Losing Control of America's Future: Census, Birthright Citizenship and Illegal Aliens

By Charles Wood
Volume 15, Number 3 (Spring 2005)
Issue theme: "Facing our geo-destiny: honoring the work of geologist Walter Youngquist"

This is a 36-page article from the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (Spring 1999) by Charles Wood, arguing: (1) the Constitution neither requires nor prohibits the current practice of counting illegal aliens for political apportionment, or the currently applied birthright-citizenship rule providing that the U.S.-born children of illegal aliens automatically become U.S. citizens at birth -- and therefore (2) the current census practice and the currently applied citizenship rule may be changed by Federal statute. The article also includes policy arguments in favor of change. Charles Wood owns the copyright to the article, which is posted on this site by permission.

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Charles Wood: Losing Control of America's Future: the Census, Birthright Citizenship, and Illegal Aliens.


About the author

Charles Wood was Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration, 1995-97, 1985, 1979-82; Special Assistant, Office of Legal Policy, United States Department of Justice, 1986-89.