Celebrating Black History Month! A lecture on the African American activists and birthright citizenship
It’s Black History Month! In celebration of this important month, the Center for Immigration Law, Policy and Justice and the Association of Black Law Students will host a lecture by Professor Martha Jones, Ph. D. on Wednesday, February 6th, from 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm.
Professor Jones will discuss her book, Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and rights in Antebellum America. Professor of Law, Elise Boddie, a former director of litigation for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund will provide comments with her expertise in constitutional law. Birthright Citizens explores the triumphs of African American activist in terms of achieving greater citizenship rights through legislation as well as how the fourteenth amendment constitutionalized the birthright principle.
Today, the debate over birthright citizenship continues. In July of 2018, Michael Anton, a former senior national security official in the Trump administration wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post opposing birthright citizenship. Only days prior to the midterm elections, President Donald Trump said in an interview with AXIOS that he plans to sign an executive order that would nullify birthright citizenship. Although he never passed such an executive order, the debate regarding the right to birthright citizenship continues. Professor Martha Jones’s lecture offers a helpful context to our contemporary understanding of birthright citizenship.
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