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Lesson 8: Congress Has Always Set Limits on Immigration and Citizenship

“We the people of the United States,” are the first seven words, written in large letters, of the United States Constitution, composed in 1787 and formally adopted when ratified by nine states in 1788. It was assumed that “the people”—defined then as free adults—were citizens of both their states of […]

March 30, 2018

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Lesson 6: When Free Exercise of Religion Clashes with the Law

The First Amendment to the Constitution provides that Congress shall make no law restricting freedom of religion or “prohibiting the free exercise” of religion. Does this mean that a citizen can refuse to obey an otherwise valid law because to do so would violate his free exercise of his religious […]

March 6, 2018

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Lesson 5: The Emoluments Clause of the Constitution

Is Donald Trump violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution, as some people claim or suggest? The reference is to the last clause in Article I, Section 9, of the Constitution, which reads: “No title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office […]

February 26, 2018

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Lesson 4: The Second Amendment and the Individual Right to Bear Arms

Should citizens be prohibited from owning handguns? In 1959 most Americans apparently believed so: the Gallup Poll that year reported that 60 percent of Americans supported a law to “ban the possession of handguns, except by the police and other authorized persons,” while only 36 percent disagreed. The next two […]

February 16, 2018

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