Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Oh, those silly laws

The INS must be having a hissy fit. Here they are working as hard as they can to make sure undesireable people don't get into the country. And what happens. Well, Puerto Rico has decieded to give citizenship (can they do that since they are all already US citizens and a terrority) to Ian Snell of the Pirates so that he can pitch for them in the WBC.

And the reason Snell is being given citizenship is because:
he has some Puerto Rican ancestry.

Isn't this getting a little ridiculous. I mean, we all know the acutal laws of the countries don't really count when it comes to giving athletes citizenship in order for someone to play for some country somewhere.

But can't we at least pretend and make an effort and come up with some somewhat, semi-legitmate, semi-reasonable excuse beyond this.

And don't all those people complaining about Obama's place of birth really seem silly now. If he had played sports, it would have never had been an issue.


tHeMARksMiTh said...

Are Puerto Ricans Americans? I mean they're not technically Americans, but they're a territory. So, should they have a team at all? Shouldn't they just play for us? If not, then can Texas have it's own team for being its own country at one time?

Ron Rollins said...

Well, they're US citizens, and they don't pay taxes. But something about the wording gives them the right to be considered a separate country for some things, like international competition.

It's very confusing, like the Delgado situation, when he wouldn't stand for the national anthem. He said he was Puerto Rican, not American. But still accepts his visa free status and all the rights a citizen enjoys without the responsiblity.

Those who refuse to support the state deserve no support from the state.

tHeMARksMiTh said...

Which brings up a slightly off-topic question. In how many countries do you have citizenship?

Ron Rollins said...

Only one. US doesn't recognize dual citizenship. You either are or you aren't.

And diplomatic laws afre even worse about giving citizenship.

I know an American guy married to a British woman who works for the Foregin Ministry. They were stationed at the counsalate in Denver for her job. When their son was born, he was a British citizen and not an American, even though he was born in the states and his father is American.

It's all very confusing. Lots of paperwork, and it depends on who wants what out of you at the time.