Contention over questions surrounding immigration and citizenship have been foregrounded in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but how does the current debate relate to America’s historical treatment of foreigners and the establishment of birthright citizenship in the U.S. Constitution? In this podcast, host Richard Schramm talks with Kunal Parker about this history and helps frame current discourse as it relates to legal history.
Kunal Parker is professor of law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar at the University of Miami. In 2014-15, he was a Fellow at the National Humanities Center where he completed Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America, 1600–2000 which appeared earlier this year from Cambridge University Press.
This podcast was recorded on June 22, 2016.