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American by Birth: The Story of Birthright Citizenship in the United States
American citizens are either born that way or made so by naturalization. The United States has generally considered those born on U.S. soil as its citizens. The 14th Amendment declared that “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States,” extending this principle for former slaves and their heirs. Many constitutional scholars argue that US birthright citizenship is long settled, and that the landmark Supreme Court case, U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark (1898) confirmed this understanding. However, there are those who have looked to reverse that protection and who read the Constitution differently. Join Richter Professor Carol Nackenoff as she takes us from the Wong Kim Ark case to more recent discussions of birthright citizenship.

Mar 18, 2021 08:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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