Interesting to see the various responses to the new bill on how it will affect renunciations.
@Eric: you quote Simon Black saying: “More importantly, this bill is also a major deterrent for people who are thinking about renouncing US citizenship today. The passage of this law will undoubtedly cause many people who were considering expatriation to abandon the idea altogether as the thought of being permanently barred from entry is too much to bear.”
@Gabriel says: “Previously I was conflicted about renouncing. I have no need of my citizenship, but it seemed foolish to close a door unnecessarily. Now the message is loud and clear – get out while you still can.”
Both are undoubtedly true. This will cause major anguish to people whose future will be profoundly altered by this bill in ways they are utterly unable to predict. Even the threat of banishment is cruel and unusual punishment. It has placed many many people, myself included, at a clear fork in the road of our lives.
I hear tell that many conservatives are furious about the bill and are letting Boehner know it. If he backs off his support for the bill, it won’t pass. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all just put this catastrophe behind us and go back to the mere nightmare we were living in a few days ago?
Your thoughts and comments?