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Copyright (c) 1999 Georgetown Immigration Law Journal
Georgetown Immigration Law Journal

ARTICLE: NEW RULES ON DUAL NATIONALITY FOR A DEMOCRATIZING GLOBE: BETWEEN REJECTION AND EMBRACE

Fall, 1999

14 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 1

Author

DAVID A. MARTIN *

Excerpt

I. INTRODUCTION

Dual citizenship has reemerged as a contentious issue. 1 For the United States, Mexico's adoption in March 1998 of constitutional amendments governing nationality precipitated the latest round of controversy. Departing markedly from Mexico's historic hostility to dual citizenship, the legislators explicitly meant to foster ongoing nationality links with Mexican emigrants who naturalize in the United States and perhaps thereby to encourage more to obtain U.S. citizenship. 2 Coming on the heels of similar legal changes by other countries (such as the Dominican Republic and El Salvador) that have traditionally sent large numbers of migrants to the United States, and at a time when U.S. naturalization demand is at an all-time high, the change has evoked alarm in some quarters and praise in others. The new Mexican law is generally careful and nuanced in its approach to dual nationality, especially in distinguishing the Mexican nationality now being offered from full citizenship. Mexico's newly recognized dual nationals residing north of the border are now exempt from certain restrictions on property holding and inheritance that formerly applied to them as foreigners, but, as Mexican nationals rather than citizens, they may not vote or hold high public office. Mexico's care in assigning rights and privileges, however, usually has not been matched by equal precision among U.S. commentators, who tend to manifest polar reactions.

Some--I'll call them oppositionists 3 --who are suspicious of other countries' law reform motives and are worried about divided loyalties on the part of new ...
 
 
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