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Your passport does not belong to you.

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Your passport is the property of the issuing government. Several circumstances exist under which authorities can cancel or confiscate your U.S. passport, or the State Department can refuse to issue or renew it:

  • If a federal court has issued a warrant for your arrest
  • If a federal or state court has ordered you not to leave the United States
  • If another country has requested your extradition
  • If you owe more than $2,500 in delinquent child support payments
  • If doubts arise about the legitimacy of your birthplace or naturalization as a U.S. citizen.

Even if none of these criteria apply, the list of reasons for the United States to confiscate or non-renew your passport is increasing:

  • The 2012 Highway Funding Bill eventually signed by President Obama contained a provision that would confiscate the passport of anyone with a “seriously delinquent tax debt.
  • In 2011, the State Department proposed a new “Biographical Questionnaire” that, if approved, you might have to complete to receive a passport. Among numerous other intrusive questions, the State Department wanted to know “if there were any religious or institutional recoding of your birth or event occurring around the time of birth (Example: baptism, circumcision, confirmation or other religious ceremony).”
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Written by opinionoregon

April 9, 2013 at 2:58 pm