May 20, 2013 (AP)
In 1959, nearly 5,000 Japanese-Americans had their U.S. citizenship restored after renouncing it during World War II.
Fosters Daily Democrat
What captured my interest in this little piece of history, is the common argument that an individual who renounces U.S. citizenship may never again be a U.S. citizen and that there are only one or two rare situations where such was not the case. Not so. Of course, one who renounces US citizenship might never want to be a US citizen. However, all is relative and times change. Nothing is consistent. Currently, it is just as American-patriotic to renounce US citizenship, under the given circumstances, as it was for Japanese-Americans to do so during WWII. There is nothing wrong with it and one shouldn’t refuse to renounce due to the belief that such is irreversible. However, one should always keep in mind that Americans may not want for individuals with American heritage to live in America if they, for whatever reason, stopped playing the citizenship game for a while. But why would anyone want to be a US citizen under those circumstances?
On this issue, I find three questions to be relevant:
- Is America worthy of your citizenship?
- Does America appreciate your citizenship?
- Does America want for you to be a citizen?
If the answer to any of these three questions is “no”, then it is unnecessary or undesirable for one to be a U.S. citizen. Yet, If the answer to all three is “yes”, then a restoration might make sense. Time will tell what will become of this.