Friday, August 6, 2010

Born in the USA!

Adding fire to the already intense debate over immigration, some groups are now advocating a change in the law regarding the most common source of citizenship, birth in the United States.  At issue is the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.  Adopted in 1868, this Amendment states in part that, "[a]ll persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."  Some proponents of a change in the law argue that a new amendment is necessary.  Others suggest that perhaps this part of the 14th Amendment has been misinterpreted from the beginning.

Read two of NPR's informative discussions of the issue:
Or check out an in-depth discussion of the case law dealing with this issue on AILA's Blog.

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