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Trump administration ending automatic citizenship for US troops' children born abroad

Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the change on a page on its website, declaring it a USCIS Policy Manual Update.

Some children born overseas to US service members, State Department or other USA officials will no longer be automatically granted the residency status needed to be considered USA citizens, the government agency responsible for registering them confirmed Wednesday.

The new guidance applies only to a small group of children born overseas and does not affect children who are citizens at birth or who have already acquired citizenship.

In other words, if you are a USA citizen and career military and you and your family are stationed in Germany, and your baby is born at, say, the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, which is entirely owned and operated by the United States military, that baby is not automatically considered a US citizen?

DOD also clarifies the policy appears to primarily affect the children of naturalized US citizens serving in the armed forces that have not lived in the USA for a required period of time.

Among those who will have to apply for citizenship are parents whose children were not born as US citizens, including for example, USA parents of adopted children born to non-citizens and parents who were not citizens at the time of their child's birth, but have since been naturalized.

The Trump administration said Wednesday that the children of some US military members and government employees working overseas will no longer automatically be considered United States citizens. To obtain citizenship, these parents must apply for citizenship on their child's behalf, by filling out a form and meeting other requirements.

Officials said the existing policy conflicts with State Department guidance and a 2008 law, leading to confusion when issuing citizenship decisions.

USCIS says it issued the new guidance because its previous policy conflicted with guidance issued by the State Department.

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2/3) The policy update doesn't deny citizenship to the children of United States gov employees or members of the military born overseas.

Cristobal Ramon, senior policy analyst at the Bipartisan Policy Center explains that under the previous policy, children of those affected by the new policy will be considered to be both living in and outside of the us for purposes of eventually gaining citizenship.

"Folks who are going insane rt now in the media, no changes have been made to citizenship", Cuccinelli tweeted.

Margaret Wong, a Cleveland immigration lawyer with an worldwide client base, said she thought few citizen parents would be affected by the policy.

The change is causing consternation within the US military. But she said those that could fall under it should try to have their children born in the United States.

During the phone call, USCIS officials stressed that the new policy in no way negates birthright citizenship. "Trump's administration is saying that when active members of OUR OWN MILITARY give birth while they are deployed overseas, their children are not considered US citizens". "This also appears to be an initial step towards ending birthright citizenship, something which the president has threatened to do-and which would be unconstitutional".

Children of servicemembers were considered residing in the United States under INA 320 and also residing outside of the United States under INA 322, Marilu Cabrera, a spokeswoman with USCIS, wrote in an email.

The Center for Immigration Studies, which seeks to limit immigration, praised the policy, however, the military community did not take it as kindly.

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