New Citizenship Policy for US Service Families Abroad 👩🏽‍✈️

Carlos Barria / Reuters

Carlos Barria / Reuters

Automatic citizenship eligibility affected 

According to a policy alert by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), released on Wednesday, children of some US government employees and service members born abroad will no longer be granted automatic US citizenship. The policy will take effect October 29.

Who would be affected?

Responding to initial confusion regarding the policy, USCIS clarified itself and identified three types of children living abroad who would be affected by the policy: children of non-U.S. citizens adopted by U.S. citizens; children of non-U.S. citizen parents who become citizens after the child’s birth; and children of U.S. citizens who do not meet residency requirements to transmit citizenship to their children at birth. 


Fox News: Trump administration's update of policy on citizenship for certain children of government employees born overseas sparks confusion

Hot Air: No, the U.S. hasn’t declared that children of military servicemen born abroad aren’t citizens

Right-leaning sources focus on clarifying the confusion that the new policy would have large scale impact, as the left does. They emphasize the fact that it only affects a small group of children and does not affect children who are citizens at birth or who have already acquired citizenship, quoting Department of Defense spokeswoman Lt. Col. Carla M. Gleason that "the estimated impact of this particular change is small."


CNN: Citizenship will no longer be automatic for children of some US military members living overseas

The Hill: Trump officials say children of some service members overseas will not get automatic citizenship

Left-leaning sources begin by elaborating upon the policy and dispersing confusion. However, these sources tend to also note how the policy appears to be â€œaimed at children of parents who have not lived in the U.S. for many years or who are not U.S. citizens.” Some sources speak of how immigration attorneys take issue with this policy and others criticize USCIS for their misleading policy alert. 

Where's the common ground?

Both sides focused on military families when speaking about the effects of this policy. Both also made it clear that it would not impact as many people as some had feared, explaining the details of the change. 

Attention USCIS: We love a clear topic sentence!! Come on!!



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