Every few years, the common law concept of jus soli — or birthright citizenship — comes back into the news.
This time, it was thrust onto the stage by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who just unveiled an immigration plan. One of his proposals is to stop automatically giving citizenship to most people born on U.S. soil. Rival GOP candidate Scott Walker issued a similar call.
The concept of jus soli has a storied history in the United States that dates to the late 1800s.