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happyslug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-08-03 04:30 PM
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10. There is a problem, people may not KNOW they have dual citizenship.
First the US is a country that sets Citizenship by birth inside the Country or by the naturalization process. Other countries determines their citizenship by Ethnicity, even if you never been to the country. For example When My Local Judge (O'Kicki) was convicted of corruption (He was selling shorter sentences for money) as part of his bail before trial he had to turn in his US Passport. On his conviction he drove up to Canada and took a flight to Slovenia (Where his grandparents had been born) and as a person of Slovenia decent, he was a citizen of that Country and did not need his passport to enter.

I believe Mexico has a similar law (i.e. a person of Mexican descent is a citizen of Mexico even if his or her' family had not been in Mexico for generations. Germany had a similar situation, after the fall of the former USSR, persons of German decent who had lived in Russia since the time of Peter the Great, moved back into Germany, even through none had lived in Germany for almost 300 years (This is similar to Israels right of return i.e. any person of Jewish extraction may enter Israel and claim the right to live there)

A variation of this was during WWII any American Soldier whose parents were German born, if captured by the Germans, were subject to be convicted of TREASON for baring arms against "their" Country (i.e. Germany) even if the Soldier had been born in the US and thus a US Citizen by birth. I had a professor in College who talked about traveling through Europe in 1939 with a friend of his. The friends parents had been born in Germany, he crossed the German Border and was drafted right into the German Army as a German Citizen (After the War he returned to the US where he was arrested for not reporting to his draft board, remember he was a US Citizen also).

Thus it is easy to have dual citizenship, sometime without even knowing it.
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