USA Today Editorial Board
Ratified in 1868 in the wake of the Civil War, the Constitution’s 14th Amendment is abundantly clear: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.”
Thirty years later, the amendment was challenged after Congress passed a law to exclude Chinese immigrants. The Supreme Court heldthat the amendment confers automatic citizenship on anyone born in the USA. Through multiple waves of immigration since then, it has faced no serious challenge.