I spend my day helping people come to, or stay in, the United States. (I also watch a lot of old Law and Order re-runs, but only between clients.) Some Americans tend to have a negative view about immigration, even though they make sure to define it as “illegal immigration.” That’s actually an interesting distinction, particularly when there is no current ‘legal’ way to immigrate that doesn’t take years unless, of course, you are a human rights activist from China in which case you can shame the United States into letting you in.
It is therefore strange for me to see someone who, having benefitted from living and working in this country for over a decade, decides to renounce the one thing that most of my clients would pay a king’s ransom for: United States citizenship. Interestingly enough, Edoardo Saverin has renounced his citizenship so that he could keep his own king’s ransom, billions of dollars that fell into his lap as a result of his involvement with Facebook.