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Senate: Don't Mess With Birthright Citizenship

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

We've recently urged members of the U.S. Senate to reject an amendment, proposed by Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, which has scheduled for floor action on Monday. Here's why.

15 Years in Prison for a Poem! Welcome to Qatar

Elham Manea | Posted 03.13.2015 | World
Elham Manea

He wrote a poem. Recited it in his apartment to a group of seven people. Unknown to him, the poem was recorded and uploaded on YouTube. That was in 2011. Now he sits in prison in Qatar, serving a prison sentence of 15 years!

Whoops! The Department of Justice Admits That It Misunderstood U.S. Citizenship Law

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics
Laura Murray-Tjan

The DOJ has the authority to issue deportation orders. In a recent decision, the DOJ admitted that it has been misinterpreting certain citizenship statutes since 2008. As a consequence, DOJ officers have been incorrectly ordering U.S. citizens deported. What will the government do about U.S. citizens who already were mistakenly deported?

A Wake-Up Call for American Millennials: What Chapel Hill Should Teach Us About Citizenship

Adham Sahloul | Posted 02.18.2015 | Chicago
Adham Sahloul

Deah, Yusor and Razan are not to be simply lionized as exceptions to put on a pedestal for us to mourn and then forget. They are to be viewed as the standard and standard-bearers of what it means to be citizens, both in a global and local sense.

Nima Habashneh: A Woman Who Fought for Equal Rights in Jordan

Rana F. Sweis | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Rana F. Sweis

"It's easier to fight cancer than to fight an archaic mindset." Those were Nima Habashneh's last words on camera before she passed away this week. The 55-year-old Jordanian spent her last decade fighting for the rights of Jordanian women to pass on their citizenship to their spouses and children.

Citizenship Deficit Disorder: A Failure of Education, Expertise and Experience

Frank Islam | Posted 02.04.2015 | Education
Frank Islam

The United States of America is suffering from a serious and potentially fatal case of Citizenship Deficit Disorder. This disorder is due to the failure of our educational system and the cumulative lack of experience and expertise of the American citizenry.

Give All Americans a Mandatory Civics Exam

Steven Kurlander | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Steven Kurlander

Think about it. We rarely discuss or even ponder what it means to be an American in our daily lives. When was the last time you sat down and said to yourself, or thought for a moment, or even said in a prayer: "Thank God that I am American"?

Portugal Approves Citizenship Plan For Sephardic Jews

AP | BARRY HATTON | Posted 01.31.2015 | Religion

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Five centuries after burning thousands of Jews at the stake, forcing them to convert to Christianity or expelling them, Port...

Once and for All: Let's Lose the Loose Talk About Who Is and Isn't American

The OpEd Project | Posted 03.14.2015 | Teen
The OpEd Project

It's been nearly a year since Fox News personality Laura Ingraham tried to float the false idea that Puerto Ricans are not just as American as the rest of us.

Real Americans

Christopher Holshek | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

One of NFL Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcell's more oft-used quotes is: "You are what your record says you are." That doesn't just apply to sports teams. Team America's record of late has not been of the champion of the values we say define who we are and what we're about. Our record says more about our real identity more than the one we imagine.

U.S. Needs to Claim Justin Bieber (Before Putin Does)

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 02.16.2015 | Comedy
Benjamin Rubenstein

Mr. Bieber obtained an O-1 nonimmigrant visa in order to temporarily remain in the United States. To qualify for an O-1 visa he just had to demonstrate distinction: a degree of skill and recognition substantially above that ordinarily encountered. Lucky for him, Randy Jackson was his adjudicator.

The Poetry of Politics, the Politics of Poetry: On Claudia Rankine's Citizen

Dean Rader | Posted 02.10.2015 | San Francisco
Dean Rader

The most talked about book of American poetry of 2014 is Claudia Rankine's Citizen. In fact, it is hard to think of a book of poems in recent memory that has received more acclaim.

Undocumented at Harvard: Grieving Across Borders

Lisette Candia | Posted 02.08.2015 | College
Lisette Candia

As an undocumented individual I constantly exist in two worlds, only one of which recognizes me as a citizen.

Employment, Not Immigration Reform

Brian Ross | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Brian Ross

Republicans, angry about the undocumented "streaming" across our borders, could turn the flow of immigrants off tomorrow by passing real reform. No, not our immigration laws, but our employment law.

A Great Recipe for Positive Social Change: Mix One Young Entrepreneur With a Team of Volunteers

Bill Reese | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Bill Reese

Those who have gotten their hands dirty planting trees or mentoring underserved youth are far more likely to be actively engaged citizens throughout their lives. They will be the ones who will sign petitions, lead protests, give voice to the voiceless, and simply refuse to sit on the sidelines. That's a pretty big "win-win."

Reflections on a Hospital Stay

Cathy Cha | Posted 01.08.2015 | Impact
Cathy Cha

As the immigration debate rages on in Washington, it is easy to forget what's really at stake. We watch the talking heads make their tit-for-tat arguments about border security, and meanwhile we lose sight of the larger story -- the story of what immigrants do for this country, and how they make us better and stronger as a nation.

My Wife, the Model American Citizen

Christopher Phillips | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

To my wife, and surely to most if not all of those giving their oath of citizenship, "civic literacy" of the sort she and all naturalized U.S. citizens have to demonstrate is at the core of setting an American free.

Arizona 'Birther Bill' Comes Back To Haunt GOP Candidate

The Huffington Post | Diane Jeanty | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics

In an interview Sunday, state Rep. Michele Reagan (R), who is running to be Arizona's secretary of state, refused to explain why she voted for a "birt...

The Latest in Progressive Ideas at Election Time

Peter Alexander Meyers | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Peter Alexander Meyers

The conscience of the people, in a time of grave national problems, should call into being a new party, born of the Nation's awakened sense of justice, dedicated to maintain government of the people, by the people and for the people.

If You Are Born on an International Flight, What Citizenship Do You Have?

Quora | Posted 11.25.2014 | Travel
Quora

It's actually not that murky of a question. Keep in mind that before we had planes, we had ships (which were slower and thus way more likely to be the setting of a child's birth).

Democracy at Work -- the Scottish Referendum and Beyond

Harry Boyte | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Harry Boyte

In most people's minds, "democracy" means elections. The citizen's role is to be an informed voter. Most discussions of Scotland's referendum assume that the moment of vibrant democracy is over. But there are some like Whitman who see much greater promise in democracy.

Save Our Juries, Save Our Constitution

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

When jurors receive that summons in the mail, they believe the court commanded them to attend, not the Constitution. Such a reality inverts role that juries were expected to play. Citizens have lost the sense that jury duty is constitution duty, and that "we the people" are responsible for our government.

On Constitution Day, 4 Million Still 'Separate and Unequal'

Neil Weare | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Neil Weare

Today, the U.S. Constitution celebrates its 227th birthday. For more than half those years -- 115 to be exact -- residents of overseas U.S. territories have been denied full and equal membership as part of We the People. Now it is time to recognize that these citizens deserve to be treated as full and equal members of We the People.

'Citizen Gino' May Retire His Race and Gay Cards

Christopher Murray | Posted 11.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Murray

Friends attend Chi-Ming "Gino" Kuo's swearing-in ceremony as a United States citizen at Manhattan's United States Southern District Court on Aug. 22 w...

Citizenship Revoked, Entry Denied: Citizen to Uncitizen

Samia Errazzouki | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
Samia Errazzouki

Imagine for a moment that anytime you intend to go back to your country of origin, you must prepare a statement, inform human rights organizations, and confront the uncertainty of either being denied entry, arrested or deported. For Bahraini human rights defender Maryam Al-Khawaja, imagination is not necessary -- this is her reality.