Descendants of Sephardic Jews, who were expelled from Spain in 1492, will now be allowed to seek Spanish nationality without having to give up their current citizenship.
The law, passed by the Spanish government Friday, will give the opportunity for a potential 3.5 million people across several countries to apply for Spanish nationality if they can prove their Sephardic ancestry. Applicants, Reuters reports, do not have to be practicing Jews.
Obama reiterated his preference for a concrete route to citizenship. But he said he doesn’t want to “prejudge” what might land on his desk and would have to evaluate the implications of a process to allow people get legal status and then have the option to become citizens. Continue reading
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Just how significant is the announcement out of California that a Republican congressman will co-sponsor legislation providing a pathway to citizens for millions of undocumented people living in the country? Alan Gomez, who reports on immigration issues for USA Today, joins Hari Sreenivasan for more. Continue reading
Unwilling to consider the Senate’s comprehensive approach to immigration, House Republicans are instead working on four options that stress security and enforcement. Ray Suarez talks to Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., who advocates the inclusion of a pathway to citizenship along as part of a complex and lasting solution. Continue reading
It is unconstitutional to make voters prove their U.S. citizenship to be able to register to vote. The Supreme Court made that reversal to Arizona law in a 7-2 decision. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal breaks down the details of that ruling with Judy Woodruff. Continue reading
Reversing what had been Cuba’s policy since 1959, most Cuban citizens can now travel abroad without a special exit permit and letter of invitation. Some see the policy reversal as an important step for reform, while others view it as a cynical move to purge the country of dissident voices. Ray Suarez reports. Continue reading
Ray Suarez talks to Maria de los Angeles Torres of University of Illinois at Chicago and Julia Sweig from the Council on Foreign Relations about the economic benefits for citizens living both in Cuba and the U.S., and how the new policy could open up a new, more mobile way of life for Cubans. Continue reading
Two retiring Republican senators have introduced a new plan for immigration reform that grants legal status but not citizenship to young illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents. Ray Suarez talks to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Tex., one of the authors of the plan, and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. Continue reading
In response to revived, high-profile skepticism about his U.S. citizenship, President Obama released his long-form birth certificate Wednesday — again showing he was born in Hawaii — and said he didn’t have time for “silliness.” Jim Lehrer and The Washington Post’s Dan Balz discuss whether the “birther” issue is now settled. Continue reading
Congress is set to vote on the DREAM Act, which would give undocumented immigrants who enter the U.S. before the age of 16 a path to legal standing via college or military service. Judy Woodruff leads a debate between Angela Kelley of the Center for American Progress and Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies. Continue reading