Illinois Woman Born To American Father Told She Is No Longer an American

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    What's going on here? They're (US State Department) saying to this woman if you're born over seas to a American born in America, you're not a natural born citizen.

    Illinois Woman Told She Is No Longer an American - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News - FOXNews.com
    Immigrant fears losing citizenship - chicagotribune.com

    For years she, and the U.S. government, thought the Bulgarian-born 34-year-old was an American citizen. But, when she went to renew her passport in 2003, the State Department reportedly told her something terribly different.

    Boneva's father was born in Indiana, and the consulate in Bulgaria gave her U.S. citizenship while she was growing up in the country in 1981. She was able to visit relatives in Chicago and eventually move to the area in 1997, the Chicago Tribune reported.

    Then in 2003, the married mother of a now 7-year-old U.S.-born boy received a letter from the U.S. State Department saying there was a mistake and she wasn't an American citizen, according to the Tribune.

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    Probably a mix up that will eventually be corrected.

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    But I thougt paperwork didn't matter. According to some if you're born to a American anywhere in the world then you are also a American.
     
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    You are probably right. I read the article and it said something about five years vs. ten years, etc. but I'm glad she's getting some publicity. That should help.
     
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    Currently, Title 8 of the U.S. Code fills in those gaps. Section 1401 defines the following as people who are "citizens of the United States at birth:"

    • Anyone born inside the United States *
    • Any Indian or Eskimo born in the United States, provided being a citizen of the U.S. does not impair the person's status as a citizen of the tribe
    • Any one born outside the United States, both of whose parents are citizens of the U.S., as long as one parent has lived in the U.S.
    • Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S. national
    • Any one born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year
    • Any one found in the U.S. under the age of five, whose parentage cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not provided by age 21
    • Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)
    • A final, historical condition: a person born before 5/24/1934 of an alien father and a U.S. citizen mother who has lived in the U.S.

    * There is an exception in the law — the person must be "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States. This would exempt the child of a diplomat, for example, from this provision.

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    So is she a natural born citizen?
     
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    No. She was born in Bulgaria. It looks like she didn't move here til 1997.


     
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    All she has to do is sneak over the Mexican border, put on fake tan lotion and join "La Raza". Obama will grant her instant citizenship.
     
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    According to the state department she is NOT a American even though she was born to a American Daddy. Read the article.
     
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    My sister was born in Scotland while my father was stationed at Holy Loch. She never had a single problem.
     

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