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Tropical Storm? The Supreme Court Considers Double Jeopardy and the Sovereign Status of Puerto Rico

Description: This legal sidebar discusses the nature of the relationship between the United States government and the territory of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Based in part on statutory language providing that the relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States is "in the nature of a compact," arguments have been made that any change in Puerto Rico's political status must be consented to by both parties.
Date: November 4, 2015
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Civics Programs in Washington, D.C.

Description: A number of programs in Washington, D.C., explain the workings of the national government to a diverse range of Americans, from middle school students to senior citizens. This report highlights six of the most popular programs.
Date: July 25, 2002
Creator: Greenfield, Susan Watkins
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Civics Programs in Washington, D.C.

Description: A number of programs in Washington, D.C., explain the workings of the national government to a diverse range of Americans, from middle school students to senior citizens. This report highlights six of the most popular programs.
Date: April 8, 2002
Creator: Greenfield, Susan Watkins
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

A Comparative Study of the Present Objectives and Methods of Teaching Citizenship

Description: The purpose of this study is to make an investigation of the practices of a selected number of schools in teaching citizenship to determine if these schools are following democratic procedures in their methods of teaching. The evaluation is based upon criteria derived from a study of recent literature in the field of education.
Date: 1948
Creator: Thomas, Stanley A.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Unauthorized Immigration

Description: This video recording is of the faculty lecture series UNT Speaks Out on Unauthorized Immigration. This series features Dr. Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Dr. David Molina, Dr. Mariela Nuñez-Janes, and Shaun Chapa. Dr. Martinez-Ebers, professor of political science, will provide a demographic profile of the U.S. immigrant population and introduce the various policy options that have been discussed in Congress. Dr. Molina, professor of economics and interim director of UNT's Immigrant Research and Policy Center, will focus on policy and economic impacts of labor. Dr. Nuñez-Janes, professor of anthropology, and Shaun Chapa, graduate student, will discuss undocumented students as a case study. They focus on issues of policy and practices, drawing on the students' experiences to raise questions about cultural citizenship, assimilation as the proxy for legal rights, new forms of racism and educational equity.
Date: April 13, 2011
Creator: University of North Texas. Libraries.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Basic Questions on U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization

Description: U.S. citizenship is conferred at birth under the principle of jus soli (nationality of place of birth) and the principle of jus sanguinis (nationality of parents). The U.S. Constitution states as a fundamental rule of jus soli citizenship that "all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside." The exceptions to universal citizenship comprehended by the requirement that a person be born "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" include: (1) children born to a foreign sovereign or accredited diplomatic official; (2) children born on a foreign public vessel, such as a warship; (3) children born to an alien enemy in hostile occupation; and (4) native Indians.
Date: March 3, 1992
Creator: Eig, Larry M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Treatment of Noncitizens in H.R. 3200

Description: This report outlines the treatment of noncitizens under H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009. The report analyzes specific provisions in H.R. 3200, and whether there are eligibility requirements for noncitizens in the selected provisions.
Date: August 26, 2009
Creator: Siskin, Alison & Lunder, Erika K.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Treatment of Noncitizens in H.R. 3200

Description: This report outlines the treatment of noncitizens under H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009. The report analyzes specific provisions in H.R. 3200, and whether there are eligibility requirements for noncitizens in the selected provisions.
Date: August 25, 2009
Creator: Siskin, Alison & Lunder, Erika K.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act: Overview and Issues

Description: Members of the uniformed services and U.S. citizens who live abroad are eligible to register and vote absentee in federal elections under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA, P.L. 99-410, 42 U.S.C.1973ff) of 1986. The law was enacted to improve absentee registration and voting for this group of voters and to consolidate existing laws. Since 1942, a number of federal laws have been enacted to assist these voters: the Soldier Voting Act of 1942 (amended in 1944), the Federal Voting Assistance Act of 1955, the Overseas Citizens Voting Rights Act of 1975 (both the 1955 and 1975 laws were amended in 1978 to improve procedures), and the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act of 1986. The law is administered by the Secretary of Defense, who delegates that responsibility to the director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program at the Department of Defense (DOD).
Date: February 17, 2011
Creator: Coleman, Kevin J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Group of new U.S. citizens swears loyalty to the Constitution of the United States]

Description: A group of people, with a young woman prominent in the photo, hold up their hands and swear loyalty to the Constitution of the United States. There were an estimated 500 persons at the ceremony, who swore fidelity and obedience to the Constitution of the United States and became citizens.
Date: March 30, 2006
Creator: Castillo, José L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Immigration-Related Document Fraud: Overview of Civil, Criminal, and Immigration Consequences

Description: This report discusses the primary civil, criminal, and immigration-related penalties associated with immigration-related document fraud. In order to enter or remain in the United States and be eligible for various immigration-related benefits, non-citizens (aliens) must comply with a number of document requirements under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
Date: January 23, 2009
Creator: Kim, Yule & Garcia, Michael J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Dominican Republic: Tensions with Haiti over Citizenship and Migration Issues

Description: This report discusses the dispute between the Dominican Republic and Haiti regarding the citizenship status of some 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent, as well as undocumented migrants in the Dominican Republic, which threatens to exacerbate tensions between the two neighbors.
Date: July 15, 2015
Creator: Ribando Seelke, Clare; Margesson, Rhoda & Taft-Morales, Maureen
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Man with a small U.S. flag and papers in his hands sits during a citizenship ceremony]

Description: This photo shows some of the participants in a naturalization ceremony at the Convention Center in Arlington, Texas. There were an estimated 500 persons at the ceremony, who swore fidelity and obedience to the Constitution of the United States and became citizens.
Date: March 30, 2006
Creator: Castillo, José L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Expedited Citizenship Through Military Service: Current Law, Policy, and Issues

Description: This report gives an overview of the history of naturalization based on military service, discusses current law and policy, analyzes data on noncitizens in the military today and prior to the enactment of P.L. 108- 136, and discusses current legislative proposals and related issues.
Date: February 25, 2009
Creator: Lee, Margaret Mikyung & Wasem, Ruth Ellen
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department