Blunders of the Supreme Court of the United States, Part 3

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The third in a series on blunders made by the Supreme Court of the United States. In this article the case of United States v. Wong Kim Ark (169 U.S. 649, 1898) is critiqued. The blunder made is that one born of resident aliens in the State of California is a citizen of the United States, when such a person is a citizen of the State of California. It is shown that the political jurisdiction of the United States extends only to the District of Columbia, its territories and possessions, and federal enclaves within the several States of the Union. And that a person born in a State of the Union is not subject to the political jurisdiction of the United States, but rather, to the political jurisdiction of a particular State.

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