Top 89 Citizenship Quotes

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“Tremendous changes are taking place in our country, eradicating the concept of second-class citizenship.”

― Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

“Twenty five percent of Israeli citizens are not even Jewish. Anybody can become an Israeli citizen if you qualify. Religion is not a criterion for citizenship.”

― Alan Dershowitz

“In Puerto Rico, we continue to see the perpetuation of second-class citizenship in the United States.”

― Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“Some Americans question Donald Trump’s legitimacy as president. Others are angry any questioning occurs. Let’s not forget that one of Donald Trump’s claims to fame was precisely such questioning. He openly doubted the legitimacy – more than that, the citizenship – of President Barack Obama.”

― Ana Navarro

“I have dual citizenship, it just so happens I live in America.”

― Anthony Hopkins

“I love my country. And I would have to renounce my Spanish citizenship to become a U.S. Citizen.”

― Antonio Banderas

“In the U.S., those requesting a Green Card must take an oath that they will fulfill the rights and duties of citizenship.”

― Avigdor Lieberman

“Although my stance on responsible citizenship made sense to many Israelis, the intelligentsia could not, as you say in English, get their heads around it. ‘Racist’ and ‘fascist’ were the knee-jerk reactions.”

― Avigdor Lieberman

“Play with Spain? I think that’s already closed, but even so, I opt for France because I’m French. I don’t have dual citizenship, and I’m not going to ask for it.”

― Aymeric Laporte

“The test of good citizenship is loyalty to country.”

― Bainbridge Colby

“The social and industrial structure of America is founded upon an enlightened citizenship.”

― Bainbridge Colby

“No, I do not have dual citizenship with Israel. I’m an American.”

― Ben Cardin

“I am a naturalized U.S. citizen, which means that, unlike native-born citizens, I had to prove to the U.S. government that I merited citizenship.”

― Bharati Mukherjee

“Foreigners may be admitted to citizenship by naturalization, either collectively or individually. Collective naturalization may occur when a foreign territory and its inhabitants are transferred to the United States.”

― Charles A. Beard

“I strongly support not just citizenship classes but also teaching children how the law works and the many ways it affects their lives.”

― Cherie Blair

“I may have made a mistake in renouncing my Canadian citizenship, which I have never ceased to promise to try to regain.”

― Conrad Black

“Yes, Europe needs to be more welcoming, but that’s only half of it. Muslims need to embrace the obligations of European residence and citizenship.”

― David Ignatius

“Modernity has been largely shaped for Jews by three momentous experiences: the acquisition of citizenship by individual Jews in secular nation-states, the destruction of one-third of Jewry in the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel.”

― David Novak

“Conservatives forget that citizenship is more than a thing to withhold from immigrants. Progressives forget it’s more than a set of rights.”

― Eric Liu

“Republicans say they want citizenship to truly mean something. Let’s be equal-opportunity about it and test everyone, including those very Republicans and others whose forbears came here generations ago.”

― Eric Liu

“If there’s amnesty leading to citizenship, I’m going to vote against it again.”

― Frank Wolf

“Hospitals must provide emergency treatment to all who walk through the door, regardless of their citizenship status or ability to pay.”

― Gary Miller

“I have never concealed my dual citizenship. People involved in state business should probably declare their dual citizenship if they have it.”

― Gennady Timchenko

“Is it unreasonable to have proof of citizenship when entering another country?”

― Gwen Ifill

“There’s no such thing as second class citizenship. That’s like telling me you can be a little bit pregnant.”

― H. Rap Brown

“In the midst of applying for American citizenship, of finally attempting to get my presidents in a row, I felt it incumbent upon myself to explore the national psyche in every way.”

― Hamish Bowles

“And we’ll build a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy!”

― Hillary Clinton

“I still passionately support comprehensive immigration reform legislation with a path to full and equal citizenship.”

― Hillary Clinton

“The right of every American to first-class citizenship is the most important issue of our time.”

― Jackie Robinson

“Therefore one should speak at the same time of national citizenship and wider European citizenship.”

― Jacques Delors

“I’ve always found the rhetoric of mainstream civil rights leaders and organizations to be far too timid, accommodationist, and gradualist. It always seemed to me that they behaved like meek and gentle supplicants begging the oppressor for a few crumbs of justice, for a few molecules of citizenship rights.”

― James Meredith

“Nothing could be more insulting to me than the concept of civil rights. It means perpetual second-class citizenship for me and my kind.”

― James Meredith

“No other country on earth could have provided such tremendous opportunities and we should never take the privilege of our citizenship for granted.”

― Jane D. Hull

“There should be a pathway to citizenship – not a special pathway and not no pathway.”

― Jason Chaffetz

“Citizenship consists in the service of the country.”

― Jawaharlal Nehru

“To provide a welcoming path to citizenship for immigrants and to restore our civil liberties, our foreign policy platform is very important.”

― Jill Stein

“Humanity does not come with citizenship or a green card.”

― Joe Kennedy III

“I have dual citizenship; I would be happy to go to England. I would be very happy to go to America.”

― John McAfee

“Although I am losing my Soviet citizenship, I do not cease to be a Russian poet.”

― Joseph Brodsky

“I’m Colombian-American. My father wanted me to have American citizenship, but he wanted to raise me in Colombia.”

― Kali Uchis

“Before swearing in new citizens, immigration officials check to make sure prospective citizens weren’t on voter rolls or voted before achieving legal citizenship. A citizenship petition can be denied if they were.”

― Kate Brown

“Arizona is in the midst of a fiscal crisis. We’ve cut school funding. And they pass a bill questioning Obama’s citizenship? For real?”

― Kyrsten Sinema

“Although an increasing proportion of the Hispanic population is foreign-born – about half of adults in this group – English proficiency is and should remain a requirement for citizenship.”

― Linda Chavez

“French citizenship should be either inherited or merited.”

― Marine Le Pen

“Citizenship is a tough occupation which obliges the citizen to make his own informed opinion and stand by it.”

― Martha Gellhorn

“I really couldn’t come out until after I got my citizenship, because it was a disclaim – back then, it could have been a disqualifier. I could have been denied my U.S. citizenship because I was gay. So I didn’t – I stayed quiet.”

― Martina Navratilova

“I’m not American. I still have my Japanese citizenship.”

― Masi Oka

“We need to discuss the basis of a new form of trust built on a meaningful form of citizenship appropriate for a republic.”

― Michael D. Higgins

“I have dual citizenship with Italy.”

― Milo Ventimiglia

“I have no interest in Israeli citizenship… Israel does not want me, nor do I want Israel.”

― Mordechai Vanunu

“On the other hand, the vast majority of all westernized countries, including every single European country along with Israel and Japan, do not offer birthright citizenship.”

― Nathan Deal

“Bernie Sanders supports offering a pathway to citizenship for immigrants already in the U.S. and halting deportations for almost 9 million hardworking undocumented fathers and mothers.”

― Nicholas Gonzalez

“We all need to call upon our lawmakers to create a path to citizenship for hard-working, law-abiding undocumented people and their families.”

― Nico Santos

“President Bush said that if illegal immigrants want citizenship, they’d have to do three things: pay taxes, hold meaningful jobs, and learn English. Bush doesn’t meet those qualifications.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.”

― Patrick Henry

“The MAVNI program allows citizenship to be granted to any enlistee who serves one day of wartime service.”

― Paul Gosar

“Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 of the Constitution grants Congress clear jurisdiction with regard to U.S. citizenship and immigration matters.”

― Paul Gosar

“After four centuries of Spanish rule, Puerto Rico was ceded to the United States in 1898. Residents were granted U.S. citizenship in 1917, and the federal government has allowed Puerto Rico to exercise authority over its local affairs in a manner similar to the 50 states.”

― Pedro Pierluisi

“It’s not the physical location of birth that defines citizenship, but whether your parents are citizens, and the express or implied consent to jurisdiction of the sovereign.”

― Phyllis Schlafly

“Becoming a resident of a state may confer the right to get a driver’s license, but it does not and should not confer citizenship.”

― Phyllis Schlafly

“Birth on U.S. territory has never been an absolute claim to citizenship.”

― Phyllis Schlafly

“Citizenship and ethnicity can become, in certain contexts, restrictive, and perhaps that’s one reason I was interested in people who feel compelled to mask their origins and thereby circumvent the restrictions.”

― Rachel Kushner

“There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship.”

― Ralph Nader

“Over the years, dozens of American companies have filed papers to trade in their U.S. corporate citizenship for citizenship in tax haven countries like Bermuda.”

― Richard Neal

“I see little difference in the attitudes of those who consider themselves Christian and those who are openly secular and agnostic. Most Christian citizenship appears to be clearly right here – on this little bit of very unreal estate.”

― Richard Rohr

“Elections remind us not only of the rights but the responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy.”

― Robert Kennedy

“Since the days of Greece and Rome, when the word ‘citizen’ was a title of honor, we have often seen more emphasis put on the rights of citizenship than on its responsibilities.”

― Robert Kennedy

“Even if there’s no way to stop U.S. corporations from shedding their U.S. identities and becoming foreign corporations, there’s no reason they should retain the privileges of U.S. citizenship.”

― Robert Reich

“I didn’t give up my citizenship to create and run a news organization.”

― Roger Ailes

“Republicans and Democrats are obsessed with making sure that illegal aliens are granted citizenship. The American people are not. They’re concerned about jobs, the economy, debt. They’re concerned about a plundering country. They’re concerned about a decaying, dying country.”

― Rush Limbaugh

“I have dual citizenship.”

― Simone Biles

“Citizenship must be precious, not handed out like candy in a parade. We don’t ride along and throw out citizenship like you do M&M’s or Tootsie Rolls or whatever it is we’re tossing out in our parades.”

― Steve King

“This bill, this badly named ENLIST Act, would put out the advertisement that says, ‘Sneak into America. Sneak into the military, and that’s going to be the most expeditious path to American citizenship and the whole smorgasbord of benefits that come from American citizenship.’”

― Steve King

“Rahul Gandhi cannot be a prime minister because he is a citizen of Britain, and his Indian citizenship will be cancelled; he won’t even be an MP.”

― Subramanian Swamy

“I have applied for Israeli citizenship, which makes playing overseas a bit easier.”

― Sue Bird

“Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick.”

― Susan Griffin

“There are an awful lot of people who despise government precisely because it opened the door for common citizenship for people of all races and all natures in the United States.”

― Taylor Branch

“No group of our citizens can be denied the right to participate in the opportunities of first-class citizenship.”

― Terry Sanford

“The Holocaust illustrates the consequences of prejudice, racism and stereotyping on a society. It forces us to examine the responsibilities of citizenship and confront the powerful ramifications of indifference and inaction.”

― Tim Holden

“I will join the fight for the DREAM Act that will create a pathway to citizenship for our Dreamers.”

― Tina Smith

“Trump wants to repeal birthright citizenship for children of illegal aliens, so Fox has joined conventional liberal opinion in opposing it. Welcome to Fox’s My Spin Zone.”

― Tom Tancredo

“Relegating women to second-class citizenship was abolished when Jesus died on the cross.”

― Tony Campolo

“Women have the same privileges and opportunities as men, given the New Testament. Relegating women to second-class citizenship was abolished when Jesus died on the cross.”

― Tony Campolo

“When millions of law-abiding people achieve citizenship, our communities benefit, and the U.S. economy grows and strengthens.”

― Tony Cardenas

“The Russian Federation’s practice of instant citizenship, whereby Russian passports are distributed willy-nilly to ethnic Russians abroad so they can be ‘protected’ in their current homeland, is unacceptable. Passports are travel documents, not a tool to justify aggression.”

― Toomas Hendrik Ilves

“Suffrage is a common right of citizenship. Women have the right of suffrage. Logically it cannot be escaped.”

― Victoria Woodhull

“I think citizenship should count for something… and it really counts for nothing.”

― Virgil Goode

“Jordan is the only Arab state that has provided citizenship to Palestinian refugees and integrated them. But something has to be done about the Palestinians living in refugee camps in Syria and Lebanon.”

― Walter Russell Mead

“The United States, you know, people – one of the reasons that it is said that native people received citizenship in 1924 was so that they could be drafted. And they have been extensively drafted.”

― Winona LaDuke
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