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US Supreme Court bars favouring mothers over fathers in citizenship cases

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that unwed mothers and fathers cannot be treated in different ways. The ruling concerned Luis Ramon Morales-Santana born in the Dominican Republic to an American father and non-American mother. After convictions for robbery, attempted murder and other crimes, federal authorities sought to deport him, and he sought US citizenship. He was denied such citizenship because of the discrepancy of the rules at the time, which required fathers to have spent 10 and mothers 1 years in the United States prior to the child’s birth. The current law also favours mothers over fathers.

Read the text in the New York Times.

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