• March 6th, 2016

What is a citizen

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What is a citizen? 70% of students will successfully research and evaluate a proposed “birthright citizenship” of the 14th Amendment, and its potential impact on American society.

Activity for Assessment:

There are many individuals and groups that propose constitutional change, and one popular voice, George Will, has suggested a change in how we view citizenship.

Read the following two articles: https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/26/AR2010032603077.html

And

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=birth%20tourism

As is, the 14th Amendment allows for automatic natural-born citizen status for anyone born on U.S. soil. With the U.S. being considered a destination for “birth tourism”, should the 14th Amendment be reinterpreted to force more strict requirements for citizenship?

•Research “birth tourism”. Which areas in the U.S. are seeing the most birth tourism? From which countries are we seeing most activity?
•Research how birth tourism impacts (or may impact) our system and resources.
•Finally, based on your research, what are your thoughts about this issue?

◦Do you believe the 14th Amendment should be reinterpreted to require one parent be an American citizen? Why or why not?
◦Do you believe U.S. citizenship should be harder to come by? Why or why not.

 

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