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Chicago native Ben loves his country and is proud to be an American. Yet the longtime resident of Melbourne has just relinquished his U.S. citizenship. "This is not something I did lightly or happily, but I saw no other choice," says Ben, a businessman who became an Australian citizen two years ago.
His words resonate with another American expatriate, John, a business owner based near Lausanne, Switzerland, who like Ben asked that his last name be withheld for fear of alienating his famil
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
So far in the first quarter of 2010 more Americans living abroad have turned in their Passports and given up their Citizenship than in all of 2008.
I would like to see someone try to chalk that up to merely "an inherited problem".
Look forward to reading Americans' opinions
Always difficult, surrendering citizenship of one's country of birth
The U.S. may have its problems and I cannot ever envision myself being back there permanently until I get shipped back to Florida in a cardboard box but I am still loyal and extremely disturbed about the direction the country is heading.
I never thought I would see Eastern European countries and even Russia as bastions of freedom and a haven for Christians however it seems to be heading in that direction.
many foreign banks and financial service companies won’t take the business of Americans living abroad to avoid having to deal with all the cumbersome and time consuming procedures.
I've never heard of a bank refusing service because of it, but as of several years ago, at least, it was often possible to get around the usual tracking by traveling overseas and depositing a cashiers check in person rather than transfering electronically from a US bank. Or so I hear.
Things change once you have children. I view things differently. I don't want to pass on the curse to them.
The question is now how do we become once again that shining beacon welcoming all to her warm embrace, how do we become the America we all know and love that others want to be a part of.
Originally posted by MotherofBlessings
Wow, there sure is a lot of Truth being spoken in this thread! Thank you, everyone, for sharing your views and in such a well-spoken fashion.