posted on Nov, 18 2008 @ 07:14 AM
Originally posted by Jenna
reply to post by Irish M1ck
I was under the impression that a child's citizenship is determined by the parents. For example, if my husband and I moved to England and became
citizens of England, our children would also have citizenship in England. If we moved to France and became citizens, our children would be citizens of
France. If I am correct, which I'm not sure about but I'm sure someone will tell me if I am not, then if Obama's mother moved and became a citizen
of Indonesia and his step-father adopted him or whatever was done for him to go to school in Indonesia then his citizenship would follow that of his
parents, or parent in this case. It seems to me that there would have to have been some sort of paperwork to show at the time he was a citizen of
Indonesia for that to show up on his school records from there.
Again, this is based on my impression that a child's citizenship follows that of the parents. If I am wrong, please correct me.
I'm a British citizen by birth and married an American citizen by birth. I never took American citizenship because I'd have to give up my British
citizenship because dual citizenship with Britain wasn't (isn't?) available. I just had residency for the USA.
Our daughter was born in England and therefore held British citizenship. However, we also registered her birth at the US embassy, in London, and she
has both British and US birth certificates. At the time we were told that if she was in the US her British citizenship wouldn't be recognised and if
we were in Britain her US citizenship wouldn't be recognised because officially she can't have dual citizenship but she can hold both passports and
use whichever she prefers.
She doesn't have to give up citizenship to either country but they don't recognise she's a citizen of the other country too. Crazy really but I
don't make the rules and it's a good job I kept my British citizenship as I divorced her dad a few years later and moved back to England. My 2nd
husband legally adopted her when she was 6 but she still holds her US birth certificate and citizenship and can use them whenever she likes.
Maybe the same applies to Barack Obama - if he was born in the US and was able to take Indonesian citizenship without actually giving up his US
citizenship. Maybe they just don't recognise dual citizenship, as in my daughter's case.
I found out I could've done the same with the US - I could've become a citizen and technically held dual citizenship but legally the US and Britain
wouldn't recognise my citizenship of the other country.
Edit:- Basically, it's not illegal to hold dual citizenship with US and Britain but legally they don't have to recognise you hold citizenship of
the other country. When in the US she wouldn't get assistance from the British embassy and when in Britain she wouldn't get assistance from the US
[edit on 18-11-2008 by Maya00a]
2nd Edit:- If it's the same with Indonesia and dual citizenship then he would never have actually given up his US citizenship even if he took
Indonesian citizenship - they simply don't recognise citizenship of the other country while you're in their country. Indonesia would never have
accepted he was still a US citizen, while he was in Indonesia, and the US would never have accepted that he was an Indonesian citizen, while he was in
[edit on 18-11-2008 by Maya00a]