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How do kids obtain citizenship if they're not born in America?

If your child is born when you're not in the United States, you may think that he or she is automatically a citizen. In some ways, that's true. In others, it isn't. While your child may socially be recognized as an American, there are steps you actually have to take to get your child's citizenship recognized.

The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 can make a difference to you

Your happiest moment was bringing your child into the world, but you certainly didn't expect to do so while out of the country. You know your child has a right to become a U.S. citizen, but do you have to exercise that right? What steps do you need to take to make sure your child is a citizen of your home country? You should speak with your attorney about the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.

The Child Citizenship Act of 2000: What it means to you

The Child Citizenship Act (CCA) was created in 2000 and makes it possible for those born in foreign countries to obtain U.S. citizenship automatically by fulfilling a number of conditions before the age of 18 so long as at least one of his or her parents is a U.S. citizen.

Parents can be deported, leaving children behind

When you read reports about deportations, they often focus on those being removed from the country and the reasons for that removal. What these reports don't always mention, at least not in depth, is that everyone in a family unit may not be deported at the same time. A parent can be picked up by authorities and sent away, while children are left behind.

Special programs help those who need it most: Children

If you ask many parents who immigrate to the United States why they did it, they'll give you the same answer: They did it for their children. They wanted their kids to have a chance at a better life. They wanted them to have world-class medical care and a good education.

Is Atlanta a sanctuary city?

Recent months have featured a number of conflicting headlines and soundbites about the future of various elements of immigration law and institutions that seek to aid and protect immigrants in the United States. One of the most controversial terms that is the concept of "sanctuary cities." For undocumented immigrants and their children, the idea of a safe space in uncertain times may seem like a dream come true. However, it is important to understand what sanctuary cities are, what they can offer and which cities have sanctuary policies.

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