Al Franken on Immigration
DFL Jr Senator (MN)
In 1907, during the rush of European immigration to the US, Congress stripped citizenship from any American woman who married a foreigner. The little-known Expatriation Act stayed on the books until 1940.
Franken would like the Senate to offer, through legislation, its sympathy and regret for passing a law "antithetical to the core principle that all persons, regardless of gender, race, religion, or ethnicity, are created equal."
Franken's office first learned of this blemish in US history from a constituent who was seeking posthumous citizenship for his grandmother. She lost hers when she married a Swedish man in 1914. Franken couldn't accomplish that, so is seeking an official apology as the next best thing.
The Senate doesn't make a habit of seeking absolution, but this would not be the first time it's formally recognized mistakes from America's past.
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