Cit­i­zen­ship laws are in the news again. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Michele Bach­mann of Min­nesota acquired, and then quickly renounced, Swiss cit­i­zen­ship. Eduardo Saverin, a founder of Face­book who was born in Brazil and lives in Singapore, gave up his United States cit­i­zen­ship, per­haps to avoid Amer­ican taxes. Anti-​​immigrant activists are claiming that the 14th Amend­ment does not bestow cit­i­zen­ship on chil­dren born in the United States to nonci­t­izen par­ents — even though a cen­tury of jurispru­dence says it does.

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