Petitioning US Congress

Prevention and Reduction of Statelessness in the United States


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The United States continues to resist both UN 1954 Convention Related to the Status of Stateless Persons and 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, on the principled ground that U.S. law “has long recognized the right of Americans to renounce their nationality, even if doing so would lead to statelessness.” Notwithstanding this decision, the State Department treats statelessness as an important human right and humanitarian issue, and U.S. diplomats advocate vigorously against discriminatory citizenship laws in other countries but the US. We should stop the US Government from acting with this evil approach. If we concern about statelessness around the globe, we should take all measures necessary and stop statelessness issue rise within our territories. US law allows their citizens to renounce citizenship on voluntary basis, and  it can only take place outside of the United States, which means in foreign country through US Embassy. You cannot renounce your US citizenship while in the United States.


And why should we? We cannot and should not allow our citizens to renounce their citizenship with the purpose of leaving them in the state of limbo. That is not right at all, and should never be constitutional. So, why we should allow someone to renounce his or her citizenship when he/she does not have any other? No one should renounce his or her citizenship unless they acquire another one from other states, or become permanent residents of another nation. We should not promote statelessness but fight statelessness and do everything we can to reduce this terrible and awful act against humanity. We should adjust our citizenship law including succession to the UN 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons.


We urge the US Congress along with the Department of Homeland Security to join, sign and ratify the main instruments of the United Nations Conventions dealing with statelessness issues, or add the provision to US immigration law to protect stateless persons and prevent statelessness from happening in the United States, and assist and help current stateless population of the United States to become lawful residents and citizens of this country.

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