This post from Andy Sundberg is on: THE EVOLUTION OF U.S. CITIZENSHIP LEGISLATION SINCE THE FIRST CONGRESS IN 1789
This is the 5th in a series of posts from Andy Sundberg, Fellow and Secretary of the Overseas American Academy, where he discusses US citizenship taxation and related matters.
The other four have been posted under these titles and located at these links.
As an educational reference source, attached is the latest updated version of the history of U.S. Citizenship Law, from the time it was first adopted by the First U.S. Congress, through all of the subsequent innovations, amendments and court rulings up until today.
Included in this opus are brief summaries of a number of the important efforts that have been made by individual overseas Americans, and overseas American organizations, to try to bring a greater amount of reason, fairness and equity into this difficult legislative domain.
You will also discover that while the United States was a major participant in drafting the UN Declaration of the Rights of a Child, in 1959, it was thereafter very reluctant to ever sign it, and this signature only took place 36 years later in 1995. Signed yes, but still not ratified! As of today, in late February 2012, the United States and Somalia stand alone as the only two remaining countries in the world that have not yet carried out this ratification.
And while we are at it, it is also worth mentioning how truly extraordinary it is that Somalia’s neighbor on the Horn of Africa, Eritrea, also happens to be the only other country in the world that mimics that other highly self-destructive U.S. practice of taxing those living abroad on the basis of their home country citizenship!
Read, enjoy and please share your comments and suggestions on this updated history, because they would be very much appreciated.
All the very best and take care,
Fellow and Secretary
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