Rights and Citizenship

It is a human right to reject the citizenship of the country of birth or to legally emigrate, as the singer, Tina Turner, just did by applying to become a citizen of Switzerland, but Uncle Sam should make it clear to any ex-American or would-be ex who takes that step, or wants to, that the decision is pretty much irrevocable and no one who goes that route will ever be able to apply for a residency visa (with exceptions), but only a travel visa. What Turner did is different than just going to another country to live for a long-term period or even permanently, because ex-patriates don't necessarily have to give up their citizenship to do that. It's not just Turner, however, as many ex-Americans are taking her path, some of them just trying to avoid taxes. Giving up citizenship, however, probably belies any Pledge of Allegiance that they may have taken, so perhaps it is just as well that they emigrated, not that there may not be an extraordinarily good reason for some to emigrate. For the others, however, America will be a tad better off without each and every one.

[revised on 1/28/2013]

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