We also put this core question — What does it mean to be a citizen? — to a range of Southern Californians. Here is a series of video interviews chronicling their views and personal stories.
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To Americans, the rules of citizenship can seem simple: You're a member of this nation either by birth or naturalization. But centuries of debate over how citizenship can be acquired and lost show that the concept is not simple at all. This is especially true of birthright citizenship.