Tuesday, July 11, 2017

VOA News Words: Birthright Citizenship

VOA News Words: Birthright Citizenship

Birthright citizenship are a couple of long words. Find out what they mean and why they are important with your News Words hosts.
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VOA Learning English: Some in US Questioning 'Birthright Citizenship' (2015)

Any baby born in the United States automatically becomes a U.S. citizen. This is called “birthright citizenship.” Republicans running for president are questioning whether it should continue to be the law of the land. Donald Trump is a New York businessman and television reality show host who wants to be president. He is calling for an end to the birthright citizenship policy.

VOA Learning English: An American National, But Not a Citizen (2016)

Except for American Samoa, people born in these territories automatically become U.S. citizens. They have many of the same rights as other U.S. citizens; however, they may not vote for president, and they do not pay federal taxes. People who live in American Samoa are U.S. nationals but are not automatically given birthright citizenship. In other words, they do not automatically become U.S. citizens at birth. (Read more)

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