Canadian, born American, recently harassed by Homeland Security

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Canadian, born American, recently harassed by Homeland Security

Post by jamesscot84 on Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:26 pm



I have been classified at the border as an American after 40 years of not practicing that citizenship. I have always traveled on a Canadian passport. Unfortunately, new rules require that since I was born in the US they will now treat me as a US citizen and to travel to the US I will need a US passport. This is totally new and raises interesting questions about what a person should do: renounce or get sucked up in the "obligations" of a citizenship I feel totally alien to. If I renounce I could be classified as a hostile and be banned from entering the US. If I ignore them I could be banned or fined as not fulfilling US citizenship requirements of entering the US with a US passport. Is there a way to avoid any commitment one way or the other? Such as saying "I dont exercise that citizenship, and wished to be treated as a Canadian. Thank you." Unfortunately, when they swipe my Canadian...


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