Wong Kim Ark won landmark birthright citizenship case at the US Supreme Court. El Paso tried to deport him anyway
In 1901, a cook named Wong Kim Ark crossed from Juárez to El Paso with a unique distinction. He was perhaps the only person in the world who had a U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring him by name to be a citizen of the United States.
That didn’t prevent an El Paso immigration official from arresting him and beginning deportation proceedings.