We need to make hard decisions now about what will truly benefit current and future Americans. T hrough much of the 20th century , the United States received comparatively few immigrants. In the 60 years from until , nearly a human lifetime, the United States admitted fewer immigrants than arrived, legally and illegally, in the single decade of the s. If you grew up in the s, the s, or even the s, heavy immigration seemed mostly a chapter from the American past, narrated to the nostalgic strains of The Godfather or Fiddler on the Roof.
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The president is constitutionally required to be natural born, but foreign-born Senators need only nine years of U. Constitutional qualifications to be a Senator are specified in Article I, section 3. Senators Born Outside the United States. Armstrong, David Hartley MO.
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Immigrants have long enlisted in all branches of the U. The foreign born represented half of all military recruits by the s and 20 percent of the 1. Today, the number of veterans who were born outside the United States stands at approximately ,, representing 3 percent of all Additionally, almost 1.
As it stands, Singapore's Constitution accords citizenship by descent to a child born abroad if his or her father is Singaporean by birth or registration. But if the child is born to a Singaporean mother and non-Singaporean father, he or she has to apply for citizenship by registration. While the application is seldom rejected, the perception is that a child born to a Singaporean woman does not enjoy the same privilege as a child born to a Singaporean man, according to Lim Hwee Hua, who co-chairs the RSC's 'Beyond Club' Sub-Committee. Among the RSC's key thrusts are to renew the vision of a Singaporean Singapore; enlarge space for Singaporeans to express and experiment; enable full participation of Singaporeans in policy-making; and promote a gracious, compassionate and cohesive society. Speaking at a news conference yesterday, Ms Lim, who is also a Member of Parliament, said the issue of citizenship privileges is growing because Singaporean women have progressed in education and earning power - and they have become more mobile.