Citizenship For Adopted Immigrant Children

Immigration law is one of the most complex areas of law. For instance, what are the rights of adopted children to become U.S. citizens?

Hint: it is not automatic.

Recently, the case of Anne Kim brought national attention to the issue.

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[Blog Classics] The Anchor Baby Debate: U.S. Citizenship For Children Of Immigrants

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Are immigrants’ offspring, who are born in the United States, entitled to U.S. citizenship?

For nearly 150 years, the matter was settled. The 14th Amendment, ratified in 1868, had resolved the debate.

“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.”

Alas, nothing is sacred in the world of politics.

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