TRUMP POLICY AFFECTING CITIZENSHIP OF CHILDREN BORN ABROAD COULD IMPACT LGBTQ+ FAMILIES – Playfull
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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 “residency” 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 “residing in t he United States.” The new policy that goes into effect Oct. 29, however, limits what “residency” 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 weren’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 nation’s largest nonprofit group serving LGBTQ+ military servicemembers and veterans.

“We 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,” Perkowski said, according to The Hill.

“Our nation’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, ” Perkowski added. “We continue to urge Congress to look into this new policy and hold this administration accountable.”

Although immigration experts say the new policy does not specifically target LGBTQ+ people, it likely affects them more than others.

“While this policy does not specifically target LGBTQ people, it does appear to disenfranchise many Americans who represent this nation overseas, ” said Aaron C. Morris, executive director of Immigration Equality, an LGBTQ+ immigrant rights organization.

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