Birthright Citizenship Is Not Constitutionally Required

It was about removing vestiges of slavery, not regulating aliens.

“That policy is simply this: Children born in the United States should be deemed Americans only if their parents are U.S. persons — that is, either U.S. citizens or lawful-permanent-resident aliens.”

Shortly after the Constitution went into effect, the first Congress enacted a naturalization law. Lawmakers superseded this statute just five years later. Both provisions derived from the Constitution’s grant to the legislature (in Article I, Section 8) of the power “to establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.” That grant, along with these naturalization statutes of 1790 and 1795, edifies us about the Framers’ conception of citizenship, and of the status of aliens and their children….

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