Jerusalem Passport Law Invades Executive Turf, Says D.C. Circuit

, The National Law Journal


A federal appeals court has declared unconstitutional the federal law that allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to identify "Israel" as their place of birth on a U.S. passport. Ruling for the U.S. Justice Department, a unanimous D.C. Circuit panel said the law impermissibly interferes with the president's authority to recognize foreign sovereigns. The United States does not recognize any country as having control of Jerusalem.

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