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definition of an american citizen

Discussion in 'Other Legal Issues' started by thescoop, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. thescoop

    thescoop Law Topic Starter New Member

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    what is the definition of an American citizen?
     
  2. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    You've obviously got something on your mind so why don't you tell us?

    This could be a troll, folks, so let's wait and see before getting involved.
     
  3. mightymoose

    mightymoose Moderator

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    A person born in the US or its territories and subject to the jurisdiction of the US at the time of birth, or a person naturalized or otherwise granted citizenship by an Act of Congress.
    There are various ways to become a citizen that can't be summed up into a quick response, but the above covers the vast majority of it.
    Did you have a more specific question about particular circumstances?

    If this is about birthright citizenship I encourage you to read the majority opinion and dissents in SCOTUS cases US v Wong Kim Ark, and also Elk v Wilkins- particularly the detail given in the Elk case about the jurisdiction clause of the 14th Amendment which has been forgotten over the years.
     

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