Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Immigration Article of the Day: Soil and Citizenship by Linda S. Bosniak


Soil and Citizenship by Linda S. Bosniak, Rutgers University School of Law, Camden March 20, 2014 82 Fordham L. Rev. 101 (2014)

Abstract: The issue of targeted government killing of U.S. citizens within the national territory garnered an intense burst of attention earlier this year when Senator Rand Paul staged a memorable thirteen-hour filibuster during the John Brennan confirmation hearings. The prospect that the government might “kill Americans on American soil” resonated; in fact, it became a raging meme and a source of political panic that galvanized both right and left. Using this Rand Paul filibuster episode as a launching point, my comments address the structure of prevailing normative and legal thought on the subject of status, location, and perceived ethical standing. I conclude that presence in the territory still matters for citizens and citizenship more than conventional accounts tend to recognize.


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