Sen. Sherman Seeks New Dual-Citizenship Amendments

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Senator H. Varney Gboto-Nambi Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County

The Plenary of the Liberian Senate has mandated its Statutory Committee to review and subsequently report to Plenary within two weeks, a new amendment to the Alien and Nationality Law as prayed for by Grand Cape Mount County Senator, Cllr. Varney Sherman.

Senator Sherman, who chairs the Senate Committee on Judiciary, has petitioned the Plenary of the Liberian Senate to amend section 20.1 (b) and for repeal of Section 21.31 of the Alien and Nationality Law.

In his communication Thursday, April 22, 2021, to the Plenary of the Liberian Senate, the Grand cape Mount Senator said that section 20.1(b) of the Alien and Nationality law provides entitlement of citizenship to a person born outside of Liberia whose father (i) was born a citizen of Liberia; (ii) was a citizen of Liberia at the time of the birth of such child; and (iii) had resided in outside of Liberia whose MOTHER had qualifications similar to what is provided in this law.

According to him, Article 11 (b) and (c) of the Liberian Constitution discriminates against a person born of a Liberian Mother in violation of the equal protection clauses.

Therefore, senator Sherman petitioned the plenary that Section 20.1 (b) of the alien and Nationality Law be amended to provide to a person born outside of Liberia of a Liberian Mother the same right to Liberian Citizenship as a person born outside of Liberia of a Liberian father.  After the communication was read by the secretary of the Senate, a motion was made by Montserrado County Senator for said Communication to be forwarded to a Joint Committee on Judiciary and the Foreign Affairs to report in two weeks as of April 22, 2021. 

The report of the Joint Committee will inform the position of the Senate.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Great amendment, but you guys need to explain all of these to the Liberia people to enable them vote right next time. And please, call a new referendum as soon as possible, maybe next year to allow dual citizenship in Liberia.

    Add this one for me Senator:
    Make provisions for Liberians in the diaspora to be able to vote in all presidential elections in all countries around the world where there are at least one thousand (1,000) registered Liberians.
    Liberians in the diaspora must partake in choosing their presidents and vice presidents, please!

  2. It seems Sen. Sherman and others behind this dual citizenship quest don’t know what they are doing, with the multiple of reasons they advance for their agenda. One minute they say the justification for seeking dual citizenship for Liberians is because, “once a Liberian, always a Liberian.” It makes you wonder whether Varney Sherman is really a Harvard law school graduate as is claimed, or he’s just a dull lawyer?

    On his famous claim, “Once a Liberian always a Liberian,” read what Article 28 of the Liberian constitution says on that baseless claim. I draw your attention to especially the last sentence in this arfticle:

    Article 28:

    Any person, at least one of whose parents was a citizen of
    Liberia at the time of the person’s birth, shall be a citizen of
    Liberia; provided that any such person shall upon reaching
    maturity renounce any other citizenship acquired by virtue of
    one parent being a citizen of another country. No citizen of the
    Republic shall be deprived of citizenship or nationality except
    as provided by law; and no person shall be denied the right to
    change citizenship or nationality.

    Hence, if “no person shall be denied the right to change citizenship or nationality,” then how come the vernable Cllr. Sherman insists with this implausible banality that a Liberian has no right to change their citizenship with this “once a Liberian, always a Liberian?”

    The decision to choose the citizenship of another country over that of ones original citizenship is no light or simple matter, neither is it imposed on any such convert. That decision is well thought out and the beneficiary even furnished with documents to read for months, sometimes followed by test before the successful applicant is granted the citizenship. Consider also the fact that Liberians fled and some repatriated to so many countries during our civil war. But how come only Liberians who settled in the US and few European countries abandoned their Liberian citizenship? In other words, how come Liberians who settled in various African countries did not trash their Liberian citizenship for those other countries’?

    That goes to show there is something especially more attractive about the US and western countries for which Liberians would even choose to renounce their birthrights for those other countries. It couldn’t be therefore be because the privilege was imposed on anyone. And don’t let anyone such traitors tell you they did it for whatever benefits? One can be a greencard holder in America, for example, and enjoy so many benefits besides voting like any citizen. So that excuse is just what it is, an excuse and a farce at that.

    What makes the American citizenship even more despicable is the fact the subscribers are made to renounce or troune their birth citizenship! And when you consider the fact that the US will not even recognize this so-called dual citizenship in the event of any legal tussle over any of those “dualists,” then it goes to say this whole thing is just about bragging right for those who want to eat their cakes and have it at the same time. Hence, no to dual citizenship today, tomorrow and forever! After all Liberia has survived all along with or without remittances, their weapon of choice. As an alernative, we can always resort to the IMF/WB, if push comes to shove.

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