar with the Unified U.S. Deported Veterans office told KSAT. For the past several years, Vivar has been helping veterans get situated, assist them in getting their benefits and help them find ways to fight their immigration cases with the goal of being allowed back into the United States. “When you get deported, you get deported practically with nothing,” Vivar said. “You don’t have family, you...
    Former Google CEO and Clinton lackey Eric Schmidt has reportedly applied to become a citizen of the island of Cyprus, essentially buying a passport that would allow him to enter the European Union. The move as Schmidt is reportedly being courted for a prominent tech role in a Biden administration. Recode reports that former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is working to finalize a plan to become an official citizen of the island of Cyprus, becoming one of the highest-profile Americans to take advantage of one of the world’s most controversial “passport-for-sale” programs. Schmidt and his family have reportedly won approval to become citizens of the Mediterranean island according to a previously unreported notice in a Cypriot publication called Alithia in October. It is not clear why exactly Schmidt would pursue foreign citizenship, but the new passport gives him the ability to travel to the European Union and could possibly provide...
    Washington (CNN)The Trump administration is planning to make the naturalization test, which immigrants must pass to become US citizens, longer, according to a draft memo obtained by CNN, a move that could make it more difficult and marks the latest in a string of actions intended to alter the citizenship process.Last year, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, which administers the exam, announced that it was making changes to the civics portion of the test. The agency last launched revisions of the naturalization exam in 2009, "which implemented standardized test forms for both the English and civics test requirements," according to a May 2019 memo. The memo also said the agency was in the process of formalizing a decennial revision process. The agency appears to be nearing the finish line for its latest slate of changes. According to the memo, revisions include adding more civics test questions and topics, as well...
    Google's former chief executive Eric Schmidt has applied for Cypriot citizenship, which would offer him visa-free travel in the EU and the ability to travel to Europe during the pandemic, local media says. Schmidt, 65, and his wife and daughter have all applied for naturalisation in the EU member state, according to a notice published in Cypriot newspaper Alithia.  The notice appeared just days after Cyprus suspended a controversial 'golden passport' scheme in which wealthy foreigners could buy citizenship in return for a €2.2million ($2.6million) investment.  While US citizens are currently banned from Cyprus because of Covid-19, Cypriot nationals who live on the island are allowed to enter with their families, and in normal times the passport allows unrestricted travel to 26 other EU nations.  Google's former CEO Eric Schmidt, pictured, is believed to have applied for Cypriot citizenship in a move which would allow him visa-free travel in...
    Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is reportedly trying to get his hands on a European passport. The 65-year-old tech tycoon — whose string of extra-marital affairs have made him a regular fixture on Page Six — is finalizing a plan to become a citizen of the small Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Recode reported on Monday. The documentation would allow Schmidt, who was born in Virginia, to bypass strict COVID-19 related travel bans on the continent. Cyprus law allows foreigners to apply for citizenship if they have held property on the island worth at least 2 million euros for more than 5 years. It is far more commonly taken advantage of by Russian oligarchs than US tech moguls, according to the report. Schmidt, who led the search giant from 2001 until 2011, is currently the 82nd richest person on earth with a net worth of $19.2 billion, according to the...
    Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is reportedly trying to get his hands on a European passport. The 65-year-old tech tycoon — whose string of extra-marital affairs have made him a regular fixture on Page Six — is finalizing a plan to become a citizen of the small Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Recode reported on Monday. The documentation would allow Schmidt, who was born in Virginia, to bypass strict COVID-19 related travel bans on the continent. Cyprus law allows foreigners to apply for citizenship if they have held property on the island worth at least 2 million euros for more than 5 years. It is far more commonly taken advantage of by Russian oligarchs than US tech moguls, according to the report. Schmidt, who led the search giant from 2001 until 2011, is currently the 82nd richest person on earth with a net worth of $19.2 billion, according to the Bloomberg...
    (CNN)As a resident of one of 2020's battleground states, I cannot contain my excitement about the fact that this is my first time voting in a US presidential election. In Georgia, I was casting a vote for the change that I so desperately want to see in this country. Twenty years ago, I came to the US from the Himalayan country of Nepal to pursue my master's in social work. After graduation, I worked as an advocate for survivors of gender-based violence in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Although I was eligible to apply for US citizenship in 2012, it was not a priority for me at that time.My work in the community, particularly to advance women's empowerment in northeast Pennsylvania and in Nepal, was my main focus.When my husband got a promotion, we relocated to Atlanta. Read MoreRemember these words on Election DayImmediately, I found my community and went to work doing...
    Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden said on Twitter Monday that he and his wife are applying for Russian citizenship, in addition to their American citizenship.   Snowden, 37, also announced he and Lindsay Mills are expecting a baby boy.   “After years of separation from our parents, my wife and I have no desire to be separated from our son. That's why, in this era of pandemics and closed borders, we're applying for dual US-Russian citizenship.” After years of separation from our parents, my wife and I have no desire to be separated from our son. That's why, in this era of pandemics and closed borders, we're applying for dual US-Russian citizenship. https://t.co/cCgT0rr37e— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) November 1, 2020 Snowden emphasized that the couple have no intention to renounce their U.S. citizenship.  “Lindsay and I will remain Americans, raising our son with all the values of the America we love - including the freedom to...
    MOSCOW – Former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden said Monday that he and his wife intend to apply for Russian citizenship without renouncing their U.S. citizenship. Snowden, a former contractor with the U.S. National Security Agency, has been living in Russia since 2013 to escape prosecution in the U.S. after leaking classified documents detailing government surveillance programs. He was granted permanent residency last month, his Russian lawyer said. Snowden’s wife Lindsay Mills, an American who has been living with him in Russia, announced last week that the couple are expecting a child. According to Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, the child, a boy, will be born in December and will have Russian citizenship. JAMES CARAFANO: CHINA, RUSSIA, IRAN AND NORTH KOREA CARE ABOUT THE US ELECTION RESULTS - HERE'S WHY “After years of separation from our parents, my wife and I have no desire to be separated from our son. That’s...
    Edward Snowden is seeking Russian citizenship for his wife and their unborn child. "After years of separation from our parents, my wife and I have no desire to be separated from our son," the former National Security Agency contractor shared on social media on Sunday. "That's why, in this era of pandemics and closed borders, we're applying for dual US-Russian citizenship." After years of separation from our parents, my wife and I have no desire to be separated from our son. That's why, in this era of pandemics and closed borders, we're applying for dual US-Russian citizenship. https://t.co/cCgT0rr37e— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) November 1, 2020 "Lindsay and I will remain Americans, raising our son with all the values of the America we love — including the freedom to speak his mind. And I look forward to the day I can return to the States, so the whole family can be reunited,"...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden said Monday that he and his wife intend to apply for Russian citizenship without renouncing their U.S. citizenship. Snowden, a former contractor with the U.S. National Security Agency, has been living in Russia since 2013 to escape prosecution in the U.S. after leaking classified documents detailing government surveillance programs. He was granted permanent residency last month, his Russian lawyer said. Snowden's wife Lindsay Mills, an American who has been living with him in Russia, announced last week that the couple are expecting a child. According to Snowden's lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, the child, a boy, will be born in December and will have Russian citizenship. “After years of separation from our parents, my wife and I have no desire to be separated from our son. That’s why, in this era of pandemics and closed borders, we’re applying for dual U.S.-Russian citizenship,” Snowden...
    Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden said on Twitter Monday that he and his wife are applying for Russian citizenship, in addition to their American citizenship.   Snowden, 37, also announced he and Lindsay Mills are expecting a baby boy.   “After years of separation from our parents, my wife and I have no desire to be separated from our son. That's why, in this era of pandemics and closed borders, we're applying for dual US-Russian citizenship.” After years of separation from our parents, my wife and I have no desire to be separated from our son. That's why, in this era of pandemics and closed borders, we're applying for dual US-Russian citizenship. https://t.co/cCgT0rr37e— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) November 1, 2020 Snowden emphasized that the couple have no intention to renounce their U.S. citizenship.  “Lindsay and I will remain Americans, raising our son with all the values of the America we love - including the freedom to...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden will apply for Russian citizenship in addition to his U.S. citizenship, he said on Monday. Snowden, 37, fled the United States and was given asylum in Russia after leaking secret files in 2013 that revealed vast domestic and international surveillance operations carried out by the U.S. National Security Agency where he was a contractor. "After years of separation from our parents, my wife and I have no desire to be separated from our son. That's why, in this era of pandemics and closed borders, we're applying for dual US-Russian citizenship," he wrote on Twitter. His lawyer in Russia said last month that Snowden had been granted permanent residency rights. (Reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Kim Coghill) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Russia, United States, Asia, Europe
    Prince Harry will have to give up his royal title and just be “Harry” if he decides to become a U.S. citizen, a royal expert told The Express. The Duke of Sussex has been living in the U.S. for the past several months, after he and his wife, Meghan Markle, stepped down from their roles as senior members of Britain’s royal family. However, Queen Elizabeth allowed them to retain their titles and styles, on the condition that they don’t use them when conducting business. And now, royal expert Marlene Koenig is warning Harry that if he decides to become a U.S. citizen, he’ll have to give up his title by default. “He would literally have to, even though there is no law preventing him from still being called Prince Harry, but when you become a US citizen, you have to renounce any titles or allegiance,” she said. Specifically, the Constitution...
    Democratic nominee Joe Biden said that he would grant a pathway to citizenship for the millions of illegal immigrants living in the United States during the presidential debate Thursday evening. “Within 100 days, I’m going to send the United States Congress a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people,” Biden said in response to debate moderator Kristen Welker. “All of those so-called dreamers, those DACA kids,” — referring to the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals policy — “they’re going to be immediately certified again to stay in this country and put on a path to citizenship,” Biden said. (RELATED: Supreme Court Rules Against Trump’s Bid To End DACA) WATCH: Joe Biden: “Within 100 days, I’m going to send to the United States Congress a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people.” #Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/uzNGt12iCI — The Hill (@thehill) October 23, 2020 Biden and President Donald...
    A MUSLIM doctor was denied German citizenship after refusing to shake hands with the woman presenting his certificate, according to reports. The Lebanese man was set to become a German citizen after 13 years in the country, but he fell at the last hurdle after refusing to shake hands with the woman handing over his citizenship at a ceremony in 2015 for religious reasons. 2The Muslim refused to shake hands with the woman giving him his certificateCredit: Getty Images - Getty Five years on, a court has backed the decision to deny citizenship to the 40-year-old doctor. Judges at the Administrative Court of Baden-Wurttemberg ruled that rejecting a handshake with a woman due to a "danger of sexual temptation" was at odds with integration into Germany society. According to The Telegraph, the ruling stated that a handshake "has a long tradition of signalling greeting or saying farewell that exists...
    A Muslim doctor has been denied German citizenship after refusing to shake a woman's hand when she gave him his certificate.  The 39-year-old Lebanese national was on the brink of becoming a German after living in the country for 13 years, completing his medical studies and passing a citizenship test with the highest possible mark.  But he failed at the final hurdle after refusing to shake the hand of the female official at the ceremony in 2015, leading state authorities to deny him citizenship.  Five years later, a court has backed their decision - saying the man's 'fundamentalist' views were at odds with his integration into German society.  A Muslim doctor was denied German citizenship after refusing to shake hands with a female official at his naturalisation ceremony (stock photo) The man had moved to Germany in 2002 and lived there legally ever since, marrying a woman of Syrian...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled against the U.S. State Department in its quest to deny the citizenship of one of two twins born abroad to a gay married couple. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday that a Los Angeles trial judge correctly concluded that 4-year-old Ethan Dvash-Banks was an American citizen despite being conceived with sperm of an Israeli father and born in Canada using a surrogate mother. The boy’s other father is a U.S. citizen, and the law does not require a child to show a biological relationship if their parents were married at the time of their birth, a U.S. District Court judge ruled last year. The boy was granted a passport after the ruling, but the State Department appealed. A three-judge panel ruled unanimously that it was bound by precedent from previous decisions and issued a short memorandum without...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled against the U.S. State Department in its quest to deny the citizenship of one of two twins born abroad to a gay married couple. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday that a Los Angeles trial judge correctly concluded that 4-year-old Ethan Dvash-Banks was an American citizen despite being conceived with sperm of an Israeli father and born in Canada using a surrogate mother. The boy’s other father is a U.S. citizen, and the law does not require a child to show a biological relationship if their parents were married at the time of their birth, a U.S. District Court judge ruled last year. The boy was granted a passport after the ruling, but the State Department appealed. A three-judge panel ruled unanimously that it was bound by precedent from previous decisions and issued a short memorandum without...
    Stanford senior Catarina Macario announced that she has become a U.S. citizen, a major step toward playing for the women’s national soccer team. Macario is a two-time reigning college player of the year who was born in Brazil. Many soccer analysts expect her to become the next major world star. She received her first invitation to a U.S. women’s national team camp Thursday but cannot represent America until getting approval from FIFA, soccer’s international governing body. “There is still a ways to go to play for the USA but I am filled with love and eternal gratitude for my family, my teammates, my coaches and trainers and so many others who have been part of my journey,” Macario said in a Twitter post late Thursday. She has 63 goals and 47 assists in 68 games for Stanford, which has won two College Cup titles with Macario....
    ROME — Pope Francis has reiterated his call for a more welcoming attitude toward migrants, insisting everyone has the right to “dream of a better future.” “Certain populist political regimes, as well as certain liberal economic approaches, maintain that an influx of migrants is to be prevented at all cost,” the pope laments in a new encyclical letter titled Fratelli Tutti (Brothers All), meaning that “great numbers of lives are at stake.” “I realize that some people are hesitant and fearful with regard to migrants,” the pontiff declares. “I consider this part of our natural instinct of self-defence.” “I ask everyone to move beyond those primal reactions because there is a problem when doubts and fears condition our way of thinking and acting to the point of making us intolerant, closed and perhaps even – without realizing it – racist,” he warns. “In this way, fear deprives us of the...
    When an election draws near, the political art rises to the top, beginning with MCA Denver’s Citizenship: A Practice of Society, which officially opens to the public with a Parade for the People from City of Cuernavaca Park to MCA on October 3. But that idea trickles down everywhere, at galleries both classy and blue-collar and at a local screen-printing studio. But politics isn’t the only subject on the table: Other shows take on the pandemic, Dia de los Muertos, art for geeks and more, more, more. Plus, it’s Phil Bender’s turn at Pirate: Contemporary Art! Here’s the haps for Denver’s First Friday in October and the rest of the weekend. Phil Bender, "Right Up My Alley Wood Work." Phil Bender Marijuana Deals Near YouRelated Stories Twelve Things to Do This Weekend in and Around Denver Artist Tony Ortega Celebrates Day of the Dead During a Pandemic MCA Denver's...
    With the libraries shuttered, except for curbside pickup, Denver Public Library adult services librarian Heidi Young wanted to give people in the city a way to express their thoughts and emotions about COVID-19 and this brutal year. Inspired by Quaranzine, from the Arlington Public Library, Young decided to create a zine in which library staff and customers could reflect on these brutal times. "For myself as a teenager and a young person being involved in the underground music scene back in Seattle, zines were circulated a lot in that circle," Young says. "I would trade zines with my friends and drop them off at independent bookstores." Zines are DIY, homemade magazines often showcasing works by artists, writers, photographers, and other creatives. Young thought it would be the perfect way to give her coworkers an outlet. Related Stories MCA Denver's Citizenship: A Practice of Society Encourages Public Activism This Is Not...
    GOOGLE searches for "move to Canada" skyrocketed Tuesday night during the "s**tshow" 2020 presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Frustrated citizens of the United States searched "how to apply for Canadian citizenship" as the debate featured Biden repeatedly insulting the President and Trump frequently interrupting the Democrat hopeful. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 3Google Trends gave insight into the minds of some voters as Trump and  Biden argued at in Cleveland, OhioCredit: © 2020 SOPA Img 3Royal Canadian Mounted Police are seen riding their horses in 2017Credit: Getty Images - Getty Google Trends gave insight into the minds of some voters as Trump and  Biden argued at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. The "How to apply for Canadian citizenship" inquiry peaked at approximately 10:30pm, as the fiery debate came to an end. The query also surged again, and...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia City Treasurer Christian Dunbar, a descendant of Harriet Tubman, is facing federal charges for allegedly embezzling thousands of dollars from bank customers and entering into a sham marriage to gain American citizenship. U.S. Attorney William McSwain says Dunbar was arrested by FBI agents on Friday morning. The charges are not related to Dunbar’s work as city treasurer. Mayor Jim Kenney says Dunbar, who is originally from Liberia, has been fired as city treasurer following his arrest. “The criminal complaint announced today does not involve Christian Dunbar’s work with the City of Philadelphia. But in light of the allegations, his employment has been terminated effective immediately. At the same time, I have asked Inspector General Alexander DeSantis to begin a thorough review of the City Treasurer’s Office during the time of Dunbar’s employment as both Deputy Treasurer and Treasurer. This review can help resolve any concerns...
    Meghan Markle would 'seriously consider running for president' if she and Prince Harry ever 'gave up their titles,' a source close to the royal has claimed. The Duchess of Sussex, 39, and Prince Harry, 35, now ensconced in an L.A. mansion, recently recorded a video message for Times 100 urging Americans to vote, hinting they support Democrat Joe Biden.   They made their remarks just weeks before the November 3 elections with Americans in some states already going to the polls.   'One of the reasons she was so keen not to give up her American citizenship was so she had the option to go into politics,' a source close to the couple claimed, speaking to Vanity Fair's Katie Nicholl. 'I think if Meghan and Harry ever gave up their titles she would seriously consider running for president.'  Meghan Markle (pictured), 39, would 'seriously consider running for President,' a source close to the...
    Prince Harry last night left the door open to taking up US citizenship by saying he would not be eligible to vote in 'this' presidential election.  'This election, I'm not going to be able to vote here in the US,' the Duke of Sussex said, adding that he had never voted in Britain either because convention dictates that the royal family keep out of politics.  Harry's remark leaves open the possibility that he could seek to vote in a future election in the US, which would likely require him to obtain a 'green card' and stay in America for at least three years. Meghan and Harry have commented more openly on politics since quitting frontline royal duties earlier this year, and urged Americans to use their vote in a Time 100 message seen by many viewers as a thinly-veiled endorsement of Joe Biden.  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle weighed in...
    Congress cannot be trusted to take on Big tech’s political censorship because Silicon Valley has purchased politicians’ compliance through lobbying, warned Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), author of Firebrand: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the MAGA Revolution, offering his comments on Tuesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow. Gaetz stated, “Congress is not going to rein in big tech, because Congress is bought by big tech. There are just simply too many members of the House and Senate who are beholden to big tech either because of political donations or because their family members are getting employed by big tech.” China similarly procures political influence across America by establishing financial ties — including employment — with the family members of politicians. Gaetz added, “What we need is a focus on appointments to the FCC and to the FEC with people who understand the extent to which big tech bias...
    LUIS SUAREZ has arrived to take his Italian language exam which he MUST pass for his Juventus transfer to go through. The Barcelona star is required to take a citizenship level B1 Italian test in order to get a passport. 4Luis Suarez arrived at the University for Foreigners Perugia for his Italian language test 4The Barca striker is seeking Italian citizenship ahead of a potential move to Juventus And he was pictured pulling up at the University for Foreigners Perugia in a taxi to sit the exam on Thursday afternoon. Onlookers shouted jibes about Giorgio Chiellini who Suarez famously bit at the 2014 World Cup and will be his captain if the Juve move goes through. Suarez's wife Sofia Balbi is an Italian citizen which means the ex-Liverpool striker qualifies for citizenship too if he passes. TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Breaking news, juicy gossip and the biggest deals   The...
    (CNN)The Trump administration said Wednesday that it plans to take a second fight over citizenship and the 2020 census to the Supreme Court.The challenge is to the injunction issued last week blocking the Commerce Department from carrying out President Donald Trump's directive to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census count used to allocate seats in Congress. The panel had ruled that Trump's order is "an unlawful exercise of the authority granted to the President" under the laws that set out how congressional seats are apportioned. The court did not decide if Trump's memorandum violates the Constitution. The July memorandum did not change who would be counted in the 2020 census, which counts every person.In addition to the Supreme Court, the government said it would take the case to the full 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals. Census director says he wasnt involved in Trump citizenship orderThe case is the second...
    BRITS are being challenged to try and pass this tricky citizenship test, and you need to score at least 75 per cent. Anyone who wants to become a British citizen needs to take the test, but it's been described as 'impossible' by those who have lived in the UK their whole life.  1This test has stumped people who lived in the UK their whole lifeCredit: Getty Images - Getty The exam is called the Life In The UK Test, and if you were sitting the exam in real life you’d have 45 minutes to answer 24 questions about British customs, traditions, history and famous faces.  In order to pass - and become a British citizen - you’d need to get at least three-quarters right, the equivalent of 18 questions.  And you'd also need to ace and English exam and be able to meet residency requirements.  If you wanted to test...
    Rich Americans are fleeing to the Caribbean as they swap COVID-19, fears around the upcoming election and even their US citizenship for a winter working remotely in the sun.  Business has been booming in recent months for citizenship advisers, government agencies and real estate developers in several Caribbean islands including Grenada, Dominica, Barbados and St Kitts and Nevis.   Applications for citizenship and visas for Caribbean islands are surging as people take advantage of the 12-month 'Welcome Stamp' initiative launched by Barbados in July, which encourages remote workers to enjoy a long-term stay in the sun. More than 1,100 have so far applied for the scheme and a similar offering in St Kitts and Nevis is also witnessing a surge in interest.  This comes as stark data reveals a growing number of people with dual nationality are ditching their American citizenship and turning their backs on the nation for good.      Rich...
    In his decision in the case, U.S. District Judge Michael L. Brown said that "under the State Department's interpretation, a child cannot acquire citizenship ... unless his or her parents are married U.S. citizens and he or she shares a biological relationship with both parents." "The State Department says two married men can never have a child abroad that it considers having been born in wedlock," Brown noted. "The Court finds that Section 301(c) [of the Immigration and Nationality Act] does not require children to share a biological relationship with both citizen parents in order for those children to acquire citizenship at birth," Brown ruled. The State Department argues that policies on birthright citizenship are applied equally to everyone, regardless of a couple's sexual orientation. The State Department told the Washington Blade it is reviewing the decision with the Department of Justice. Mize said of the decision, "We are so...
    Descendants from Jewish refugees expelled from Austria under Nazi rule can apply for Austrian citizenship under a new law that goes into effect Tuesday. About 120,000 Jews living in Austria fled persecution after Nazi Germany annexed its neighbor in 1938 with many going to the United States and the United Kingdom. Most refugees, The Observer notes, became naturalized citizens in their new countries, but post-war Austria banned dual citizenship, meaning those who left were considered foreigners in their homeland. Eventually, in 1993, former refugees were able to reclaim their Austrian citizenship, but descendants were left out, preventing the country from restoring its pre-war Jewish community, which numbered 200,000. That’s unlikely to happen even now since the applicants will be dual citizens and won’t necessarily reside in Austria. For instance, a major factor for eligible U.K. citizens, per the Observer , will likely be the desire to regain European Union citizenship...
    CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services canceled more than 13,000 employee furloughs Tuesday, averting a catastrophe for the cash-strapped agency that oversees the nation’s legal immigration system. Officials said “unprecedented spending cuts” and a revenue increase allowed the agency to drop the furloughs, but they warned of longer wait times and further backlogs, including for those seeking work permits, green cards or citizenship. “Averting this furlough comes at a severe operational cost that will increase backlogs and wait times across the board, with no guarantee we can avoid future furloughs,” Joseph Edlow, USCIS deputy director for policy, said in a statement. “A return to normal operating procedures requires congressional intervention to sustain the agency through fiscal year 2021.” The agency had warned that without $1.2 billion in emergency funding from Congress, it would have been forced to furlough roughly 70% of its workforce starting Sunday, drastically...
    By SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services canceled more than 13,000 employee furloughs Tuesday, averting a catastrophe for the cash-strapped agency that oversees the nation's legal immigration system. Officials said “unprecedented spending cuts” and a revenue increase allowed the agency to drop the furloughs, but they warned of longer wait times and further backlogs, including for those seeking work permits, green cards or citizenship. “Averting this furlough comes at a severe operational cost that will increase backlogs and wait times across the board, with no guarantee we can avoid future furloughs,” Joseph Edlow, USCIS deputy director for policy, said in a statement. “A return to normal operating procedures requires congressional intervention to sustain the agency through fiscal year 2021.” The agency had warned that without $1.2 billion in emergency funding from Congress, it would have been forced to furlough roughly 70% of its workforce...
    TEXAS – The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) confirmed that prices of various procedures will increase from October 2. Among the increase are citizenship applications which will increase their price from $ 640 to $ 1,160. Faced with this situation, the organization in the Metroplex called the Immigrant Project announced on Tuesday its “Fulfill Your American Dream” campaign, which seeks to motivate those eligible to become American citizens as soon as possible. The initiative also occurs with the urgency that very soon the rates will increase considerably in price. For more information, people can call 1888-793-2182 extension 201. You can also send an email to: perla.ramirez@proyectoinmigrante.org or also alfonso.franco@proyectoinmigrante.org. Below we share the dates of the workshops that will be taught through Zoom from 10 am to 12 pm: Saturday, August 22, 2020 Saturday, August 29, 2020 Saturday, September 5, 2020 Saturday, September 12, 2020 Saturday,...
    (CNN)A record number of people are giving up their US citizenship, new research published on Sunday found. More than 5,800 Americans gave up their citizenship in the first six months of 2020 compared to the 2,072 Americans who renounced their citizenship in all of 2019, according to Bambridge Accountants, a New York-based firm specializing in US expat tax, UK expats, actors and other creatives in the US and the UK.The firm said it examined public data, published by the US government every three months, of the names of all Americans who give up their citizenship. "These are mainly people who already left the US and just decided they've had enough of everything," Alistair Bambridge, a partner at Bambridge Accountants, told CNN. "What we've seen is people are over everything happening with President Donald Trump, how the coronavirus pandemic is being handled, and the political policies in the US at the...
    The ultimate brag for the uber-rich in these pandemic times? A “safe” passport. Rich people across the globe are now spending millions to buy citizenship in countries like New Zealand, which acted quickly and eradicated COVID-19 before any other country in the world. The South Pacific nation previously reported 80,000 Americans sought out information in May on how to emigrate there — a 65% jump compared to the same time last year. Other areas sparking interest are Caribbean countries, Malta and Australia — all of which offer beautiful beaches, isolation and more bang for the American buck. But it will cost you. To live, work and study in New Zealand, people have to fork over anywhere from $2 million to $10 million, based on what kind of visa you need. For $1.4 million, a married couple can get citizenship to Malta, as long as they also purchased property. And firms...
    LONDON (Reuters) - The UK Supreme Court will examine the case of a British-born woman who went to Syria as a schoolgirl to join Islamic State, after the government appealed against a court decision to allow her to return to Britain to fight for her citizenship. Shamima Begum, who was born to Bangladeshi parents, left London in 2015 when she was 15 and went to Syria via Turkey with two schoolfriends. In Syria, she married an Islamic State fighter and lived in the capital of the violent jihadist group's self-declared caliphate. She was discovered in 2019 in a detention camp in Syria, where three of her children died. Britain stripped her of her citizenship, saying she was a security threat. The Court of Appeal in London ruled on July 16 that Begum should be allowed to return to Britain to challenge that decision, a ruling the government described as "very...
    Getty: "Petronella Ashby, originally from Trinidad, raises her hand as she takes an oath during a naturalization ceremony on July 22, 2020 in New York City." More than 2,200 Pennsylvania immigrants who were part of a class-action lawsuit demanding the Trump administration allow them to take their naturalization oaths after their formal ceremonies were either canceled or not scheduled at all due to the novel coronavirus pandemic should now be able to vote in November.  “The suit was voluntarily dismissed on Tuesday,” The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “after the Philadelphia Field Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) opted to quickly naturalize all of them.” Which means immigration officials always had the ability to ensure that immigrants whose naturalization processes were derailed by office closures could become U.S. citizens, but it took a lawsuit to do it. Philadelphia residents Abdel Wahab Alaussos and Maria Campbell Davis led the lawsuit earlier this summer. “Alaussos was approved for naturalization in March but...
    The difficulties that the coronavirus pandemic has brought, along with the interference of the Trump administration, have caused a delay in completing the 2020 Census questionnaire in Latino areas across the country. “There is a 37% that has not responded yet, and the only way they do it is knocking on the door. This is supposed to start on August 11, ”he said. Arturo Vargas, director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). Vargas along with several leaders, experts in the field of the census participated in a teleconference organized by Ethnic Media Services on the threats that hang over the states and communities at risk of not being counted. Vargas said the success of knocking on doors is going to depend on how far the Census Bureau can deploy a numbered and culturally competent workforce to go to diverse neighborhoods where response rates are very...
    The British government announced Wednesday that it will open a new special pathway to obtaining U.K. citizenship for up to 3 million eligible Hong Kongers, starting January 2021. The change to immigration rules was introduced after China imposed a new, sweeping national security law on Hong Kong. Britain's Home Office said in a statement that holders of the British National Overseas passport and their immediate family members can move to the U.K. to work and study. “Today’s announcement shows the U.K. is keeping its word: We will not look the other way on Hong Kong, and we will not duck our historic responsibilities to its people,” said British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. HONG KONG LEADER CLAIMS NEW NATIONAL SECURITY LAW IS NOT 'DOOM AND GLOOM' DESPITE TIKTOK PULLING OUT In a press conference Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said China might stop recognizing British National Overseas passports as valid travel documents....
    Civil rights defenders accuse the president’s decision is unconstitutional The 2020 Census does not include a question on citizenship. Photo: Justin Sullivan / . In addition to generating severe criticism, the president’s order Donald Trump Excluding undocumented immigrants from the 2020 Census will face legal challenges, just as it did with his intentions to integrate the citizenship question, which was blocked by a Supreme Court decision in 2019. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) He announced that he will refute the memorandum signed by the president this Tuesday, a challenge that the New York Attorney General will also lead in parallel, Letitia James, as announced. ACLU called President Trump’s decision to avoid counting undocumented immigrants clearly intimidating and clearly constitutional. “The Constitution requires that everyone in the US be counted on the census. President Trump cannot choose. He tried to add a citizenship question to the...
    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s government announced Wednesday that it will open a new special pathway to obtaining British citizenship for eligible Hong Kongers from January 2021. In a statement, the Home Office said holders of the British National Overseas passport and their immediate family members can move to the U.K. to work and study. The change to immigration rules was introduced after China imposed a new, sweeping national security law on Hong Kong. Those eligible can access the British job market at any skill level and without a salary threshold, but will not have access to public funds. “The U.K. has a strong historic relationship with the people of Hong Kong and we are keeping our promise to them to uphold their freedoms,” Home Secretary Priti Patel said. Those who come to the UK through the new pathway will be able to apply to settle in Britain permanently once they...
    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s government announced Wednesday that it will open a new special pathway to obtaining British citizenship for eligible Hong Kongers from January 2021. In a statement, the Home Office said holders of the British National Overseas passport and their immediate family members can move to the U.K. to work and study. The change to immigration rules was introduced after China imposed a new, sweeping national security law on Hong Kong. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    LONDON (AP) — Britain to open path to citizenship for eligible people in Hong Kong from January 2021. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    President Donald Trump signed a memorandum Tuesday aiming to exclude the illegal immigrant population from the 2020 census apportionment base used to determine how many House seats each state will have. "For the purpose of the reapportionment of Representatives following the 2020 census, it is the policy of the United States to exclude from the apportionment base aliens who are not in a lawful immigration status," the president wrote in the memo, arguing that the new policy "is more consonant with the principles of representative democracy." Under the new guidelines, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and census officials are directed to provide the president with the total number of undocumented immigrants living in the United States, at which point the president can exclude that number from the apportionment base. The memo argues that the Constitution "does not specifically define which persons must be included in the apportionment base." It...
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