If you are looking at my picture that is. That’s right, me. I’ve been living in the US for 41 years, and I’ve been working in the US for more than 25 years, and according to the US government I’m not a citizen. I was born in England on a military base (hello fellow military brats) and did not receive the correct identification papers at birth. My mother, being a proper American, didn’t put much stock in keeping my ID papers in order, and so I consequently don’t have the correct papers to prove my citizenship.
Under the current (where’s your papers type fascism) government rules, I can’t call myself an American citizen without risking permanent deportation. Can’t get a passport, or do any number of other ‘federal’ type things.
So, I’m thinking of demanding my one-way plane ticket to Heathrow. Seems like a good excuse to take an extended holiday, with no plans for return.
Editor’s Note. I did finally get a passport in 2008, because they made me prove my citizenship in order to get disability. I’m not illegally in the United States anymore, but then I never was until I wanted to demand what was due to me. Then, suddenly, all those little undotted i’s and uncrossed t’s really did matter to them, no matter how many times they had assured me that they didn’t matter.