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Foreign born Americans
are citizens of the United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...
who were not yet citizens at the moment of birth and thus were born outside the country. This category excludes children of US military citizens who were born in military bases outside the United States because those newborn babies are citizens at birth due to the status of their parents.
While the term immigrant
is currently reserved to natural aliens (as opposed to alien corporations) in the United States in the current immigration debate—as in the approved term undocumented immigrant
in lieu of illegal alien
In law, an alien is a person in a country who is not a citizen of that country.-Categorization:Types of "alien" persons are:*An alien who is legally permitted to remain in a country which is foreign to him or her. On specified terms, this kind of alien may be called a legal alien of that country...
-- before the recent controversy over the mainly Mexican migrants, the term immigrant would apply to foreign born Americans because had they been born in America, they would be native born. Thus, all foreign born Americans logically must have travelled from abroad to arrive in the United States. Therefore they are all immigrants. Many are classified as 'permanent residents' who reside legally as Green Card
Green card may refer to:* Permanent residence , known informally as a green card* Green Card , a 1990 movie whose title refers to the American document above...
- Native born Americans
- Foreign-born African Americans
Foreign-born Afro Americans are Americans who are not born in the United States but are of Afro-American descent or have assimilated into Afro American society. Foreign-born Afro Americans have slave ancestry and are sometimes of direct Afro American descent. The difference between African...
- European Americans