Category Archives: U.S. History

U.S. history is loaded with immigrant contributions and immigration-related topics. Immigration Insider articles in this category include information about immigration in U.S. history.

Why Some Americans Renounce US Citizenship

renounce us citizenshipIn 2013, a record 2,999 Americans chose to renounce US citizenship, and 2014 looks to be no different. Based on the numbers from the first three quarters, the 2014 number will grow even larger.

But that’s not all. According to a survey by deVere Group, an independent financial advisory organization, a staggering 73% of Americans abroad are tempted to give up their US passports. With an estimated 7.6 million Americans living abroad, that translates to approximately 5.5 million Americans re-assessing the value of US citizenship.

Known formally as renunciation of citizenship, it is the act of voluntarily giving up citizenship in a country. Citizens of a country may renounce citizenship as a way of expressing philosophical differences, avoiding mandatory military service, becoming asylees or avoiding obligations of tax laws. There are a variety of reasons.

So why do some Americans renounce US citizenship? Continue reading

Executive Action on Immigration by U.S. Presidents Has a Long History

executive action by us presidentsMany critics have questioned the president’s authority to use executive action to provide immigration relief for millions of undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. Last month hundreds of law professors and scholars signed a letter that stated their belief that executive action would be within the legal authority of a U.S. president. Now a recently released report from the American Immigration Council outlines the long history of executive grants of temporary immigration relief from 1956 to the present.

The report demonstrates that every U.S. president since at least 1956 has granted temporary immigration relief of some form. Continue reading

U.S. Citizenship Was Easy for These People

Honorary U.S. citizenship is wonderful. No confusing USCIS applications and instructions. No waiting for the mail to give you news. No biometrics appointments or scary interviews. It’s all easy. There’s just one catch…

Gaining honorary citizenship in the United States will literally take an Act of Congress. It has only happened seven times, and five of the individuals were already dead when they were granted citizenship.

sir winston churchill english honorary us citizenSir Winston Churchill (November 30, 1874 – January 24, 1965) was a British politician who was widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and was granted honorary U.S. citizenship in 1963. Continue reading