Imagine enlisting in the U.S. Armed Forces and being posted overseas. Perhaps you marry, have or adopt children, then try to bring your kids home to visit their grandparents for Christmas. Under a new Trump administration rule you might find out for the first time your children, born to American citizens but not born on American soil, are not U.S. citizens.
It’s an astonishing development, just the latest in President Donald Trump’s so-called “America First” brand of nationalism that, just like many of his other policies, could be most harmful to even his most ardent supporters.
The just-published rule reveals the U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Service “no longer considers children of U.S. government employees and U.S. armed forces members residing outside the United States as ‘residing in the United States’ for purposes of acquiring citizenship under INA 320.”
The San Francisco Chronicle’s Tal Kopan broke the news:
Today USCIS issued guidance that DHS “no longer considers children of U.S. government employees and U.S. armed forces members residing outside the United States as ‘residing in the United States’ for purposes of acquiring citizenship” —https://t.co/IRNR21Qm4P
— Tal Kopan (@TalKopan) August 28, 2019
“The policy change explains that we will not consider children who live abroad with their parents to be residing in the United States even if their parents are U.S. government employees or U.S. service members stationed outside of the United States, and as a result, these children will no longer be considered to have acquired citizenship automatically,” USCIS spokesperson Meredith Parker told the military and veteran-focused news site Task & Purpose.
Here’s how one attorney explains it:
Military members and government employees, even though they were at their posts overseas, were deemed to be residing in the US for immigration purposes. That meant their kids could acquire their citizenship automatically through the looser requirements of Section 320. pic.twitter.com/Ft7fcpMytc
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) August 28, 2019
In late October of this year, the notice says, that deemed residency is ending, which–as I understand it–is generally going to put military and govt employees abroad in the position of proving they check all the boxes of 301(c) or applying for their children’s naturalization.
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) August 28, 2019
One reporter says USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli is “trying to backdoor an end to birthright citizenship.”
Whoa. Under @USCISCuccinelli, @USCIS is trying to backdoor an end to birthright citizenship with new “guidance” to make it more difficult for Americans who reside outside the United States to pass citizenship on to their children.https://t.co/U3jOB8NJNm
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) August 28, 2019
The USCIS does not say why the change is being made.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.
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‘You Don’t Care About the Kids’: Top PA Lawmaker Berates Public School Teacher as a ‘Special Interest’ to Her Face
House Speaker Says He’s ‘Offended’ by Her Sign That Says “I Love Public Schools”
A top Pennsylvania Republican lawmaker took time out of his visit to a Catholic elementary school with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to berate a retired public school teacher, calling her a “special interest” who’s part of a “monopoly.”
Speaker of the House Mike Turzai on Thursday chastised the school teacher who was protesting the Republican attack on local public schools. Conservatives across the country, emboldened by Trump administration polices spearheaded by DeVos are working to bleed taxpayer funds out of public school and inject them into charter schools, private schools, and religious schools.
“You have to care about each child,” Speaker Turzai informed the retired teacher, who was standing with another woman, presumably also a teacher, “not about the monopoly, which is where I think you folks are – you’re special interest people.”
“You don’t really care about the kids,” he claimed. “What you care about is a monopoly.”
“I’m a little offended from that,” one of the teachers responded.
“Oh I’m offended by your signs,” Turzai immediately replied.
The retired teacher was holding a sign that read: “I Love Public Schools.”
The other woman’s sign said, “Public Money for Public Schools.”
“I have dedicated my life to children. I have sacrificed my time –” she said before Turzai cut her off.
“You have to understand that there’s opportunities for each and every child in a variety of different schools, and those that have won a monopoly and are only about special interests and not about the child, need to think twice – and that includes you,” Speaker Turzai said. He then walked away, falsely claiming charter schools are not “for profit.”
“Please!” he concluded, sarcastically.
PA House Speaker @RepTurzai attended a Harrisburg event with Education Sec. Betsy DeVos this morning. There, he dismissed dedicated public educators “special interest people” who don’t care about students. Excuse me? @PSEA #1u #pagov #pahouse pic.twitter.com/HQxl8epbLo
— PA Spotlight (@PA_Spotlight) September 19, 2019
CNN Skewered for Booking ‘Liar’ and ‘Propaganda Performer’ Corey Lewandowski
Corey Lewandowski‘s performance before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday is being described as a clown show, but there was one portion that hurt Lewandowski more than any other.
“I have no obligation to be honest with the media,” the former Trump campaign manager insisted during his sworn testimony.
Lewandowski, dripping with disdain, all but admits he lied during media interviews, prompting the audience to gasp at his brazenness. Hard to believe this guy is considering a run for US Senate. pic.twitter.com/cwLf3NEI2E
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 17, 2019
It was a stunning moment.
Also stunning is that CNN booked Lewandowski to appear Wednesday morning.
Coming up at 8amET: Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski live on @NewDay.
— New Day (@NewDay) September 18, 2019
And here’s the Executive Producer of CNN’s “New Day” tweeting out the announcement:
— Javi Morgado (@javimorgado) September 18, 2019
The “most trusted” news network is getting skewered for it.
Take a look:
What the hell is wrong with you? Does journalistic integrity mean nothing to you at all? This man said on live national television that he is perfectly willing to lie to the media, and it seems you can’t give him an opportunity to do so fast enough.
— Daniel Summers (@WFKARS) September 18, 2019
Lewandowski- I lie to media
CNN- Appear on our show
Yet another example of MSM promoting and normalizing this crap
— Olga Lautman (@olgaNYC1211) September 18, 2019
The guy just said yesterday, “I have no obligation to be honest with the media.” If you don’t put “LIAR” in the chyron, refer to him as “liar Corey Lewandowski,” and have the host call him a “liar” in every sentence, then you are lying to the public. https://t.co/m7pKSwks7Q
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) September 18, 2019
So CNN books a guy who made news yesterday by saying he doesn’t tell the truth to the media. They are becoming a parody of themselves. Sensationalist suckers. https://t.co/DLWuivrJl8
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) September 18, 2019
— Trey Drama (@IAmTreyDrama) September 18, 2019
WTF!?!?! He admitted, under oath, that he lies to media. Why in the hell would you provide a platform for him to do that? Haven’t you any dignity at all???
— Jodie Moss (@jodiemoss1976) September 18, 2019
— Weirdo (@SkateBrandX) September 18, 2019
Since @CLewandowski_ openly admitted to lying to the media because he disdains the press, I suppose this means when he was a paid @CNN contributor he was lying the whole time? No one should EVER book him again. https://t.co/KS0ENCFMVs
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) September 18, 2019
— Kim Suggitt (@KimSuggitt1) September 18, 2019
“Tune in to @NewDay, where our contempt for our viewers is only matched by our own self-loathing!”
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) September 18, 2019
The thug @CLewandowski_ has now told Congress he lies on @CNN and feels fine about lying on CNN and generally views the truth as irrelevant to what he chooses to say. So how can CNN or anyone else justify continuing to give him a platform? https://t.co/9BzQTgeyzM
— James Gleick (@JamesGleick) September 18, 2019
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) September 18, 2019
Republicans Reveal Special Strategy to Win in 2020: Reduce Debt and Repeal ObamaCare
House Republicans are meeting in Baltimore this week for their annual policy retreat, and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) took time on Friday to share their special strategy to win in 2020: reduce the debt and repeal ObamaCare.
“The first thing we would do is make sure our debt is taken care of,” Leader McCarthy told reporters. Under President Donald Trump federal spending has spiraled out of control. The federal budget deficit this week just hit $1 trillion.
“We want to protect pre-existing conditions. We want to lower the cost of health care while raising quality overall,” McCarthy added.
And in fact, McCarthy earlier this year admitted House Republicans tried to kill protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
Meanwhile, under President Donald Trump Republicans are literally suing for the right to not only make it legal for insurance companies to ignore the ObamaCare mandate that requires them to cover everyone, regardless of pre-existing condition status, at the same prices (not charge people with pre-existing conditions more) but they have asked the federal courts to declare ObamaCare in its entirety unconstitutional. One federal judge has already ruled, stating he finds ObamaCare unconstitutional.
Since that ruling President Trump has asked the Supreme Court to kill ObamaCare.
As Bloomberg News reports, however, Republicans say they plan to “reduce the debt by repealing Obamacare.” ObamaCare actually reduces the federal debt.
Republicans have already tried – and failed – more than 70 times, to repeal or replace ObamaCare.
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