Birthright citizenship and the 14th Amendment

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Members of Congress have attempted to limit the rights of immigrants by advocating the denial of birthright citizenship to those born to undocumented parents in the United States. The decision said, in essence, that African-Americans could not be USA citizens. And that dictator has his wife have a baby on American soil. Bill Nelson, who is seeking a fourth term. More importantly, we have a birthright to this country and have the power to determine which direction it takes.

It would also impose hardship on all Americans, who could no longer point to a birth certificate as proof of citizenship. "This policy (birthright citizenship) has even created an entire industry".

Petitioners would be forced to add the names of their US-born children too, on all extension of visa or change in status applications, which will bring in millions of dollars of extra revenue in additional paperwork. "Now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order".

President Donald Trump is right the 14th Amendment needs to be reinterpreted.

It'd certainly be instructive to have the Supreme Court weigh in, since the question of illegal immigrants hasn't been directly addressed by the courts, and no one who debated and adopted the 14th Amendment contemplated a large-scale influx of undocumented immigrants, or the rise of birth tourism. He wants, the critics say, to change the Constitution under his own power, in the service of the allegedly racist goal of excluding the children of illegal immigrants from US citizenship. The Confederacy was defeated in the Civil War. On Monday, the United States said it would send more than 5,200 troops to help secure the border with Mexico.

"It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment". Then, there would never have been any confusion about which persons are American citizens.

Under the Constitution's 14th Amendment, enacted in the wake of the Civil War to ensure that Black Americans previously subject to slavery had full citizenship rights, citizenship is granted to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States".

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Before any laws were created in the U.S. restricting immigration (beginning in the 1880s), it was not possible to distinguish AUTHORIZED IMMIGRANTS from UNAUTHORIZED IMMIGRANTS because the borders were open for ALL IMMIGRANTS.

That year, writing for a 7-2 majority in Dred Scott v Sandford, US Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney declared that despite being citizens in several states, African-Americans could not be citizens of the United States - despite no such statutory, let alone constitutional, language. Simply because a child is born in the United States does not mean that the parents are allowed to stay permanently. His parents had returned to their own homeland in 1890, and he'd gone with them - but in the time since he'd established a transnational lifestyle.

The freedom of former slaves was guaranteed in the 13th Amendment (1865).

But if Trump puts in a broad-based order to cover all foreigners, "to the jurisdiction thereof", as is laid out in the 15 Amendment, it would be open for interpretation.

The allure of the USA, despite its vastly superior quality of life and chance to earn wealth, would vanish for many foreign workers if the new reality is their children would be caught in the same immigration quagmire they are stuck in.

By inference, should this exception also apply to other FOREIGN VISITORS living in the USA? He said at the time that birthright citizenship is "fundamental to our liberty as we understand it".

In 1873 it would appear that people entering the USA unlawfully would not have birthright citizenship conferred to their offspring because they were not under the full jurisdiction of the U.S. in the way a citizen or resident alien would be. No, they were all (correctly) assumed to be giving birth to AMERICAN children. But one thing is clear, ending birthright citizenship for babies with two unauthorized immigrant parents would, according to the Migration Policy Institute, increase the existing unauthorized population in the US from 11 million to 16 million by 2050.

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