I just got back from a trip to the Middle East that included Petra. The old knight that guards the Holy Grail is a big fan of the blog. (“You have chosen wisely.”) I find that these sorts of vacations are essential if you want to keep on writing and thinking clearly. It’s a bit like the Monty Python sketch about “Confuse-a-Cat” — the best way to get out of a rut is by turning things upside down for a week or so.
I see that while I was away there was a renewed call for legislation that would eliminate birthright citizenship for children born here to illegal immigrants. As I explained in this article, such a law would almost certainly be unconstitutional. On the other hand, there is no Supreme Court holding on the question (Wong Ark Kim — an 1898 decision — gets close, but it can be distinguished if you try hard enough), and it is inevitable that the issue will be litigated either though a federal citizenship repeal or via a state statute denying birth certificates to these children.