I became an American citizen through legal if unusual means. It wasn’t by right of birth. I was born in Perth, Western Australia. Nor was it through some significant financial investment as some do — a rather elite method of ingress I never hear folks complain about. Instead, I came into this country as an immigrant via more obscure means.
My parents immigrated to the United States in 1990 when my Aussie-born father was simply hired directly to a Baptist church in Greenville, South Carolina. This fundamentalist congregation was allowed to employ whomever they felt qualified due to a religious freedom clause in the immigration regulations. And that’s not limited to positions for ministers, but is available to anyone the church wishes to employ full-time. Technically, I
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