Trump Admin Clarifies New “Born Overseas” Rule With Policy Update Contradicting Memo Released Yesterday

Courthouse News reports:

The Trump administration announced Wednesday new citizenship rules for some children of U.S. service members serving abroad, creating confusion among legal scholars and immigration attorneys until clarifying late last night. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released an 11-page memo Wednesday that initially implied children of American citizens would no longer have automatic citizenship if born in another country starting on Oct. 29. Instead, parents would have to apply for citizenship on behalf of the child.

Following confusion about the rule and whether children of American citizens would be affected, the agency released a policy manual update later in the day that contradicted parts of the memo released earlier in the day. The new rules affect children of military service members and government workers who are legal U.S. permanent residents but not citizens. They can also affect U.S. citizens who can’t show evidence they lived in the U.S. for a sufficient amount of time.

They’re making it up on the fly depending on the level of outrage generated by the first try.