It was in 1868 that a definition of citizenship entered the Constitution with the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment. Here is the familiar language: “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.” Thus there are two components to American citizenship: birth or naturalization in the U.S. and being subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Today, we somehow have come to believe that anyone born within the geographical limits of the U.S. is automatically subject to its jurisdiction; but this renders the jurisdiction clause utterly superfluous.It's not superfluous because it applies for foreign ambassadors and others who are not under U.S. jurisdiction because they have diplomatic immunity.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
This is from the National Review and was written by Edward J. Erler:
Posted by Steve J. at 7:49 PM