Clarify Birthright Citizenship

by Ryan on August 8, 2010

in Culture,Economy,Election 2010,History,Immigration,Law,Politics

Republican Minority Leader John Boehner said that we should consider taking another look at the concept of “birthright citizenship” in this country.  Democrats hate that idea, while Republicans see that an unrestricted approach to the birthright concept demonstrates how anchor babies and chain migration contribute to the illegal alien problem, which hurts schools, strains hospitals, dilutes the workforce, and increases crime.  It’s not that the Democrats are blind to all of that, they just need a fresh new pool of soon-to-get-amnesty voters to think of.

It all stems from the first sentence in the 14th Amendment, Section 1.  Here’s the part of the text in question:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.

Few countries around the world apply this principle in a sanctuary fashion like America does, but we’ve been acting pretty silly as a nation lately.  An originalist would know that this was intended in 1868 to make newly freed slaves, former slaves, and people of African descent and non-reservation Amerindians citizens in order to stop the black codes and impending segregation laws across the South and the territories from denying these people equal protection and due process in the post-Civil War era.  It was giving immunity and amnesty to people already here in 1868.

Even at the turn of the century, a child born to immigrants in America was just that — parentage was the determining factor to citizenship, meaning that once your parents got it, their children (born here or not) would get it too if still a minor.

But, then again, we didn’t have an illegal alien crisis back then — the people coming here respected our laws and procedures and wanted to become as “American” as possible.  By the 1960s we morphed to today’s very loose interpretation, which I firmly agree needs another look at giving the recent abuses of this concept.  If nothing else, it needs clarification given today’s realities.

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Tammy August 9, 2010 at 7:24 pm

It is not just the Mexican border causing this crisis in our country. It is the large Islamic population that is going to take us down from within. We have so many serious issues in front of us….that it is hard to choose the worst of the worst. One question I have is…do all these illegals know that if they are granted amnesty they may be facing two mandatory years of military service? I wonder if they knew…if they would keep coming?


Gerovital Romania August 14, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Maybe the American government should think a little more…


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