Everybody Must Choose Citizenship by Age of Majority
Everybody born in the United States of parents who are both US citizens should be granted provisional US citizenship. Every person with provisional citizenship living in the US should be required to choose, by the age of majority (usually 18-21 but should be age 20), of which country they would like to become a full citizen. If they decide to become a citizen of the United States, they would need to take certain steps and tests, similar to, but possibly more demanding than those given to foreign applicants today. Such steps and tests would need to have been completed by each person’s 20th birthday. People who fail those tests (they could retake them at any time) or people who have chosen to not become citizens of the United States, would have their status changed from citizen to legal US resident upon their 20th birthday. This status would last for 5 years. By the end of these 5 years, a decision must have been made and final approval must have been received by the country chosen in which to become a citizen. If individuals chose another country as a place of citizenship but are still within the United States after their 25th birthday, then daily $10 fines would begin to be charged. In addition, they would be categorized as foreign immigrant workers and the relevant regulations regarding foreign worker taxes (namely, higher income taxes) would begin to be applied at this same time. If the individual plans to remain in the United States for any length of time after the first 5 year period, they would need to have applied for another 5 year extension of their legal residency status.