Only U.S. Citizens The right to enter the United States
Considering renouncing US citizenship? If you commit #citizide, how does that affect your right to enter/visit the USA? How/why does your citizenship matter? About #ESTA @ExpatriationLaw addresses this issue in the @TaxLinked US S. 877A Exit Tax Webinar https://t.co/abmvxl4iq1
— John Richardson – lawyer for "U.S. persons" abroad (@ExpatriationLaw) December 13, 2018
Considering renouncing US citizenship? #citizide – US citizens have the right to enter the USA on demand: "Canadian cannabis investor gets lifetime U.S. entry ban as conference goers face scrutiny at border" https://t.co/VpLouY6ok3 via @nationalpost
— John Richardson – lawyer for "U.S. persons" abroad (@ExpatriationLaw) December 6, 2018
U.S. citizenship has its privileges and its obligations
As the message in the above tweet indicates, ONLY U.S. citizens have the right to enter the United States.
Because U.S. citizens have the right to enter the United States, U.S. citizens are required to enter the United States on a U.S. passport. (The U.S. passport tells the border guard that the individual has the right to enter the United States.) The Immigration and Nationality Act states:
Except as otherwise provided by the President and subject to such limitations and exceptions as the President may authorize and prescribe, it shall be unlawful for any citizen of the United States to depart from or enter, or attempt to depart from or enter, the United States unless he bears a valid United States passport.
The border guard does not have the authority to deny entry to a U.S. citizen.
Non-citizens and admission to the United States – Tell me who you are and I will tell you whether you can enter
Non-citizens do NOT have the right to enter the United States. For non-citizens, entry into the United States is governed by the Immigration and Nationality Act and an apparatus of rules and regulations. Different rules and regulations apply to citizens of different countries. When you cease to be a U.S. citizen, you will be treated according to your citizenship/nationality.
Let’s consider four categories of individuals.