Massachusetts residents might be interested in a recent development in U.S. immigration law that could make it easier for some to assert citizenship. A provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act is now subject to a new interpretation that could make citizens of the children of Americans, even if those children were conceived using donor eggs and sperm and born outside the U.S.
The previous interpretation of the law had caused problems for American parents who made use of assisted reproductive technology to have a child if it was born on foreign soil. For example, a woman who conceives with a donor egg may not have the biological link to the child that had previously been necessary to establish citizenship for the child. The law was originally designed to prevent fraud in the immigration process, according to an immigration attorney and advocate of the change, but until now it has failed to take into account the rapid advancements in reproductive medicine.