8 U.S. Code S. 1401 – Nationals and citizens of United States at birth includes:
The following shall be nationals and citizens of the United States at birth:
(c) a person born outside of the United States and its outlying possessions of parents both of whom are citizens of the United States and one of whom has had a residence in the United States or one of its outlying possessions, prior to the birth of such person;
The quest for – “Form Free Living”
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) June 20, 2015
Defining the direction …
Born outside US to USC parents? Is US citizenship a choice for u or has the US made you an offer you can't refuse? https://t.co/vKlKZMyGJt
— U.S. Citizen Abroad (@USCitizenAbroad) July 12, 2015
This issue has been recently raised in AT LEAST the following three contexts:
1. In a fascinating post, WhiteKat introduces the issue of:
… another obvious battle to be fought, which is the fight to help set people free from the chains of unwanted US citizenship.
2. A recent comment (not restricted to the situation of people born outside the U.S.) noted that:
Facts are stubborn things. Why not focus on the those facts that are most clear
1. The United States is attempting to enforce it’s laws beyond its borders in other countries. These include but are not limited to U.S. “Extra-territorial taxation” and FATCA.
2. The United States and the United States only decides (according to its laws) who is or is not a “U.S. person” and is therefore subject to U.S. “Extra-territorial taxation”.
3. Because of point 2, the United States (with the help of the media and the tax professionals) is attempting to forcibly impose “U.S. personhood”on many who have never and do not believe that they are U.S. persons.
3. Leading to a recent comment on Facebook that:
In relation to point 3 (forcible imposition of US citizenship on people who don’t want it and who have lived their lives as nationals of another country) surely another law suit must be brewing? The more I read about US nationality laws, the more it seems to me that the State Department’s position is at odds with the fundamental principles that underpin the system. Probably one for accidental Americans. Just wondering if this has ever been given any thought.