Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Birthright Citizenship?

"...Rep. Duncan Hunter said he would support deporting U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants, adding that "it takes more than walking across the border to be an American citizen."

The San Diego-area Republican congressman spoke Saturday at a video recorded tea party rally in Ramona. Hunter was asked by someone in the crowd if he backed deporting natural-born American citizens who are the children of illegal immigrants.

"I would have to, yes," Hunter said.

Hunter said in the video that some of his critics believe his stance is mean-spirited.

"And we're not being mean. We're just saying it takes more than walking across the border to become an American citizen," he said. "It's what's in our souls."

The 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees citizenship to all persons born in the United States..." (source)


I'm inclined to agree. When the Founders wrote this, I don't think they envisioned someone squatting in a bush to get citizenship for their child.

To my knowledge, NONE of the members of the European Union offer citizenship to babies born in their countries -and certainly not all the welfare perks our illegals are privy to.

BUT, since I also don't believe the Constitution should be considered a living, breathing document...I guess I have to concede to the practice of birthright citizenship.

THOUGH, the debate the Founders engaged in concerning the "Citizenship Clause" suggests that the State would have the power of determination "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" (or based on the status of the parents)...

And then there's this:

"The author of the 14th Amendment, Senator Jacob M. Howard, stated, in reference to the Amendment, "This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the family of ambassadors, or foreign ministers accredited to the the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons." (source)

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