Isn’t it time we ended jus soli?

Obama says we should be more like other countries, right? Well … only FIFTEEN PERCENT of the nations in the world grant citizenship just for being born within the borders! It is understandable that the wide open territories of the Americas would have had this rule, but we’re not there any more, are we? No nation in Europe allows jus soli. Why should we?

“Jus soli (Latin: right of the soil) is the right of anyone born in the territory of a state to nationality or citizenship. As an unconditional basis for citizenship, it is the predominant rule in the Americas, but is rare elsewhere. … A study in 2010 found that only 30 of the world’s 194 countries grant citizenship at birth to the children of undocumented foreign residents.”

Teddy Roosevelt on immigration

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