"The suggested policy is straightforward. Simply give Americans the right to sell their citizenships to non-Americans, with the sellers having to leave the country and the buyers allowed to move in with all the rights and opportunities of any other U.S. citizen. Obviously almost all those who sell their citizenship will be poor. But this is not a policy that discriminates against the poor. The choice to sell their citizenship and leave the country is entirely up to them, and it is an option that many poor will refuse. Those who do take advantage of the option, however, will receive far more money than they are ever likely to win buying lottery tickets, and will have no problem getting permission to settle in another country with a much lower cost of living than America's." Well that's a novel approach! However, the author takes the view that citizenship is something you chose in first place, (i.e. like a health club or golf course membership, say) and not something that's imposed on you on by the state. And not mention how "voluntary" such a choice would actually be for the desperately poor.