Malli wrote:as far as I know, its common practice. I believe it's also the same in Canada and England.
Canada, like the United States, has "jus soli
" or citizenship by birthright.
British citizenship can not be gained by "jus soli" or being born in the United Kingdom, the law that applies is "lex soli
", meaning that one parent of a child born in the UK must be a British citizen at the time of the child's birth or be "settled" in the United Kingdom.
The majority of Europe has moved away from birthright citizenship (jus soli
, right of the soil) in favor of citizenship determined by the parent's citizenship (jus sanguinis
, right of blood) or more commonly a combination of lex soli
and lex sanguinis
, law of soil and law of blood, respectively.
I am strongly against jus soli
(birthright citizenship) and feel that United States needs to repeal the 14th Amendment and amend the Constitution so that US Citizenship is gained via birth to a parent that is a US Citizen at the time of the child's birth (lex soli
) or by descent if one parent is a US citizen otherwise than by descent (if the parent is a US citizen via adoption, naturalization etc.) (lex sanguinis
I also feel that the US needs to change it's laws so that only those who are US citizens, legal aliens/legal immigrants or in the country via other legal means are eligible for social services and education. When I lived in Italy or Japan, my parents had to pay for me to go to school there if I didn't got to the DODDS (Department of Defense Dependent Schools) school because I was not a citizen.
When the US is no longer the land hands out Citizenship, welfare dollars, free medical services and free education to people irregardless of citizenship, illegal immigration will come to a screeching halt.
For what it's worth, I am a US Citizen via lex sanguinis
. I was born in another country to parents that are US Citizens. My father was active duty in the Navy.
You can see a list of the countries that grant citizenship by birth in the jus soli link below.
Jus soli: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus_soli
Jus sanguinis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus_sanguinis
British Nationality: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_nationality_law#Registration_as_a_British_citizen
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