Passport Case or Foreign Policy?

When the parents of  two-year-old Jerusalem-born Menachem Zivotofsky submitted a passport application for their son who has U.S. citizenship they were told that they could not designate “Israel” as the place of birth.

The case pits the State Department against an Act of Congress that says that a U.S. citizen born in Jerusalem shall “record the place of birth as Israel.” SC111107_Lewin

In arguments at the Supreme Court today the lawyer for the parents , Nathan Lewin, said “it’s a passport law.”

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli took the position that it’s a “political question” about who controls foreign policy, congress or the president? SC111107_Verrilli

Bob Barnes reports on a “supremely funny moment” here.







Art Lien

Courtartist is me, Art Lien. I've been sketching the courts since 1976, and for most of that time the U.S. Supreme Court has been my regular beat. I've been working almost exclusively for NBC News since 1980. Courtroom sketching is a form of visual journalism or reportage drawing that is slowly dying out. Where once upon a time news organization each had their own artist covering a story, today a "pool" artist often sketches for all. It is a demanding and stressful discipline where the drawing is often done directly and under tight deadline.

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