In a recent interview with Obinna, Bernice Saroni candidly admitted to taking advantage of US citizenship laws to secure American citizenship for all four of her children.
Her journey from Kenya to the United States and the strategic steps she took to ensure her children’s citizenship status shed light on her determination and the lengths to which she was willing to go for her family.
Bernice Saroni’s story began when she moved to the United States at the age of 12 to be with her father, who was already an American citizen.
“I went to the States when I was 12 when my mom passed away. My dad was living in the States, he was a citizen. He filed for me, so I went to the States with a green card,” Saroni explained.
What made her story unique was her deliberate plan to have all four of her children born in the United States, thereby granting them automatic American citizenship.
“My kids were born there; they are citizens by birth,” she proudly shared during the interview.
Despite her marriage being based in Kenya, she would travel to the US when she was eight months pregnant, give birth there, and return to Kenya with her newborns when they were two months old.
Obinna, the interviewer, was understandably astonished and asked, “You did that for all four of them?” To which Bernice Saroni confidently responded, “Yes.”
She also disclosed that her ex-husband, in an act of support, paid for her flights, even booking business-class tickets. This revelation painted a picture of the extent to which she and her family were invested in her children’s future.
Saroni’s actions were perfectly legal, thanks to Amendment XIV, Section 1, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution, which grants U.S. citizenship to anyone born within the country’s borders, regardless of their parents’ citizenship status.
However, her journey wasn’t without its challenges. She relocated to the United States with her children after her marriage hit a rough patch due to her ex-husband’s infidelity.
The children, accustomed to a more lavish lifestyle in Kenya, experienced culture shock when they arrived in the U.S., finding themselves in a modest two-bedroom apartment. Yet, as time went on, they adjusted to their new life and even began to appreciate it.
Saroni explained that she works as a businesswoman, a promoter, and a nurse in the U.S., refuting claims that she works as a trailer driver. Her multifaceted career showcases her determination to provide for her family and ensure her children’s well-being.