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    SCOTUS strikes down equality law

    The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that treats children born overseas to unmarried parents differently for purposes of citizenship depending upon whether the biological father or mother is a US citizen.

    Under the law, US citizen fathers have to spend at least five years in the states before the child could become a citizen, while the mother only had to spend one year.

    The plaintiff in the case, Luis Ramon Morales-Santana, was born in 1962 in the Dominican Republic to unmarried parents. His mother was a citizen of the Dominican Republic and his father was a US citizen who had not spent more than five years in the United States after his 14th birthday.

    Morales-Santana was admitted to the US as a lawful permanent resident in 1975. After years of living in the US he was put in removal proceedings after convictions for various felonies. He claimed he was a US citizen because of his father's citizenship. But the Board of Immigration Appeals denied the claim because the father had not satisfied the physical presence requirements.

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who dedicated her career to the issue of gender discrimination before taking the bench, wrote the decision. source
    Add two to hers, subtract two from his.
    Around the tree, around the tree, that's how you make it 3.

    How long would it take Congress to settle this bit of business?
    nevermind...
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    Quote Originally Posted by puffin View Post
    Add two to hers, subtract two from his.
    Around the tree, around the tree, that's how you make it 3.

    How long would it take Congress to settle this bit of business?
    nevermind...
    I can't really see a difference if it is one year or five years or some where in between. Neither does the court. All the court cares is that the amount be the same for both parents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    I can't really see a difference if it is one year or five years or some where in between. Neither does the court. All the court cares is that the amount be the same for both parents.
    Agreed, pick a number (why not split the diff?) and go with it ... just get it done, this is stupid.

    I suppose it is too easy, doesn't generate enough coverage and angst, and is therefore not worthy of Congressional time and attention.

    Yea, I know, cynical, but that's the way I feel about Congress these days. Hastert put me over the top.

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    Strange. That used to be a requirement for the mother too. I don't like that they changed it for mothers but not fathers.

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