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The Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment states that "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."  But what is the proper interpretation of this clause?  What does it mean to be "subject to the jurisdiction thereof"?  To what extent can states seek to control or alter birthright citizenship?  Our experts debate these and other questions in this podcast.


  • Dr. John C. Eastman, Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law and Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, Chapman University School of Law
  • Hon. James C. Ho, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and Former Solicitor General of Texas
  • Moderator: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society