Recently, a client of mine arrived as a visitor at a US airport with her young child, who happens to be a US citizen. The child's US passport had expired, so the mother presented a valid passport from the child's country of dual citizenship in order for the child to enter the US, after showing the child's expired American passport as proof of US citizenship
The inspecting Customs and Border Protection officer gave the mother an intimidating lecture about the importance of keeping the child's US passport current and then confiscated the child's expired US passport, which could only have made it more difficult to obtain a new one.
With all of the threats that America has to face, it is reassuring to know how vigilant the Department of Homeland Security is about protecting our borders from young American children.
Roger Algase is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been practicing business immigration law in New York City for more than 20 years