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Re: PUBLIC: Re: dual citizenship

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Ash wrote:
>> I realize that many nations "permit" dual citizenship. Still, it is true 
>> in every case that each nation considers its hold on the "citizen" to be 
>> superior to that of other nations in which s/he might have citizenship. 
>> Nations simply look away from your second citizenship. If you explicityl 
>> stated to the American government that your alleigiance lies with the 
>> state of Israel, then the government is obliged to revoke your 
>> citizenship. The way dual citizenship exists is usually that the US 
>> government does not ask, and the "citizen" does not tell. Classic "don't 
>> ask, don't tell".
Dear Mr. Ash,
  Usually your arguments might come out true they were to go under some sort
of "test".  However, this Classic "don't ask don't tell" is WRONG.  I am still
a proud Indian citizen living in the US.  Due to various reasons I am
compelled to adopt american citizenship.  Today I obtained the official form
along with a sheet of instructions.  Right on this sheet it says, and I quote
  "Oath of Allegiance.  If your application is approved, you will be REQUIRED
to take the following oath of allegiance to the United States in order to
become a citizen:

  I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and
abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or
sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a suject or citizen; that
I will support and defend the constitution and laws of the US against all
enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear arms on behalf of the US when
required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the armed
forces of the US when required by the law; that I will perform work of
national importance under civilian direction when directed by the law; and
that I take this OBLIGATION freely without any mental reservation or purpose
of evasion; so help me God."

 So now it becomes the question of definition. How does one defind "take" and
"ask".  When the US gov't makes you take this oath, it assumes that you are
going to pay your allegiance to it.  Therefore, it does not ASK you whether or
not your allegiance is genuine.  Hence, the Prabhu Guptaras of this world does
not necessarily have to TELL who you pay your allegiance to.  thus, your
classic "don't ask don't tell" theory fails for big time.


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