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We Must Tackle the Financial Barriers to U.S. Citizenship

Keith Mestrich | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Keith Mestrich

One in five immigrants points to the costs associated with the process as the main reason they cannot finish becoming a citizen. For millions of legal immigrants, the financial costs to finish the citizenship process are just too prohibitive.

Feds Raid Alleged 'Maternity Tourism' Hotels That Help Pregnant Foreign Women Give Birth In U.S.

Reuters | Steve Gorman | Posted 03.03.2015 | Crime

LOS ANGELES, March 3 (Reuters) - Federal agents raided about 20 Southern California locations on Tuesday suspected of involvement in "maternity touris...

New Arizona Law Requires Students To Pass Civics Test

AP | BOB CHRISTIE | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona became the first state in the nation on Thursday to enact a law requiring high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship t...

Is Living Abroad Really All It's Cracked up to Be?

Julie Gray | Posted 11.29.2014 | Impact
Julie Gray

Nothing shakes up your life like moving thousands of miles away from everyone you know and everything your life was about. It's a serious control-alt-delete move. But is it really all that great?

How This Woman Went From Undocumented Immigrant To Tech Influencer

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.19.2014 | Latino Voices

Despite being one or the leading voices in the tech world, Laura Gómez didn't always have such a strong foundation. Before she was the co-founder ...

Where's Home?

Stanley Ely | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Stanley Ely

Imagine, if I have a dozen kids in my small universe who are diligent and potential assets to this country, how many there are across the U.S. Where they will be in a few years is a scary question.

Are Gamers Athletes? The U.S. Government Thinks So.

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.16.2013 | Technology

For those who argue gamers aren't athletes, take a look at what just happened to South Korean gamer Kim "ViOLet" Dong Hwan. The 23-year-old "Starcr...

What's Love Got To Do With U.S. Citizenship?

Posted 11.18.2013 | Black Voices

It appears America is about to officially lose one of its celebrated music icons to a foreign country. The Washington Post reports that longtime Sw...

Veterans Day for New Americans

William J. vanden Heuvel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William J. vanden Heuvel

We are all here because America is the land where we believe, as the Founding Fathers wrote, that "we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights and among those rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." That is the definition of America that each generation is challenged to understand, to advance, to make real.

Muslims Are Being Blacklisted, ACLU Says

AP | AMY TAXIN | Posted 08.22.2013 | Religion

LOS ANGELES -- A government program to screen immigrants for national security concerns has blacklisted some Muslims and put their U.S. citizenship ap...

Christina Wilkie

More Americans Decide Not To Be American

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The number of individuals who renounced their U.S. citizenship jumped to 1,131 in the second quarter of this year, a whopping sixfold in...

Atheist Approved For Citizenship After Flap Over Non-Religious Opposition To War

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

Margaret Doughty, an atheist and legal resident whose application for U.S. citizenship was nearly rejected this month over her non-religious oppositio...

Atheist Seeking Citizenship Told She Must First Join Church

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

UPDATE 6/20 -- Margaret Doughty received notice on Thursday that her application for citizenship had been approved. EARLIER: Margaret Doughty, a...

The Immigrant Economic Stimulus: Nannies and Gardeners

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo | Posted 07.15.2013 | Latino Voices
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo

As the legislative drive to achieve comprehensive immigration reform gets underway in the Senate, some critics of the effort worry that legalization will flood the job market with low-skilled immigrants, dragging down the U.S. economy.

Immigrants: What to Expect When You're Expecting a Legal Status?

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Hani Almadhoun

Members of Congress and the president are working toward giving illegal immigrants a legal status. But what will it take for an immigrant 'illegals' or otherwise to becoming an American?

Suspected 'Maternity Hotel' Uncovered In California

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 12.03.2012 | Small Business

A residence in Chino Hills, Calif., is suspected of operating as a maternity hotel, where expectant Chinese mothers can allegedly pay thousands of dol...

Catherine New

New IRS Rules Convince Some Americans To Ditch Passports

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 11.09.2012 | Money

In 2005, Richard Morrison made a major life change. He moved from the sunny climate of San Diego to the chillier environs of London. It was a good mov...

The Government Has to Do A Much Better Job If It Wants to Deport Me

Prerna Lal | Posted 08.14.2012 | Latino Voices
Prerna Lal

With my entire family here, I'm not sure where I'm supposed to go. Due to the ten year bar for unlawful presence, if I leave the U.S., I cannot come back for ten years. Those who ask me to "go to the back of the line" should know that I'm in three different lines.

Hearkening Back to the USSR

Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar

The U.S. must make itself attractive to its citizens, rather than penalize them for wanting to leave for more attractive destinations like Singapore.

So Eduardo Saverin Wants to Be a Singapore Citizen?

Kirsten Han | Posted 07.14.2012 | World
Kirsten Han

Honestly, whether Saverin becomes a Singapore citizen or not makes very little difference to the average Singaporean. His life here is so vastly different from ours that he might as well be living on Mars.

Facebook Co-Founder May Have Sidestepped Taxes By Dropping U.S. Citizenship

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 05.11.2012 | Business

One of Facebook's billionaire co-founders may have found a way to sidestep taxes on the money he’ll get when the social network goes public later th...

Just In Time For IPO Tax Break: Facebook Co-Founder Renounces U.S. Citizenship

TechCrunch | Posted 05.11.2012 | Technology

Well that’s some slick timing. Eduardo Saverin, who is best known for co-founding Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg back in their college days at Harvar...

How DREAMers Made Me Reconceptualize My Citizenship

Laura E. Enriquez | Posted 06.09.2012 | Home
Laura E. Enriquez

One way of re-framing citizenship, while radical, could be to associate formal citizenship with citizen-like action or civic engagement. What if we assigned citizenship based on one's actions rather than something a person cannot control?

WATCH: Lifesaving Surgeon Handed Citizenship By Immigration Officer Patient

AP | TAMARA LUSH | Posted 05.14.2012 | Miami

TAMPA, Fla. — An otherwise routine citizenship ceremony was extra special Wednesday for a Florida immigration officer who presented a naturaliza...

US Puts A New Price On Passports And Citizenzhip

AP | By MATTHEW LEE | Posted 02.03.2012 | Travel

WASHINGTON -- U.S. citizenship is priceless to some, worthless to others. But now the State Department has a dollar figure: U.S. citizenship is worth ...