By Reuben Sei Waylaun
The Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA) has joined those calling for the enactment of the Dual citizenship Bill currently before members of the Liberian senate.
ULAA is the umbrella group of Liberians and their various organizations in the Americas. ULAA is a voluntary, nonprofit and non-governmental organization formed on July 4, 1974 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America. The mission of ULAA is to advance the just causes of Liberians and Liberia at home and abroad.
The Dual Citizenship Bill has since been introduced by Grand Cape Mount County Senator Varney Sherman who has been soliciting the support of his colleagues to have the Bill passed.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday at the Capitol Building, the chairman of the Board of Directors of ULAA, George Toto said it is their hope that the senators will join their colleague in championing the cause for their people.
Toto said for him he is specifically interested in ‘Natural Born Liberians’ who are out of the country. According to him, some of those Liberians left the country for education and refuge and shouldn’t be denied by the law.
“We aren’t talking about non-negroes, we are talking about natural born Liberians. We are advocating for this Bill to pass and we will go into villages and towns to inform our people about the importance of this Bill and why it should be passed,” Toto said.
Toto indicated that every country has rules and regulations when it comes to dual citizens, and as such, they are fully aware.
“We will implement what on the book. Even in America, there are rules and regulations when it comes to dual citizenship,” he added.
It can be recalled the chambers of the Liberian turned into a discordant scene when a report on Dual Citizenship from the Senate’s Committee on Judiciary was introduced by Senator Varney Sherman.
The lawmakers are providing different opinions on calls by President George Manneh Weah to revisit laws on citizenship, property ownership, and law to make people of non-Negro descent citizens of Liberia.