Selma in Sandy Eggo wrote:I don't actually think we should change the citizenship law to exclude some of the children born here from citizenship. It's a constitutional provision, it's clear and simple, and I think it's best left alone. There are both disadvantages and advantages to changing or not changing the law: that being the case I'd prefer to stay with the simple rule.
As matters now stand, a child born here to nonresident aliens is a citizen of the US but does not give the parents any right to stay here to raise that child.
In our case, the child, being a citizen, can bring its parents in later under family re-unification provisions. Along with his sisters & his cousins & his aunts (or so it seems to us).
Also, NZ citizenship gives automatic right of entry to Australia, with the right to work. There are some provisos to that, notably in the matter of criminal convictions, but the general case is that a NZ passport-holder can work & live in Australia without question.