Sunday, June 2, 2019

Today in Immigration History

Photo via Library of Virginia

Ninety-five years ago today, President Calvin Coolidge signed into law the Indian Citizenship Act, which stated:

That all non citizen Indians born within the territorial limits of the United States be, and they are hereby, declared to be citizens of the United States: Provided That the granting of such citizenship shall not in any manner impair or otherwise affect the right of any Indian to tribal or other property.

The statute is presented codified at 8 U.S.C. § 1401(b).

Every year, I blow away my Immigration Law students with the fact that Native Americans are not covered by the 14th Amendment and are granted citizenship by statute.


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