The People Who Pledge Allegiance to the U.S. Constitution

At the end of the naturalization process, all immigrants are required to take a public oath of allegiance—not to the president, or even to the United States per se, but to the Constitution. It’s an act few native-born Americans ever consciously perform: publicly and patriotically affirming the nation’s founding charter.

This act represents a kind of “constitutional patriotism.” In the absence of any shared ethnic, religious, or cultural heritage, newly minted citizens pledge fealty to the abstract concepts of liberty, equality, and justice for all. They are, in theory, forced to confront and internalize these fundamental values. In the process, they sometimes come to know the country better than those who wave the flag the hardest.

There are many immigrants willing to take that pledge. The last three months of 2016 saw a 28 percent increase in the number of naturalization applicants compared with the last three months of 2015. As some news reports suggested, one reason for the uptick may have been fear of Donald Trump’s stricter tact on immigration. There are deeper cultural dynamics at play, too. The country is riding a new wave of the nativism that has intermittently characterized much of American history, from the anti-Catholic Know Nothings to the Chinese Exclusion Act, to anti-Irish, -Italian, -Jewish, -Catholic, and -Japanese animus, to the two chief targets du jour: Muslims and Latinos. Although green-card holders have greater due-process protections than other non-citizens, the only true shield from deportation is a naturalization certificate.

The oath is striking for the way it eschews the cultural nationalism so loudly trumpeted by the America First crowd, by putting devotion to the Constitution above all else: “I hereby declare, on oath … that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and …read more

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: McCain’t Gonna Happen

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In a move that could sink the latest Obamacare-repeal effort, Arizona Senator John McCain announced that he could not “in good conscience” support the Graham-Cassidy health-care bill. Two other Republicans, Senators Rand Paul and Susan Collins, have also signaled their opposition to the bill. The Department of Education rescinded the Obama administration’s guidelines on college sexual assault. Rescue operations continued in Mexico, four days after a powerful earthquake struck the country and killed at least 286 people. Trump will head to Alabama to campaign alongside Senator Luther Strange ahead of the state’s Republican primary runoff for the seat previously occupied by Jeff Sessions.

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A Moral Dilemma: This week, Patrik Hermansson, a 25-year-old Swedish man, released footage he’d gathered while secretly recording white supremacists, raising the question: Is it ethical to pose as a member of the alt-right? (Graeme Wood)

‘Unlivable’: On Thursday, North Korea’s foreign minister hinted that the country might detonate a hydrogen bomb as a countermeasure to an attack from the United States. Here’s what a test like that would do to the Pacific Ocean. (Marina Koren)

What Happened?: Conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos organized a jam-packed Free Speech Week in Berkeley, California, full of high-profile speakers like Ann Coulter and Steve Bannon. But things didn’t work out as planned. (Rosie Gray)

What Are Public Schools For?: The idea that public schools are failing is one of the most commonly heard complaints in American society. But what are they failing to do? In this episode of Radio Atlantic, The Atlantic’s education editor Alia Wong joins Jeff, Matt, and Alex for a conversation about how we define and measure success in public education.

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Why Medical Marijuana Research Is Gaining Support From the GOP

Some Utah residents are working overtime to get medical marijuana on the state’s ballot next year. They seem to have just gotten a surprising new Republican ally in their effort – Senator Orrin Hatch.

The state’s senior senator – an octogenarian who is third in line for the presidency – publicly broke ranks with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, GOP leaders and many of his Mormon

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