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The Historical and Constitutional Underpinnings of Birthright Citizenship

March 31, 2011, 12:00pm ET - 1:30pm ET

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On the first day of the 112th Congress, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives seeking to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to "clarify" which classes of U.S.-born children are citizens of the United States at birth. Representative King's bill reflects his assertion that the 14th Amendment does not guarantee citizenship at birth for U.S.-born children of temporary or undocumented immigrants. House Judiciary Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) agrees, and has declared his intention to hold hearings on the subject. Federal legislators are not the only ones to get into the mix. On January 5, a group of state legislators launched their own challenge to the 14th Amendment at a press conference in Washington where they announced their plans to pass state laws that would ultimately trigger a Supreme Court ruling on the issue.

On March 31, 2011, the American Constitution Society and the Center for American Progress will bring together leading thinkers to discuss current challenges to birthright citizenship and provide historical perspective to the debate about what the 14th Amendment guarantees.

Featured panelists:
Elizabeth Wydra, Chief Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center
Garrett Epps, Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law
James C. Ho, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, former Solicitor General of Texas
Linda Chavez, Chairman, Center for Equal Opportunity

Moderator:
Sam Fulwood III, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

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Location

Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC20005

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