TRUMP POLICY AFFECTING CITIZENSHIP OF CHILDREN BORN ABROAD COULD IMPACT LGBTQ+ FAMILIES
LGBTQ+ families could be negatively impacted by a new Trump policy putting restrictions on citizenship access to children born abroad to U.S. military service members and federal employees, according to some LGBTQ+ advocacy groups.
Essentially, the new policy limits the definition of â€śresidencyâ€ť when it comes to parents transferring their U.S. citizenship to their children born overseas.
The current policy states children born to parents stationed abroad are legally U.S. citizens at birth because they are considered to be â€śresiding in t he United States.â€ť The new policy that goes into effect Oct. 29, however, limits what â€śresidencyâ€ť means and requires certain individuals apply for U.S. citizenship for their children.
Those who would be required to apply for citizenship for their children include those who adopt children overseas, parents who werenâ€™t citizens when they were born, and children of citizens who did not meet residency requirements needed to automatically transfer citizenship to their child at birth.
For LGBTQ+ parents who adopt or use egg donors overseas, the new policy could only add extra red tape to their children gaining U.S. citizenship, said Peter Perkowski, legal and policy director at Modern Military Association of America, the nationâ€™s largest nonprofit group serving LGBTQ+ military servicemembers and veterans.
â€śWe are very concerned about how this new policy may affect our LGBTQ servicemembers looking to adopt or use surrogates, sperm or egg donors or IVF,â€ť Perkowski said, according to The Hill.
â€śOur nationâ€™s modern military families deserve better than this, and the last thing they should have to worry about is going through extra hoops in order to ensure their children are U.S. citizens, â€ť Perkowski added. â€śWe continue to urge Congress to look into this new policy and hold this administration accountable.â€ť
Although immigration experts say the new policy does not specifically target LGBTQ+ people, it likely affects them more than others.
â€śWhile this policy does not specifically target LGBTQ people, it does appear to disenfranchise many Americans who represent this nation overseas, â€ť said Aaron C. Morris, executive director of Immigration Equality, an LGBTQ+ immigrant rights organization.