View Poll Results: What should happen to those who renounce their US citizenship?

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  • Kept out of the US permanently

    3 7.14%
  • Banned from doing business with American companies in the US

    4 9.52%
  • Banned from doing business with American companies abroad.

    2 4.76%
  • Kept out of the US until they pay back taxes.

    3 7.14%
  • Their property in the US confiscated and sold to pay back taxes.

    7 16.67%
  • The US government should go after them to pay taxes regardless of what country they go to.

    6 14.29%
  • Other idea (please specify)

    5 11.90%
  • They should be allowed to freely enter the US as long as they have a US passport.

    7 16.67%
  • No one should be punished for renouncing their citizenship.

    31 73.81%
  • I don't know.

    0 0%
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Thread: What should happen to those who renounce their US citizenship?

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    Re: What should happen to those who renounce their US citizenship?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    You have to be on foreign soil in order to renounce, so your legal status will depend on how you re-entered the US after renouncing.
    I shall ask my big-shot State Dept. friend.

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    Re: What should happen to those who renounce their US citizenship?

    I'd say treat them no differently than any other foreign national after that.

    Edit: The only exception to this is that I'd never give them citizenship again if they renounced it once.
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    Re: What should happen to those who renounce their US citizenship?

    Wow, I can't believe the number of folks here who would be so hateful toward an American who gave up his citizenship, but are easily tolerant of both illegal aliens, and legal aliens from other countries.
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    Re: What should happen to those who renounce their US citizenship?

    Quote Originally Posted by lunchbox View Post
    Make them stand in line with everyone else if they ever want to get their citizenship back. Aside from that, treat them like any other non-citizen.
    I don't think you can get it back if you renounce it.
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: What should happen to those who renounce their US citizenship?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    I'd say treat them no differently than any other foreign national after that.

    Edit: The only exception to this is that I'd never give them citizenship again if they renounced it once.
    They can't ever get it back. It's already the law. Once you renounce it's irrevocable. No exceptions.
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    Re: What should happen to those who renounce their US citizenship?

    I don't see any good reason to treat former U.S. citizens differently from other non-U.S. citizens. Unless there's reason to believe that a person has avoided taxes while living in the U.S., there should be no penalty for leaving, and unless there's reason to believe that a person will cause trouble when in the country, they should be allowed back in like any other foreigner.
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    Re: What should happen to those who renounce their US citizenship?

    Any truly free society must allow its law-abiding members free exit. As long as all of their back taxes are paid, I don't see a single good reason to treat them differently than any other foreigner. Many politicians, particularly Democrats, like to get all butt-hurt and go on tv to denounce these "Benedict Arnolds" that "turn their back on America." Here's an idea: instead of punishing people who make money overseas, why not reduce the taxes and regulation that drove them out of the country in the first place?
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    Re: What should happen to those who renounce their US citizenship?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    what is the legal status of someone in the USA who has renounced their citizenship?

    that is a good question.
    A foreign visitor, if they re-entered as citizens of another country with a valid passport and visa. An illegal alien if they overstay their welcome. Generally it's between 3 and 6 months at a time depending on their new citizenship.
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    Re: What should happen to those who renounce their US citizenship?

    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkenAsparagus View Post
    Any truly free society must allow its law-abiding members free exit. As long as all of their back taxes are paid, I don't see a single good reason to treat them differently than any other foreigner. Many politicians, particularly Democrats, like to get all butt-hurt and go on tv to denounce these "Benedict Arnolds" that "turn their back on America." Here's an idea: instead of punishing people who make money overseas, why not reduce the taxes and regulation that drove them out of the country in the first place?
    I have a friend who's very torn about renouncing her citizenship or not. The problem with the USA is that it's the only country that taxes citizens no matter where they live and work, even if they haven't been back home in over 20 years. It's utterly ridiculous. My friend currently pays taxes in both Switzerland and the US. Good thing she can more than afford it, but it's still a really stupid system.
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    Re: What should happen to those who renounce their US citizenship?

    all taxes previously owed should be collected. any other funds should be returned to the individual.

    as for visiting the US, the person should have to go through the process that every other foreign citizen has to go through in order to visit. no preferential treatment for former citizens.

    when i was a kid, i read the story "a man without a country." perhaps hyperpartisan hotheads should read it as well.

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