A quick and logical argument against birthright citizenship

By Craig Moberg:

The 14th Amendment says:

All 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.

The current disagreement about whether anyone born in the U.S. is automatically a citizen centers on the middle clause of this sentence: “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.”

Those who say it is an open-and-shut case that this amendment confers blanket birthright citizenship claim that this clause simply refers to the fact that anyone within the borders of the U.S. is governed by U.S. law, interpreting “jurisdiction” as meaning simply “legal jurisdiction.” But let’s look at this idea and whether it really makes sense.

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