Are you an emigrant from the United States — a young adult getting your start in life, an elderly retiree on a fixed income, or just an ordinary person down on your luck — who can’t afford the world’s most expensive fee for renouncing citizenship? Has the State Department arbitrarily refused to recognise your clear relinquishment of U.S. citizenship under 8 USC §1481(a)(1) through (4), knowing that you don’t have time or money to take them to court to assert your inherent right to change your nationality?
Well, here’s another option for you to get the Homeland off your back: vote Scott Brown (R-NH) for Senate! (Though of course, don’t do it if you are in the process of trying to convince the State Department that you relinquished U.S. citizenship.) A recent article in The Hill explains:
New Hampshire GOP Senate candidate Scott Brown unveiled a new video hitting President Obama on his foreign policy and pressing Congress to revoke the citizenship of Americans who join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria …
Brown cited two bills he introduced while serving as a senator from Massachusetts that would have stripped U.S. citizenship from those “providing material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization” or “actively engaging” in hostilities against the U.S. or allies.
Brown’s two earlier bills on this topic were S. 3327 in the 111th Congress and S. 1698 in the 112th, both co-sponsored with Joe Lieberman (I-CT) . They were similar in intent to Canada’s more recent Bill C-24, which we previously discussed here, here, and here.