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Constitutional litigator and scholar James C. Ho is a partner in the Dallas office of Gibson Dunn. In 2006 he wrote an article on birthright citizenship entitled Defining American: Birthright Citizenship and the Original Understanding of the 14th Amendment. We offer it here to counter the (flawed, in our opinion) positions of the majority of witnesses at today's House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security hearing.