Letters and Politics

The 14th Amendment

A wide-ranging discussion on the history, understanding, and application of the 14th Amendment, which grants citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.” In addition, it forbids states from denying any person “life, liberty or property, without due process of law” or to “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” By directly mentioning the role of the states, the 14th Amendment greatly expanded the protection of civil rights to all Americans and is cited in more litigation than any other amendment. (Library of Congress)

With Hiroshi Motomura, scholar of immigration and citizenship law and professor at UCLA School of Law. He is the author of several books including Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States and Immigration Outside the Law. 

And Scott Dodson, editor of The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a collection of essays on the Supreme Court Justice, and Law Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law.

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