"Your argument is demeaning the priceless value of citizenship," said U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy during oral arguments Wednesday. "You're arguing for the government of the United States, talking about what citizenship is and ought to mean."
Anyone who has had to navigate the court system here in the U.S., whether for a civil or criminal matter at the state or federal level, knows firsthand just how mystifying the experience can prove to be.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has been directed to begin processing visa applications for same-sex spouses in the standard way that such visas would be handled for heterosexual spouses of U.S. citizens. Kerry announced the change, which is the result of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in US v. Windsor which invalidated the federal Defense of Marriage Act, while on a diplomatic trip to London.
In the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on an immigration case, the judges purposefully omitted the words "illegal immigrants" and "illegal aliens," and opted for a more humanistic language approach to our immigration law. The court used words like "removable alien" and "undocumented worker" and "foreign national" instead.