Ariz. lawmaker takes aim at automatic citizenship
PHOENIX (AP) – Emboldened by passage of the nation’s toughest law against illegal immigration, the Arizona politician who sponsored the measure now wants to deny U.S. citizenship to children born in this country to undocumented parents.
Legal scholars laugh out loud at Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce’s proposal and warn that it would be blatantly unconstitutional, since the 14th Amendment guarantees citizenship to anyone born in the U.S.
But Pearce brushes aside such concerns. And given the charged political atmosphere in Arizona, and public anger over what many regard as a failure by the federal government to secure the border, some politicians think the idea has a chance of passage.
“I think the time is right,” said state Rep. John Kavanagh, a Republican from suburban Phoenix who is chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. “Federal inaction is unacceptable, so the states have to start the process.”
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Ariz. lawmaker takes aim at automatic citizenship
Legal scholars may indeed be laughing, but the 14th Amendment is an antiquated writing that has far outlived it’s usefulness.
Section 1. 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. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. SOURCE
Life in America was much different at the time the 14th Amendment was written.
Post-Civil War reforms focused on injustices to African Americans. The 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868 to protect the rights of native-born Black Americans, whose rights were being denied as recently-freed slaves. It was written in a manner so as to prevent state governments from ever denying citizenship to blacks born in the United States. But in 1868, the United States had no formal immigration policy, and the authors therefore saw no need to address immigration explicitly in the amendment.
In 1866, Senator Jacob Howard clearly spelled out the intent of the 14th Amendment by stating:
“Every person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction, is by virtue of natural law and national law a citizen of the United States. This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons. It settles the great question of citizenship and removes all doubt as to what persons are or are not citizens of the United States. This has long been a great desideratum in the jurisprudence and legislation of this country.”
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The original intent of the 14th Amendment was to offer protection to the recently freed slaves and their children. It was NOT written with the express intent of giving citizenship to the offspring of illegal aliens.
At the time the 14th Amendment was written, the Blacks that it protected were NOT in this nation illegally. Most weren’t here by their own choice. The same can’t be said for the hordes of invaders that cross our borders to birth their spawn on OUR shores.
Blacks that fell under the protection of the 14th Amendment, for the most part, assimilated to the American way of life and they became Americans.
For the most part, the illegal invaders that come to America today do not.
The illegals spend generations making it apparent that they are NOT Americans. They celebrate their culture, speak their language and live as an entirely different culture in this nation. A culture that is NOT American, in any way.
They take ALL that this nation offers, and give very little in return. They cost legal Americans billions of dollars in healthcare and education, housing, subsidies of every kind, and the part that makes me sick is, they, in many cases, take until they have enough American dollars to live in some degree of luxury in their native land, and they leave America.
But the door remains open to their return because of the *anchor babies* that the 14th Amendment makes possible due to it’s gross misinterpretation.
I’m NOT a legal scholar, maybe that’s why I can see the urgent need to address the 14th Amendment and to seriously look at the need to repeal it.
The 14th Amendment, adopted in 1868 in the aftermath of the Civil War, reads: “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.” But Pearce argues that the amendment was meant to protect black people.
“It’s been hijacked and abused,” he said. “There is no provision in the 14th Amendment for the declaration of citizenship to children born here to illegal aliens.”
America can’t continue being everything to everyone. We don’t have limitless financial resources, regardless of what the man-child in the Oval Office believes.
We are no longer ‘the melting pot’ of the world. We are used, abused and confused. Our leaders believe that we can save the world. We can’t even keep America above water with the leadership we have and with the way this nation has been bled out and given away piecemeal.
Senate candidate Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican and darling of the tea party movement, made headlines last month after he told a Russian TV station that he favors denying citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants.
I have to agree with ‘Son of Moonbat‘ on this one, every so often even a blind hog finds an acorn. But I truly wish the MSM would stop calling him ‘the darling of the TEA Party’. He may be popular with some factions of the TEA Party but he is NOT representative OF the TEA Party as a whole. Just sayin’…
The Federation for American Immigration Reform, based in Washington, said Pearce’s idea would stop immigrants from traveling to the U.S. to give birth.
“Essentially we are talking about people who have absolutely no connection whatever with this country,” spokesman Ira Mehlman said. “The whole idea of citizenship means that you have some connection other than mere happenstance that you were born on U.S. soil.”
Born on U.S. soil to an illegal mother and/or father I might add.
Of course the bleeding hearts are going to cry foul, but they are, after all, the ones that have allowed these illegals to over-run America and have provided said illegals with everything needed to become moderately successful in America.
Right up until the time the illegals take it all back to whatever dung heap they call home that is.