I am attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and it is my intention to become a citizen of the United States and to renounce absolutely and forever all allegiances to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty and particularly to VICTOR EMMANUEL III KING OF ITALY, of whom at this time I am a subject, and it is my intention to reside permanently in the United States.
"Reounce absolutely and forever all allegiances to any [...] state": maybe it's just me, but that sure as heck sounds like a renunciation of citizenship. Is it? Or is there a semantic argument that one can renounce their state but not their citizenship?
It was my understanding that most peoples' Italian ancestors who became naturalized Americans did not automatically renounce their Italian citizenship, that you had to go out of your way and specifically do so. But looking at this form--which seems pretty standard--I feel like my ancestor renounced his. Any advice?
Secondly, if he did indeed renounce his citizenship, does that nullify any claim I may have to Italian citizenship? It was my understanding that it would not, because this naturalization (renunciation?) occurred in 1927, over 20 years after he gave birth to the son that is in my direct line.
Thanks in advance!