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Friday, March 17, 2006

When a U.S. Citizen Is Not an American

Dual citizenship is divided loyalty.

As the furor over the warrantless wiretapping of U.S. citizens by the National Security Agency continues, liberals are stentorian in condemning this supposed outrage. But their objections are partly based on the naive belief that if someone is a U.S. citizen his loyalty to America should not be questioned.

In fact, such a belief is not only naive, but it also completely ignores a widespread practice among today's immigrants. This is the practice of dual citizenship (or dual nationality), where naturalized immigrants keep their native citizenship as well as U.S. citizenship. This duplicitous practice by immigrants of having two citizenships is hardly mentioned in public debates. But in this age of terrorists masquerading as nice guys, dual citizenship should be a prominent national security issue.

There are no official statistics of dual citizens, but naturalization numbers over the last thirty years indicate that there are some 15 million U.S. citizens today who are either dual citizens or are eligible to hold dual citizenship. That is a lot of people with potentially conflicting loyalties.

Despite all the politically correct nonsense about immigrants, there is a simple question that will get to the heart of the matter -- if someone was truly loyal to America, why would he keep another citizenship?

Why indeed?

However, to many immigrants today, U.S. citizenship is not an object of patriotism. To these people, U.S. citizenship means the convenience of having a U.S. passport that enables them to come and go without worrying about immigration problems. Though on paper they are U.S. citizens, in practice they are foreigners...

They refuse to assimilate, following customs that are clearly incompatible with Western traditions. In other words, they may be U.S. citizens, but they are not Americans.

How is this possible?

Due to liberalization of naturalization rules, the burden of proof of the loyalty of intending citizens is very low. Other than taking the naturalization oath, which has now become rather perfunctory, immigrants are not required to provide cogent proof of their loyalty to America...

Obviously unacceptable and clearly dangerous to the United States:

For terrorists and their sympathizers, U.S. citizenship is a powerful tool. It gives them unabridged rights of access to the country, not to mention the right to work in sensitive installations such as nuclear plants, defense facilities, etc. To those who are intent on destroying America from within, obtaining U.S. citizenship is a critical step. To them, it is a clever subterfuge that wards off suspicion.

It gets worse:

From the beginning, dual citizenship is a contradiction. For, before you can become an American citizen, you must take the oath of naturalization, which says: "I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty...."

The language of the oath is clear. Therefore, to allow people to turn around and retain their former citizenship is a gigantic mockery of the oath.

On its website the State Department says, "The U.S. Government recognizes that dual nationality exists but does not encourage it as a matter of policy because of the problems it may cause....However, dual nationals owe allegiance to both the United States and the foreign country."

In other words, the naturalization oath does not mean a thing.

Moreover, dual citizens can legally possess a U.S. passport and a passport from the other country at the same time. And they can vote in foreign elections. Worse, they can even hold public offices in both countries.

An individual with parents who hold citizenship in separate countries and born in a third country can hold tri-citizenship. Is the practice of dual, or even multiple, citizenship a furtherance of an agenda for discarding a national identity in favor of a world central government?


  • At Sun Mar 19, 04:11:00 AM PST, Anonymous Warner said…

    One positive aspect of dual citizenship is the government's option of deporting a naturalised citizen if their sworn allegiance is shown to be perfidious.I believe our government here in Australia is considering making all prospective applicants for citizenship retain their previous status for just that reason.

  • At Tue Mar 21, 09:53:00 AM PST, Blogger Cubed © said…

    Great piece, Eleanor. The whole "oath-as-mere-ornament" thing has been a thorn in my side for a very long time.


    Australia often seems to be giant steps ahead of us. I'm kinda jealous...

    I wish we would 1) take the oath of naturalization seriously, and deport all those who are disingenuous, and 2) recognize that it is contrary to Islamic belief that one can be loyal to a constitution made by man, but can only be loyal to Allah and his literal dictated word, the Koran (and by extension, shariah).



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