Republican Senator Lindsey Graham—sometimes called the most immigration-friendly GOP member of Congress—has called for ending the practice of granting citizenship to everyone born in the U.S. Other Republicans have joined him in calling for hearings on the 14th Amendment, which has long been thought to guarantee the practice. We look at the controversy over birthright citizenship, and recall its Asian American history.
Karen Naradaki is the president and executive Director of the Asian American Justice Center, based in Washington, D.C. She is also vice chairwoman of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation's oldest and broadest civil rights coalition.
The critic, journalist, and essayist has two new books just out—one a meditation on two anti-terrorist trials and what they tell us about our post-9/11 world (A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb, and one a novel set in both rural and big-city India (Nobody Does the Right Thing. A fascinating discussion with one of the country’s most thoughtful and eloquent literary and political intellectuals.
Amitava Kumar is a journalist and professor of English at Vassar College. He has written and eidted many books, including Husband of a Fanatic and Bombay-London-New York.