U.S. v. WONG KIM ARK(1898) | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

U.S. v. WONG KIM ARK(1898)

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This is the Supreme Court case which established the principle of birthright citizenship. It is worth noting that the requirement for citizenship established in this decision was that the baby be born in the United States and be subject to its jurisdiction. It could be argued that people who enter the country illegally are not subject to its jurisdiction (or they would not be here) and thus the babies they produce here do not qualify for citizenship.

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