Michel Paradis

Michel Paradis is a senior attorney in the U.S. Dept. of Defense, Military Commissions Defense Organization. He is also a lecturer at Columbia Law School and a fellow at the Center on National Security. The views expressed are his own and do not reflect the position of the U.S. government or any agency or instrumentality thereof.

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Civil Liberties and Constitutional Rights

The National Security Dimension of Birthright Citizenship

Historically, national security benefited from demanding allegiance from anyone within our country's borders. That is one reason why key language in the Fourteenth Amendment was so narrowly crafted. And it is also why ending birthright citizenship will require a constitutional amendment or judicial abandonment of what that language meant when it was written.