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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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