Letter to the Editor: More questions on Haglelgam’s published opinion on dual citizenship
- Category: Opinion
- Published: Friday, 10 March 2017 13:11
- Written by Vidalino Raatior
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I have questions and thoughts on Mr. Haglelgam’s letter published in the previous issue of The Kaselehlie Press:
1) Under what terms or provisions of the Compact or the US Public does it state that COFA citizens are “not eligible to apply for naturalization to become US citizens” as John claims? Without proper citations of the relevant laws or provisions, Iʻm afraid I canʻt just take Johnʻs words for it even as respectable a leader as he is as a former president of our nation.
2) What type of “visa” is he referencing for COFA citizens to apply for to enter the US when we only need our passports to enter the US? I know that citizens of other non-COFA nations have to apply for a travel visa to come to the US. Is he using that kind of scenario to mislead COFA citizens?
It seems like Mr. Haglelgam is stretching the US pledge of allegiance and misinterpreting it for COFA citizens to discourage dual citizenship. Dual citizenship means a person is a citizen of TWO (dual) countries which means a person can be 100% a US citizen and 100% citizen of another country. One does not diminish the other; they can co-exist.
The US does in fact allow dual citizenship. Right now the following countries ALSO allow for dual citizenship. According to an immigration law firm (http://dlgimmigration.com/united-states-citizenship/ list-of-countries-that-allow-or-disallow-dual-citizenship/), the following developed countries allow for dual citizenship (Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Bangladesh, Canada, Cyprus, United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, South Korea, South Africa (requires permission), Egypt (requires prior permission), Greece, France, Finland, Germany (requires prior permission), Iraq, Italy, Israel, Ireland, Hungary, Iceland, Sweden, Slovenia, Syria, Serbia, Armenia, Lebanon, Malta, Spain (allowed only with certain Latin American countries), Tonga, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka (by retention), Pakistan (accepts only with 16 countries), Portugal, Turkey (requires permission)) which means that their citizens can hold citizenship in the US and theirs.
Why shouldnʻt citizens of the FSM have the same opportunity to pledge allegiance to the US as well as the FSM?