Immigration and Citizenship
Using the Constitution’s text and history to protect the constitutional rights of American citizens and immigrants
The Fourteenth Amendment’s Citizenship Clause is one of the most important provisions of the Constitution, guaranteeing birthright citizenship. CAC uses this and other constitutional provisions, along with federal statutes, to ensure that the rights of all are secured.
Immigration and Citizenship in Brief
Naturalization ceremony in Atlanta, GA | David Lienemann, White House Archives
CAC fights in the courts and in the public square against continuing attacks on immigrants and their rights, the power of the federal government to regulate immigration, and the Constitution’s protection of birthright citizenship.
ISSUE BRIEF: The Cornerstone of Our Democracy: The Census Clause and the Constitutional Obligation to Count All Persons
OP-ED: Those who deny birthright citizenship get the Constitution wrong
SCOTUS Lets Trump’s “Public Charge” Rule Stand ... For Now
RELEASE: New Court Challenge Says Trump Anti-Asylum Rule “Unlawful, Unconstitutional, Invalid”
Johnson v. Arteaga-Martinez, Garland v. Aleman Gonzalez
United States v. Texas
On September 30, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a memorandum to the Acting Director of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The memo stated that because it is impossible for ICE officials to seek out all of the “more than 11 million undocumented or otherwise removable noncitizens” in the country, they should prioritize removing those individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety, or border security. The states of Texas and Louisiana filed a lawsuit challenging this guidance. In June of 2022, the Southern District Court of Texas held that the guidance is unlawful, and...
- Supreme Court hears oral arguments
- CAC files amicus curiae brief in the Supreme Court on behalf of a group of former officials of DHS and INS