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Hailing from the US and traveling the world, everyone has something to say about America. Lately it has been Trump.
Here’s a bit of trivia I learned today.
I was waiting through a 2-hour delay for my 20-minute flight from Togo to Benin when I started chatting with a Ghanaian who works in the oil industry, returning from a stint in Equatorial Guinea.
His English was impeccable and he said he was born in the US. He had earlier asked about honeymoon destinations, so I said, “With a US passport, you can…”
He said, “No. I am not a US citizen. My parents were diplomats at the Ghana Embassy in Washington.”
It turns out that children born of accredited diplomats in the US are not US citizens and have no track to naturalize. A quirk of diplomatic immunity.
Each US visa he gets shows place of birth, “Washington, DC,” and when he enters the US he is invariably asked to show his US passport, as even CPB officers are not familiar with this.
That’s my trivia of the day and surprised I retain it as I thought my brain fully melted from the 2-hour drive in Togo dodging motorcycles, and from the heat of the wait and arrival to steamy Benin. I walked to the Best Western Plus Nobila Airport Hotel, had a double cheeseburger at the attached Steers (hey, it’s what the locals eat!) and collapsed in bed for the afternoon.