Should we follow the original meaning even when it resolves issues in ways its enactors did not foresee?
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The original meaning gives birthright citizenship to the U.S.-born children of undocumented migrants, even though its drafters didn't realize it would.
It meant under the authority of U.S. law, thus excluding foreign diplomats, foreign armies and (at the time) Native American tribes.
It encompassed all territory under U.S. permanent sovereignty.
The original meaning of the citizenship clause answers some questions and raises some others.