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Supreme Court Conservatives Appear to Lean Toward Allowing Citizenship Question on Census

CNN reports that Supreme Court justices were deeply divided yesterday over whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Five former directors of the Census Bureau, who have served under both Democratic and Republican administrations, filed an amicus brief in the case, stating that, “The longstanding view of the Census Bureau—reaffirmed by several recent Census Bureau analyses—is that addition of the [citizenship] question will reduce the accuracy of the population.”

If your born in America Samoa are you a U.S. Citizen at birth?

The DC Circuit upheld the district court, ruling that the Fourteenth Amendment’s Citizenship Clause does not extend birthright citizenship to those born in American Samoa, because the Citizenship Clause is textually ambiguous as to whether “in the United States” encompasses America’s unincorporated territories, and it is “impractical and anomalous” to impose citizenship by judicial fiat where doing so would override the democratic prerogatives of the American Samoan people.

Puerto Rican birth certificates will no longer be accepted as primary proof of U.S. Citizenship for a U.S. Passport book or Passport card

DOS press release that as of 10/30/10, Puerto Rican birth certificates issued prior to 7/1/10 will no longer be accepted as primary proof of U.S. citizenship for a U.S. passport book or passport card.

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