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Are the kids of illegals still legal?

For more than a century, the rules governing U.S. citizenship have included a straightforward rule (with rare exception): A person born within the country’s borders is an American citizen.<br />

For more than a century, the rules governing U.S. citizenship have included a straightforward rule (with rare exception): A person born within the country’s borders is an American citizen.


That tenet is now under attack as part of the fight over illegal immigration. What had been a simmering academic debate has moved in recent weeks into the political arena, with Republicans in Congress questioning whether the children of illegal aliens should be afforded citizenship and state lawmakers preparing to force the issue into the courts.

 
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