Debate Over "Birthright Citizenship" Opens Historical Wounds

In May, I wrote about efforts by some state legislators and members of Congress to deny US citizenship to children born in the United States to parents lacking proof of legal US residency.  Now, a prominent Republican Senator, Lindsey Graham, has rankled members of his own party and even prominent anti-immigration activists by suggesting it's time to change the 14th amendment  to the Constitution, which guarantees citizenship to people "born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof."   ...more
You are mistaken. You are required to have your driver's license when driving. Otherwise, we are ...more

The Right to Bear Arms in Your Home: McDonald v. City of Chicago

Boys and Weapons My Darling Boys seem to turn everyth...more

Lawmakers Move to Deny Citizenship to US-Born Children of Undocumented Immigrants

If a small but vocal group of state and congressional lawmakers have their way, being born in the United States will no longer guarantee American citizenship. These legislators want to require that parents prove that they are in the US legally before their American-born children will be issued birth certificates.  ...more

Nordette, thanks for the additional historical context.

Melissa, I suspect that you are ...more

The Iowa Supreme Court Decision & Same Sex Marriage

Back in December, I wrote, Gay Marriage is a Human Right, Not a Religious Issue and rooted my argument in the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution and then to a lesser extend, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with its provision that marriage and procreation are fundamental human rights.  ...more

I don't think it's an accident that this court made this opinion "cert proof".  For ...more

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