Saturday, June 24, 2006

Texas Republican ignorance

Dovbear, in a recent post

complained that the Texas Republican Party, in their current platform

called the United States a “Christian nation”. While I do object to that, there is a lot more in that document that indicates their ignorance and misdirection. It will keep us liberal bloggers busy for months! So today I start with one of the relatively minor examples of ignorance:

On page 21, the Texas Republicans support “requiring naturalized citizens to renounce their native citizenship and surrender their foreign passport;”

Well, there are several problems with this. First of all, the naturalization oath currently required of all new citizens already requires that:

The oath says in part, “I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen.”

I guess the Texas Republicans either don’t use the Internet or didn’t have one minute for a Google search to find the current citizenship requirements.

A second problem is that the foreign passports are not the property of the would-be citizen; they are the property of that person’s country of origin. (Read your own passport if you don’t believe me.) Other countries will not likely be amused at the seizure of their property without their permission.

A third problem, which is probably what the Republicans are upset about, is that a lot of folks who become US Citizens retain citizenship in their country of origin despite taking the oath. How can this happen? The answer is that there are a lot of countries don’t allow their citizens to renounce their citizenship and consider the US citizenship oath to be irrelevant. For many, they consider it a way to dodge taxes or military service. I have actually met people who can not return to their countries of origin because they will be arrested as draft dodgers. Other countries, such as Canada, simply adopted a rule that once a citizen, always a citizen. Sort of like Judaism. Once a member of the Jewish people, by birth or conversion, you can’t get out of it! You are always a member of the tribe. And of course most US Citizens who make aliyah to Israel keep their US Citizenship and passports. I guess the Texas Republicans wouldn’t like that, either.


Blogger Ezzie said...

I have to agree with you on all that. The renouncing of citizenship is a terrible requirement, though I could see a reason for exception in cases where we are at war or they are considered otherwise hostile. I don't think Mexico is that, however.

6/27/2006 1:33 AM  
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