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1. Recognized in the Constitution of the United States of America at Sec 1, Cla 1 of the 14th Amendment and Art IV, Sec 2, Cla 1.

2. Thus, in any State of the Union, there are two State citizens, a citizen of a State, under Art IV, Sec 2, Cla 1 of the Constitution, and also a citizen of a State (and a citizen of the United States), under Sec 1, Cla 1 of the 14th Amendment:

“The bill filed in the Circuit Court by the plaintiff, McQuesten, alleged her to be ‘a citizen of the United States and of the State of Massachusetts, and residing at Turner Falls in said State,’ while the defendants Steigleder and wife were alleged to be ‘citizens of the State of Washington, and residing at the city of Seattle in said State.’ “ Statement of the Case, Steigledger v. McQuesten: 198 U.S. 141 (1905).

“The averment in the bill that the parties were citizens of different States was sufficient to make a prima facie case of jurisdiction so far as it depended on citizenship.” Opinion, Id, at 142.

3. The only difference between them is that a citizen of a State, under Art IV, Sec 2, Cla 1 of the Constitution, is one born in a State of the Union; that is a native born citizen:

“Joseph A. Iasigi, a native born citizen of Massachusetts, was arrested, February 14, 1897, on a warrant issued by one of the city magistrates of the city of New York, as a fugitive from the justice of the State of Massachusetts.” Iasigi v. Van De Carr: 166 U.S. 391, at 392 (1897).
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I am a citizen of a State; under Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution of the United States of America, domiciled in the State of California.

I am a citizen of a State; under Section 1, Clause 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment, residing in the State of Georgia.
by Big Generator January 08, 2011
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