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    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...
    PARIS – The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday h, e was in the process of applying for a French passport to maintain his ties with the European Union after Brexit. Stanley Johnson, a former member of the European Parliament who voted Remain in Britain’s 2016 referendum, told RTL radio he wanted to become a French citizen because of strong family links to France. “If I understand it correctly, I am French. My mother was born in France, her mother was totally French as was her grandfather. So for me it is about reclaiming what I already have. And that makes me very happy,” said the 80-year-old Johnson, who was speaking in French. “I will always be a European, that’s for sure. One cannot tell the British people: you are not Europeans. Having a tie with the European Union is important,” he added. His son...
    As Britain prepares to split from the European Union, the father of Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears to be seeking closer ties with the bloc by applying for French citizenship. Stanley Johnson told broadcaster RTL on Thursday that he was in the process of "reclaiming" his French identity. "It is not a question of becoming French. If I understand correctly, I am French. My mother was born in France. Her mother was completely French, as was her grandfather," he told RTL, which said Johnson is putting together a French citizenship request. "So for me it is a question of reclaiming what I already have." UNITED KINGDOM WARNS OF 'BUMPY MOMENTS' DESPITE STRIKING POST-BREXIT TRADE DEAL In this Thursday, March 16, 2017, file photo, Stanley Johnson poses for a portrait as he talks to the Associated Press at the London Book Fair, in London, about his forthcoming thriller based around...
    London (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.Boris Johnson has led Britain into an abyss of overlapping crises at the worst possible time"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...
    LONDON (AP) – As Britain prepares to split from the European Union, the father of Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears to be seeking closer ties with the bloc by applying for French citizenship. Stanley Johnson told broadcaster RTL on Thursday that he was in the process of “reclaiming” his French identity. “It is not a question of becoming French. If I understand correctly, I am French. My mother was born in France. Her mother was completely French, as was her grandfather,” he told RTL, which said Johnson is putting together a French citizenship request. “So for me it is a question of reclaiming what I already have.” The elder Johnson, 80, is a former member of the European Parliament who backed remaining in the EU in Britain´s 2016 membership referendum. He has since expressed support for his son as the prime minister led the UK out of the bloc. Bow...
    As Britain prepares to split from the European Union, the father of Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears to be seeking closer ties with the bloc by applying for French citizenship. Stanley Johnson told broadcaster RTL on Thursday that he was in the process of "reclaiming" his French identity. Stanley Johnson, father of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is seen in Westminster, in London, Britain September 24, 2019. HENRY NICHOLLS / REUTERS "It is not a question of becoming French. If I understand correctly, I am French. My mother was born in France. Her mother was completely French, as was her grandfather," he told RTL, which said Johnson is putting together a French citizenship request. "So for me it is a question of reclaiming what I already have." The elder Johnson, 80, is a former member of the European Parliament who backed remaining in the EU in Britain's 2016 membership referendum....
    LONDON (AP) — As Britain prepares to split from the European Union, the father of Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears to be seeking closer ties with the bloc by applying for French citizenship. Stanley Johnson told broadcaster RTL on Thursday that he was in the process of “reclaiming” his French identity. “It is not a question of becoming French. If I understand correctly, I am French. My mother was born in France. Her mother was completely French, as was her grandfather,” he told RTL, which said Johnson is putting together a French citizenship request. “So for me it is a question of reclaiming what I already have.” The elder Johnson, 80, is a former member of the European Parliament who backed remaining in the EU in Britain’s 2016 membership referendum. He has since expressed support for his son as the prime minister led the U.K. out of the bloc. Once...
    PARIS (Reuters) - The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday he was in the process of applying for a French passport to maintain his ties with the European Union after Brexit. Stanley Johnson, a former member of the European Parliament who voted Remain in Britain's 2016 referendum, told RTL radio he wanted to become a French citizen because of strong family links to France. "If I understand it correctly, I am French. My mother was born in France, her mother was totally French as was her grandfather. So for me it is about reclaiming what I already have. And that makes me very happy," said the 80-year-old Johnson, who was speaking in French. "I will always be a European, that's for sure. One cannot tell the British people: you are not Europeans. Having a tie with the European Union is important," he added. His son Boris...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump was running for reelection, foreign-born U.S. residents were rushing to get their American citizenship before it might be too late. “I didn’t know what would happen if Trump got a second term,” said Victoria Abramowska, who became a citizen in Maine this fall, “after all the crazy things he did already.” Her fears weren’t unfounded. The Trump administration was more hostile to immigration and immigrants than any administration in decades, making it harder for people to visit, live or work in the United States and seeking to reduce the number illegally entering the country. Many of the administration’s immigration actions can be quickly undone by Joe Biden when he becomes president on Jan. 20. Yet Trump’s legacy on immigration won’t be easily erased. Related video: Biden plans sweeping reversal of Trump immigration agenda People were denied the opportunity to apply for asylum and...
    A former Navy intelligence analyst who spent 30 years behind bars for selling U.S. military secrets to Israel, arrived in Israel on Wednesday where he and his wife were granted citizenship by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Jonathan Pollard, 66, triumphantly kissed the ground as he disembarked from the aircraft after it landed in Ben Gurion International airport near Tel Aviv. Jonathan Pollard, left, and his wife Esther sit inside a private plane provided by American casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, on route to land in Ben Gurion International airport near Tel Aviv. (AP) "We are ecstatic to be home at last after 35 years," Pollard said as he and his wife Esther were greeted by Netanyahu. The Israeli leader presented them with Israeli ID cards, granting them citizenship. "You're home," Netanyahu said, reciting a Hebrew blessing of thanks. "What a moment. What a moment." Pollard thanked Netanyahu and the...
    By BEN FOX, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump was running for reelection, foreign-born U.S. residents were rushing to get their American citizenship before it might be too late. “I didn’t know what would happen if Trump got a second term,” said Victoria Abramowska, who became a citizen in Maine this fall, "after all the crazy things he did already.” Her fears weren’t unfounded. The Trump administration was more hostile to immigration and immigrants than any administration in decades, making it harder for people to visit, live or work in the United States and seeking to reduce the number illegally entering the country. Many of the administration's immigration actions can be quickly undone by Joe Biden when he becomes president on Jan. 20. Yet Trump’s legacy on immigration won’t be easily erased. People were denied the opportunity to apply for asylum and returned to dangerous conditions at...
    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Authorities in Cyprus should consider stripping citizenship from a dozen individuals over their alleged involvement in acts of theft and fraud, according to the findings of a probe into 42 foreign nationals who obtained a Cypriot passport in exchange for millions in investments. A redacted, 53-page report from the review of the country’s now-defunct citizenship-for-investment program was published Tuesday. The government released the report compiled by a three-member committee in what it said was a demonstration of its commitment to transparency and amid strong opposition criticism that it was trying to sweep the matter under the carpet. Along with those facing the loss of Cypriot citizenship, another five individuals could face charges for allegedly lying on their applications, the report said. The report detailed how lax vetting procedures allowed some investors to submit incomplete applications or to provide false information. It also illustrated that some...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden's wife has given birth to a son, photographs posted on her social media page on Saturday showed. "Happy Holidays from our newly expanded family," Lindsay Mills wrote, sharing photographs on Instagram of the couple holding the newborn. Snowden, 37, who fled the United States after leaking secret National Security Agency files in 2013 and was given asylum in Russia, said last month that he would be seeking Russian citizenship together with his wife for the sake of their future family. The couple said they feared being separated from their son, in an era of pandemics and closed borders, if they did not become dual U.S.-Russian citizens. Russia has already granted Snowden permanent residency rights, lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said earlier this year, a vital step towards Russian citizenship. U.S. authorities have for years wanted Snowden returned to face a criminal trial on espionage charges...
    'Immigrants take the oath of citizenship to the United States at a naturalization service on January 22, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.' The Trump administration changed the naturalization test to make it harder to pass—and you can see for yourself if you’d be able to pass this newly revised version. The New York Times has created a quiz selecting nine of the questions applicants are possibly asked. “The new test draws from 128 possible questions, up from 100, and prospective citizens now have to answer 12 out of 20 questions correctly in order to pass,” The Times said. “Previously, passing required correctly answering six out of 10 questions.” A top immigration policy expert noted last month that suspicions that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services made the revisions just to trip up applicants were right on the dot.  “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...
    The French government is fast-tracking almost 700 citizenship applications from foreign frontline workers who have distinguished themselves in the battle against COVID-19. "Health care workers, cleaning professionals, childcare workers and store clerks ... They have proved their commitment to the nation. It is now up to the Republic to take a step toward them," said a statement released on Tuesday by French Junior Minister for Citizenship Marlene Schiappa's office. As of Wednesday, France has nearly 2.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 61,702 people had died, according to the French government.  French citizenship applications can take years to complete, and the global pandemic has caused further delays in paperwork processing. In September, as France was bracing for a second wave of the pandemic, the government requested regional officials "facilitate" and "accelerate" the naturalization process for foreign workers who actively participated in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.  In three months, more than...
    The owners of a home in Portland that has become another flashpoint between police and Antifa demonstrators protesting racism and gentrification stopped making loan payments while claiming to be citizens of a country they invented.  The small red house on North Mississippi Avenue has been in the Kinney family for 65 years and has been the site of protests since September, when authorities tried to evict them after the mortgage lapsed. An activist group that organized an eviction blockade that prevented access to the home has since reached an agreement with Mayor Ted Wheeler, it said over the weekend. The fortifications were taken down, according to local news reports. Guards armed with paintball guns said they would allow traffic on Mississippi Avenue to reopen by 6 p.m. Monday, The Oregonian reproted. The Kinney family paid cash for the home but took out a loan against it in 2002 to pay legal...
    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...
    WASHINGTON – The path to citizenship now may be harder as the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services implemented revisions to its naturalization test that went into effect Tuesday. In one of the final moves culminating four years of controversial immigration policies under Donald Trump’s administration, the government is giving a new test that is lengthier, includes topics not covered previously and requires new applicants to correctly answer twice as many questions as the previous test. “It’s an awful, unfair, last-second change in a very sacred process,” said Eric Cohen, executive director of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, an organization that advocates for rights for immigrants and racial justice. “This administration has, for the last nearly four years, tried everything in its power to keep immigrants from coming here legally,” Cohen said. “Once again (it) is trying to throw sand in the gears of any and all immigration processes…making it...
    Monday, the Supreme Court heard the oral argument in the case of Trump v. New York, concerning President Trump’s July 2020 executive memorandum that ordered the Commerce Department to exclude illegal aliens from the census numbers to be used for congressional apportionment. As I have written previously, the wording of Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment makes clear that only “inhabitants” of the country are supposed to be counted when apportioning congressional seats among the states.  However, illegal aliens have been included in apportionment in recent decades. Including illegal aliens makes no sense.  A person who has no legal right to remain in the country has no right to be represented in Congress.  And it makes no sense to count in apportionment someone who can be deported at any moment.   Moreover, including illegal aliens has had the consequence of unfairly rewarding sanctuary states like California with additional seats in...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. legal permanent residents on the path to naturalization will now be required to take a longer and more complex citizenship test.  The new civics test is drawn from 128 questions test takers must be prepared to answer about American history and government, up from 100 questions previously. Anyone who applies for U.S. naturalization after December 1, 2020, must take the new version.  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that administers the country's naturalization and immigration system, announced in 2019 it was improving the naturalization civics test for the first time since 2008. It made the move official last week.  “Updating, maintaining, and improving a test that is current and relevant is our responsibility as an agency in order to help potential new citizens fully understand the meaning of U.S. citizenship and the values that unite all Americans,” Ken Cuccinelli, who was then serving as USCIS acting...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. legal permanent residents on the path to naturalization will now be required to take a longer and more complex citizenship test.  The new civics test is drawn from 128 questions test takers must be prepared to answer about American history and government, up from 100 questions previously. Anyone who applies for U.S. naturalization after December 1, 2020, must take the new version.  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that administers the country's naturalization and immigration system, announced in 2019 it was improving the naturalization civics test for the first time since 2008. It made the move official last week.  “Updating, maintaining, and improving a test that is current and relevant is our responsibility as an agency in order to help potential new citizens fully understand the meaning of U.S. citizenship and the values that unite all Americans,” Ken Cuccinelli, who was then serving as USCIS acting...
    LUIS SUAREZ did 'cheat' on a 'farce' Italian language exam required for obtaining Italian citizenship back in September, a police investigation has found. The Uruguayan arrived at the University of Perugia in order to sit the exam, ahead of his then-mooted move to Juventus from Barcelona. 2Suarez arrived in Perugia to sit the exam in SeptemberCredit: EPA Suarez, 33, passed the exam, before a cheat row erupted. And after more than two months, an investigation has found that Suarez had been 'communicated in advance' the contents of the paper. Three professors and the director of the university, Simone Olivieri, have now been suspended for eight months. The report concludes that they were guilt of: "Coming to predetermine the outcome and the score of the exam, to correspond to the requests that they had been put forward by Juventus, with the aim of achieving a positive return of image, both personal...
    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...
    US coronavirus: The nation has reported its highest one-day Covid-19 death tally: Over 2,800 A pro-Trump student group whose cofounder died from COVID-19 is moving ahead with a massive in-person event in Florida despite surging cases Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon wins NBA Citizenship Award Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon is nicknamed “The President.” © Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images Thankfully, he has put his leadership ability to good use. Professional Basketball Writers Association release: Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon has won the 2019-20 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, as administered and selected by the Professional Basketball Writers Association (PBWA).  Named after the NBA’s second commissioner, the honor is presented annually by the PBWA to a player, coach or athletic trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community. Brogdon was one of five finalists for the 2019-20 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, along with Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday...
    A birth tourism scheme in Long Island, New York, helped secure birthright American citizenship for about 119 anchor babies delivered to Turkish nationals over the last few years, a Department of Justice (DOJ) indictment alleges. The DOJ indictment charges six individuals — Ibrahim Aksakal, indicted co-conspirator #1, Enes Burak Cakiroglu, Sarah Kaplan, Fiordalisa Marte, and Edgar Rodriguez — with operating or participating in a birth tourism scheme that raked in about $750,000 from foreign pregnant women with the promise to secure their children birthright American citizenship. Through the scheme, which allegedly operated between January 2017 and September 2020, those charged would help pregnant women in Turkey fraudulently secure B-1 and B-2 visitor visas to the United States. Once they arrived in the U.S., they would be placed in any one of the seven “birth houses” that the scheme allegedly operated. The pregnant Turkish women would pay a roughly $7,500 fee to those...
    Six Long Island men were charged Wednesday with luring pregnant Turkish women to the United States to give birth so their children would have citizenship — and helping them lie to score free medical benefits. Ibrahim Aksakal, Enes Cakiroglu, Sarah Kaplan, Fordalisa Marte, Edgar Rodriguez and a sixth unnamed defendant who has yet to be apprehended are charged with visa fraud, money laundering and health care fraud for allegedly ripping off Medicaid to the tune of $2.1 million. “The defendants cashed in on the desire for birthright citizenship, and the American taxpayer ultimately got stuck with the $2.1 million bill,” said Acting US Attorney Seth DuCharme for the Eastern District of New York, who announced the unsealing of the indictment at a press conference. “American citizenship is not for sale, and our benefits programs are not piggy banks for criminals to plunder.” More than 100 women paid $7,500 each...
    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...
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    The path to citizenship now may be harder as the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services implemented revisions to its naturalization test that went into effect Tuesday. In one of the final moves culminating four years of controversial immigration policies under President Donald Trump’s administration, the government is giving a new test that is lengthier, includes topics not covered previously and requires new applicants to correctly answer twice as many questions as the previous test. “It’s an awful, unfair, last-second change in a very sacred process,” said Eric Cohen, executive director of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, an organization that advocates for rights for immigrants and racial justice. “This administration has, for the last nearly four years, tried everything in its power to keep immigrants from coming here legally,” Cohen said. “Once again (it) is trying to throw sand in the gears of any and all immigration processes…making it harder...
    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...
    The incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden is planning to reverse many of President Trump’s immigration initiatives, and Biden himself promised to prioritize the type of legislation conservatives have frequently described as amnesty. "Some of it's going to depend on the kind of cooperation I can or cannot get from the United States Congress," Biden said in his first post-election television interview. "But I am going to make a commitment in the first 100 days. I will send an immigration bill to the United States Senate with a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people in America." “Joe Biden said last night he is going to submit an amnesty bill for 15 million immigrants in the first 100 days,” Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican who has emerged as a top Trump ally on immigration, warned on Fox and Friends on Wednesday. “That is probably going to...
    PRESIDENT-elect Joe Biden has been blasted for pushing forward “a pathway to citizenship for over 11million undocumented people" in the United States. Nicole Malliotakis, a newly-elected representative from Staten Island, New York, told Fox News on Wednesday it’s “disheartening that this is his focus.” 6President-elect Joe Biden said once he takes office, he'll work on a 'pathway to citizenship for over 11million undocumented people' in the USCredit: AP:Associated Press “It's not providing relief to the millions of Americans that are struggling right now, during this pandemic,” she said. “It's not ensuring that we help those small businesses that are hanging on by a thread due to government restrictions and mandated shutdowns. “It's not how are we going to get this vaccine distributed to our front-line workers and our most vulnerable across the states.” Malliotakis said it’s “actually a policy that would help the citizens of other countries and not Americans.”...
    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 said Wednesday that his priorities for the first 100 days of his administration will be “a pathway to citizenship” for 11 million illegal immigrants and overturning a number of President Donald Trump’s executive orders which pertain specifically to climate change concerns. “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 Nightly News. “I will also be moving to do away with some of the, I think, very damaging executive orders that have significantly impacted on making the climate worse and making us less healthy, from methane to a whole range of things the president has done [that have] eviscerated the EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency.” (RELATED: ‘Pro-Labor, Pro-Worker Administration’: Labor Leaders Expect Union Resurgence Under A Biden Presidency) During the second presidential debate, Biden emphasized his commitment to...
    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. ...
    LONDON, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — While many British citizens are looking to Citizenship by Investment programmes due to the uncertainty of Covid-19 and Brexit, citizenship experts, CS Global Partners, take a look at the processes and legal implications of one very famous couple who recently made a move abroad. It has been nearly a year since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they would be leaving royal duties and basing themselves in Canada with their infant son. A move which shocked many for a multitude of reasons. However, what about the actual implications of Prince Harry living and working in a country that is not his own? Are both Harry and Meghan legally allowed to hold dual-citizenship? And, what does this mean for their son Archie? Micha Emmett and Paul Singh, CEO and Director of legal advisory firm CS Global Partners take a deeper look. 1. Are Harry and...
    By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia has cancelled the citizenship of an Algerian-born Muslim cleric who was convicted of leading a terrorist cell that planned to bomb a football match in Melbourne in 2005, Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said on Wednesday. Abdul Nacer Benbrika is now the first person to be stripped of his citizenship while still in Australia. "If it's a person who's posing a significant terrorist threat to our country, then we'll do whatever is possible within Australian law to protect Australians," Dutton told reporters in Brisbane. Benbrika was convicted on three terrorism charges. He was jailed for 15 years for directing a terrorist group, being a member of a terrorist group and possessing material associated with planning of a terrorist act. Benbrika remains in an Australian prison despite finishing his sentence. Under Australian law Canberra is permitted to detain anyone convicted of terror offences...
    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...
    President Trump may outlaw birthright citizenship — a long-promised victory for his base — in a last-minute executive order, according to reports. The Department of Justice has been asked to weigh in on the legal implications of an order ending an automatic right to US citizenship for children born on American soil to illegal immigrants and short-term visitors, The Hill reported. The move, one of several executive orders under consideration by the Trump administration in its final weeks, would set up an early immigration headache for President-elect Joe Biden — and could spark a legal fight that conservatives have been spoiling for. The legality of birthright citizenship has been presumed under the language of the 14th Amendment for decades. But it has never been considered by the Supreme Court or confirmed under federal law. The Trump administration imposed visa restrictions on pregnant women in January in an effort to stamp...
    President Trump may outlaw birthright citizenship — a long-promised victory for his base — in a last-minute executive order, according to reports. The Department of Justice has been asked to weigh in on the legal implications of an order ending an automatic right to US citizenship for children born on American soil to illegal immigrants and short-term visitors, The Hill reported. The move, one of several executive orders under consideration by the Trump administration in its final weeks, would set up an early immigration headache for President-elect Joe Biden — and could spark a legal fight that conservatives have been spoiling for. The legality of birthright citizenship has been presumed under the language of the 14th Amendment for decades. But it has never been considered by the Supreme Court or confirmed under federal law. The Trump administration imposed visa restrictions on pregnant women in January in an effort to stamp...
    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...
            by Edward J. Erler  A prominent immigration scholar, David Jacobson, writes that “[t]ransnational migration is steadily eroding the traditional basis of nation-state membership, namely citizenship. As rights have come to be predicated on residency, not citizen status, the distinction between ‘citizen’ and ‘alien’ has eroded. The devaluation of citizenship has contributed to the increasing importance of international human rights codes, with its premise of universal ‘personhood’.” The goal of the Progressive Left is to abolish the classifications of citizens and aliens in favor of what is now known as “universal personhood” for those who might otherwise be called “citizens of the world” if that phrase was not an utter contradiction. A policy of open borders—the abolition of the nation-state—would usher in the era of the universal person; but it would also usher in the era of universal tyranny, or what has been called the “universal homogeneous...
    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 Trump administration has revived discussions around taking executive action targeting birthright citizenship in its final weeks before leaving office, according to two people familiar with the discussions. President TrumpDonald John TrumpRomney on Trump election tactics: 'Difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action' by president New York expands Trump tax fraud investigations to include writeoffs: report Biden promises federal government will pay for National Guard coronavirus work: 'That should be paid for' MORE has spoken throughout his first term about ending birthright citizenship. Drafts of a possible order have been circulating for some time, and there is now internal discussion about finalizing it before the Biden administration takes over in January, sources said. The administration is aware the order would be promptly challenged in court, but officials would hope to get a ruling on whether birthright citizenship is protected under the 14th amendment, according to one source familiar with the plans. Many lawmakers and...
    By Ana Milena Varón LOS ANGELES- The wave of new instructions to immigration agents by the Government of the President Donald Trump It is targeting the petitions of hundreds of immigrants who are at risk of being deported or unable to obtain benefits, experts warn. In the last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have launched new guidelines and regulations that make it difficult for immigrants to successfully get their petitions approved, alerted Efe Fernando Romo, immigration lawyer and main advisor to the Los Angeles Association of Salvadorans (ASOSAL). “They’re basically ordering USCIS officers to dig deeper into the cases, and the discretion of non-approval is increasing so that the negatives outweigh the positives,” Romo explains. “If we do not pay attention to these changes this will cause many immigrants to be at risk,” insists the lawyer....
    Starting next month, a new version of the U.S. citizenship test will require applicants to answer twice as many questions as the current one. Immigration and naturalization experts say the revamped test, which raises the number of questions to 20 from 10, could limit the number of tests done each day and slow down the process. However, test-takers will have to answer only 12 questions correctly to pass, the same pass rate as the old test. “These changes reduce the efficiency of this already struggling agency,” Sarah Pierce, a policy analyst at the Washington, D.C.-based, nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, said, referring to its citizenship application backlog. “The administration is adding hundreds of thousands of more minutes to these naturalization exams.” New U.S. citizens, socially distanced, recite the Pledge of Allegiance outside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services building in Lawrence, Mass., June 4, 2020. (Associated Press) BIDEN'S PICKS FOR TRANSITION...
    PHOENIX, ARIZONA - An updated U.S. citizenship test will require applicants to answer more questions than before and could reduce the number of tests held each day, experts said. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency on Friday announced the updated test now has 128 civics items to study and will require applicants answer 20 questions instead of 10. To pass, applicants must answer 12 correctly, or 60%. That's the same pass rate as before. The new test also removes geography questions and alters prior ones, such as requiring applicants to name three branches of government instead of one. It also changes the answer to a question on whom U.S. senators represent from "all people of the state" to "citizens in their state," which has drawn criticism over its accuracy. Sarah Pierce, a policy analyst at the Washington-based, nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, said that the changes to the naturalization test...
    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. For the updated civics test, immigrants will be instructed to study a collection of 128 potential questions on topics ranging from the structure of the U.S. government and the Constitution, to the...
    PHOENIX (AP) — An updated U.S. citizenship test will require applicants to answer more questions than before and could slow down the number of tests held each day, experts said. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency on Friday announced the updated test now has 128 civics items to study and will require applicants answer 20 questions instead of 10. To pass, applicants must answer 12 correctly, or 60%. That's the same pass rate as before. The new test also removes geography questions and alters prior ones, such as requiring applicants to name three branches of government instead of one. It also changes the answer to a question on who U.S. senators represent from “all people of the state” to “citizens in their state,” which has drawn criticism over its accuracy. Sarah Pierce, a policy analyst at the D.C.-based, nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, said that the changes to the naturalization...
    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...
    PHOENIX (AP) — An updated U.S. citizenship test will require applicants to answer more questions than before and could slow down the number of tests held each day, experts said. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency on Friday announced the updated test now has 128 civics items to study and will require applicants answer 20 questions instead of 10. To pass, applicants must answer 12 correctly, or 60%. That’s the same pass rate as before. The new test also removes geography questions and alters prior ones, such as requiring applicants to name three branches of government instead of one. It also changes the answer to a question on who U.S. senators represent from “all people of the state” to “citizens in their state,” which has drawn criticism over its accuracy. Sarah Pierce, a policy analyst at the D.C.-based, nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, said that the changes...
    "People join together during a ceremony to become American citizens at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony in a Miami Field Office on August 16, 2019 in Miami, Florida." Not satisfied enough with nearly doubling naturalization fees and putting U.S. citizenship out of reach for many immigrants, the Trump administration has set its focus on the citizenship test itself, CNN reports. With just weeks left until the end of impeached president Donald Trump’s administration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials are reportedly finalizing changes lengthening the test, but also making it much harder to pass. CNN reported the test has been changed before, most recently in 2009. What’s outrageous now is officials clearly just want to set up roadblocks. “This administration seems locked into an endless cycle of making the process more difficult,” American Immigration Council policy counsel Aaron Reichlin-Melnick told CNN, “and inevitably discouraging more and more people from seeking citizenship and legal immigration benefits.” CNN...
    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...
    The founder and CEO of a Mountain View technology startup is suing the administration of President Donald Trump over denial of an “extraordinary ability” immigrant visa after being approved for the non-immigrant version. Belgian citizen Martin Zizi founded Aerendir Mobile in 2015, and the Mountain View company has raised millions of dollars in financing and employs 12 people, according to the lawsuit filed against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Aerendir uses biometrics and artificial intelligence to produce data-privacy products. In his career of more than 30 years, Zizi has worked in academia, government and private enterprise, and did post-doctoral work in biodefense for the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, the U.S. Defense Department’s largest biomedical research facility, according to the suit filed Sunday in U.S. District Court in San Jose. Zizi is a former medical chief scientific officer and chairman of the Bioethical...
    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...
    ELK GROVE (CBS13) — It has been a challenging year for everyone and it appears many are ready to throw in the towel and get out of the United States. International Living has seen a 1,605% surge in traffic over the last four months on its website mapping out how to leave the U.S. From the pandemic to a contentious election season, one can only guess at why many may be thinking about packing their bags for good. “I think you’ve got to leave all options open. Maybe a more boring, safer, more vanilla existence is the goal,” said traveler Gavin Caganoff. “No, this is our country. Hopefully, this can turn a table and bring people together instead of apart,” said traveler Russ Jones. “We all get frustrated and say it, ‘I’m gonna move to Canada!’ Well, we’re not welcome in Canada right now,” said Roy Lindahl, owner of Elk...
    (CNN)John Legend took the stage at a rally for Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris Monday night and it was a family outing. Legend's wife, Chrissy Teigen, and their young children appeared on stage together briefly.my speech in support of @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. lets end this national nightmare... https://t.co/xBbh9KdEj4— John Legend (@johnlegend) November 3, 2020 "I want to send a shoutout -- actually, can you come onstage, baby?" he asked. "I want you guys to see, my wife is here. My daughter, Luna, is here. My son, Miles, is here. We're teaching our young people early to participate in their democracy."This was the first public appearance Teigen had made since the recent loss of their son, Jack. "I want to do a special song that I dedicated to my wife a little while ago," he said."I wrote this song as a tribute to our relationship and the fact that...
    BELGRADE (Reuters) - North Macedonia's interior ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that three people who were involved in gun attacks in Vienna overnight in which four people were killed all have dual Austrian and North Macedonian citizenship. All three were born in Austria, the ministry said, naming the three only by initials. (Reporting by Ivana Sekularac and Aleksandar Vasovic; Editing by Alex Richardson) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Europe, Austria
    Rome (CNN Business)Marco Permunian helps Americans acquire Italian passports. Business has never been better, the entrepreneur says. A charged political atmosphere in the United States and the country's coronavirus response has contributed to a surge of interest among Americans who want to claim Italian citizenship, according to Permunian, the founder of Italian Citizenship Assistance (ICA)."I have never seen anything like this in my decade-long career," says Permunian, whose agency helps foreigners obtain Italian passports.Permunian, who has a clientele that is 95% American, says that requests for his service increased by up to 400% compared to last year as the coronavirus pandemic exploded in the United States. That comes on top of increased interest following the divisive 2016 US election."Currently, we have a team of more than 60 people working in our firm, in both our Italian and US offices," he says. In order to keep up with demand, his agency...
    It looks like Russian autocrat Vladmir Putin is finally making the adoption of his stray pet official: Edward Snowden announced Sunday that he plans to apply for Russian citizenship. The former National Security Agency contractor, who stole vast amounts of top-secret data, then fled first to China, then Russia, has been hiding out in Moscow for seven years to avoid standing trial on espionage charges in America. He downloaded an estimated 1.5 million documents, including info that would allow the recipients to avoid NSA surveillances, according to one of his press confidantes. No wonder Putin shields him. His girlfriend joined him in 2014; they married in 2017 and are expecting a son who’ll be a Russian citizen by birthright. That’s Snowden’s rationale now: He says he fears being separated from his newborn (by who?) if their citizenships aren’t the same. Russia recently eased its citizenship laws, removing the requirement that...
    (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...
    SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The head of the agency handling citizenship and visa applications was surprised when he faced blowback for cutting a reference to the U.S. being a "nation of immigrants" in its mission statement. The son of a Peruvian immigrant added language about "protecting Americans" instead.L. Francis Cissna argued that America is indisputably a nation of immigrants but that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' mission statement wasn't the place to say so. Joseph Edlow, who now oversees the agency, said he hasn't thought about the 2018 kerfuffle, but it crystallized for many how the Trump administration has changed the government's approach to legal immigration.USCIS, established with the Department of Homeland Security in 2003, is emphasizing fraud detection, enforcement and vetting those seeking to work, live or become U.S. citizens. Applicants, attorneys and employees call it overkill, while immigration critics say it's overdue. New Trump administration rules range from...
    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 (CNN)Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has announced that he and his wife are applying for Russian citizenship while also keeping their US nationalities. "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," Snowden said in a tweet posted early Monday.Last week, Snowden's wife, Lindsay Mills, announced the couple is expecting their first child."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," Snowden said. Snowden recently obtained a permanent residency permit in Russia, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told state-run news agency RIA Novosti last month. Read MoreSnowden is accused of espionage and...
    Whistleblower Edward Snowden, who was given permanent residency by Russia, says he and his wife are seeking dual US-Russian citizenship so they can raise their son and visit family. Snowden, a former CIA contractor who leaked classified data about mass surveillance of US citizens in 2013 from the National Security Agency, has been living in exile in Moscow since then to avoid being tried in the US on espionage charges. His wife, Lindsay Mills, an American who has been living with him in Russia, said last week that they are expecting a child who will be born next month 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 US-Russian citizenship,” Snowden said on Twitter Monday. “Lindsay and I will remain Americans,...
    US whistleblower Edward Snowden and his wife are applying for Russian citizenship in order not to be separated from their future son in an era of pandemics and closed borders, he said today. Snowden's wife, Lindsay, is expecting a child in late December, the RIA news agency cited Anatoly Kucherena, his Russian lawyer, as saying. 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 US National Security Agency where he was a contractor. He is wanted in the US on espionage charges after he leaked information showing that agents from the NSA were collecting telephone records from millions of US citizens.   '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...
    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
    By ELLIOT SPAGAT and SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — The head of the agency handling citizenship and visa applications was surprised when he faced blowback for cutting a reference to the U.S. being a “nation of immigrants” in its mission statement. The son of a Peruvian immigrant added language about “protecting Americans” instead. L. Francis Cissna argued that America is indisputably a nation of immigrants but that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' mission statement wasn't the place to say so. Joseph Edlow, who now oversees the agency, said he hasn’t thought about the 2018 kerfuffle, but it crystallized for many how the Trump administration has changed the government's approach to legal immigration. USCIS, established with the Department of Homeland Security in 2003, is emphasizing fraud detection, enforcement and vetting those seeking to work, live or become U.S. citizens. Applicants, attorneys and employees call it overkill, while immigration...
    SAN DIEGO —  San Diegan Alfredo De Jesus applied to become a U.S. citizen toward the beginning of 2020 — as soon as he was eligible. He thought his application would be processed in plenty of time to vote in this year’s election. But he’s still waiting. De Jesus is among many citizens-to-be whose applications stalled in large part because of COVID-19. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency responsible for processing naturalizations, shuttered at the beginning of the pandemic for several months and is still working to catch up. De Jesus said he feels frustrated and disappointed. “People like me, we have been really getting ready for becoming a U.S. citizen in order for us to be heard, to do what is supposed to be our obligation or responsibility,” De Jesus said, “but because of this pandemic, now we’re not going to be part of this big event.” At...
    The Washington Post releases documentary, “America’s pandemic: Decades of warnings and a failed response” A New Website Tracks Broken McFlurry Machines, Because Weve All Been Heartbroken Before Woman Realizes American Dream Of Citizenship, Votes For 1st Time GREENPORT, NY — The journey to the voting booth took Aura Ochoa more than 30 years and encompassed a journey marked by struggle. © Courtesy Aura Ochoa. Auro Ochoa's journey to the United States spanned 30 years and much hardship, but she said it all fades in the face of the pride she feels at earning her citizenship. Ochoa, 52, officially became an American citizen last week and when she votes on November 3 in the election, it will be her first time, despite having lived in the United States for decades. Load Error Her story of leaving El Salvador — and her cherished children — in order to create a...
    (CNN)Here's some background information about the census, a count of US residents that takes place every 10 years. The Census Bureau is part of the Department of Commerce.Most recent population information.2010 Census - US population - 308,745,538, a 9.7% increase from 20002000 Census - US population - 281,421,906Other FactsRead MoreThe census is mandated by the US Constitution. "The actual enumeration shall be made within three years after the first meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent term of 10 years, in such manner as they shall by Law direct." - Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution of the United States.Census results determine how federal funds are distributed to localities. The data helps determine the number of seats states have in the US House of Representatives.Timeline1790 - The first census is conducted by US marshals and their assistants at a cost of $44,000. The population...