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Thursday, April 04, 2002

Dual Citizenship Talib?- The news out today is that there was another American in Gitmo. However, this guy, Yasser Esam Hamdi, was a Saudi born in Baton Rouge 22 years ago. He and his folks went back to Saudi Arabia when he was a prayer rug rat. This possible American citizenship might give him a Get Out of Gitmo Free Card and be charged formally as Talib Johnny has been. Immigration law's not my area of expertise, but I think the US doesn't fully accept the concept of dual citizenship. When a person with more than one citizenship option hits adulthood, he has to choose which citizenship to take. As I understand the law, if a person uses the rights of citizenship of another country, he forfeits his US citizenship. This guy's 22. If he has chosen to use his Saudi citizenship, would that not nuke his US Citizenship and his Get Out of Gitmo Free Card? I haven't seen that angle reported on as of yet.

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