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Defending the Fourteenth Amendment: A Resource Page

The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution—the cornerstone of American civil rights—affirms that, with very few exceptions, all persons born in the U.S. are U.S. citizens, regardless of their parents' citizenship. Restrictionist groups and legislators have persisted in their attempts to restrict or repeal birthright citizenship in State Houses and the U.S. Congress. Over the years, several bills have been introduced that would deny U.S. citizenship to children whose parents are in the U.S. illegally or on temporary visas. 

Basic Facts on Birthright Citizenship:

Policy Experts, Scholars Weigh In:

  • Listen to Michele Waslin (Immigration Policy Center). Margaret Stock (Attorney and Retired Lieutenant Colonel, Military Police Corps, US Army Reserve), Elizabeth Wydra (Constitutional Accountability Center), Eric Ward (Center for New Community), and Bill Ong Hing (University of San Francisco School of Law) discuss the 14th Amendment and Birthright Citizenship here.

Listen to the "Made in America" Telebriefing.

Further Reading:

Published On: Mon, Aug 02, 2010