Is Citizenship a Privilege or a Right? Do Citizens have Rights or Duties?

Are you doing your duty(ies)?

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On a hunch, I did a search of Supreme Court cases on Findlaw.com looking for the phase “privilege of citizenship”. Findlaw indicated that there are 716 cases where that phrase occurs.

That’s pretty good evidence that citizenship is a privilege.

•  I did another search of Supreme Court cases on Findlaw.com looking for the phrase “right of citizenship”. Findlaw indicated there are 1,540 cases where that phrase occurs.

That’s pretty good evidence that citizenship is a right.

•  So what is citizenship—a privilege or a right?

I don’t know the answer to that question and I certainly don’t plan to read 2,256 Supreme Court cases to find out.

Apparently, the answer is “both”.

Sometimes, citizenship is a privilege; sometimes it’s a right.

In theory, it might even be possible that sometimes, citizenship is both a privilege and a right.

It’s also conceivable that some…

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