The above tweet references an earlier comment on this vitally important question.
The purpose of this post is to continue hammering away at this very narrow issue/question.
Does the United States have the right to deem a person born outside the United States to be a U.S. citizen? Can the United States forcibly impose citizenship on a person NOT born in the United States?
To be more specific, I understand that the United States has the right to offer U.S. citizenship to anybody who it wants. The question is whether the United States can force a person (who has not accepted U.S. citizenship) to be a U.S. citizen. Given that the United States is “Hunting For Citizens Abroad”, this is an important question. I have written on this topic before here and here.
This is an attempt to explore the question
form from the possible perspectives of: Congress, the State Department, U.S. Courts and legal scholars. I then conclude by asking the questions of whether:
– those unknowingly registered as U.S. citizens by parents should have the right to “reject” U.S. citizenship; and
– whether any forcible imposition of U.S. citizenship on the citizens of other countries could be a violation of international law.
Here we go …