US Passports Will Say Israel
By Micah Halpern
Thursday October 29, 2020
I've Been Thinking:
It is going to be officially announced soon - maybe you’ve already heard.
The United States, under President Donald J. Trump, will now permit US citizens born in Jerusalem to list the country Israel as their place of birth.
Until now, if a baby, the child of a United States citizen, was born in Jerusalem, their passport would list Jerusalem under “city of birth. And under “country of birth” it would be BLANK.
There would be no country of birth because, according to US policy, Jerusalem was still in question and in doubt.
That ended in December of 2017 when the United States recognized that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel.
This is a slam dunk issue. In 2015 the US Supreme Court ruled that Congress does not have the power to determine foreign policy and recognize capitals. In practical terms, it means that the President of the United States can decide to put Israel on US passports because Jerusalem is indeed located in Israel.
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