The 14th Amendment is being misinterpreted, and it’s clouding the illegal alien debate/problem we face as a nation. The 14th insured that former slaves and their families and offspring would be American citizens. It was , in effect , written for them by a bunch of old white guys. It states
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.
To me, the key phrase is ‘subject to the jurisdiction thereof’. Slaves had already been freed and were basically citizens of the United States. The 14th just etched it in stone, as a layer of protection against their rights as citizens being denied to them. They were already subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, hence all of their offspring would also be citizens. Same is true for a person that LEGALLY emigrates to this country and becomes a citizen, a naturalized citizen…that’s what the term means.Subject to the jurisdiction essentially says you have renounced allegiance to any foreign power and have become one of us. Subject to ALL of our laws, taxes , and having to watch Obama on TV 24/7 just like the rest of us.
Foreign Nationals that are here, sometimes have kids while they are here. Those kids are not U.S. citizens, because the parents aren’t subject to the jurisdiction of the Untied States. Their allegiance lies with a foreign power. They don’t pay taxes, they don’t live here as legal immigrants intending to stay, they’re either here visiting, going to school, or in the diplomatic corps. Yes, of course they have to follow our laws while they are here, just as we would have to follow the laws of their country if we were there, but that’s not the same as being under a country’s jurisdiction. At least one of the parents have to be a citizen or national of the United States prior to your birth before you become a citizen by being born here.
This is why I say these things, I’m not just shooting from the hip. There is almost always a very clear explanation of what they meant by the arcane language we see in the Constitution. In this case you need to go no further than the very Congress that passed the 14th Amendment and sent it out for ratification. It is called , The Civil Rights Act of 1866. Congress was afraid that some future Congress could repeal all or part of this Act by a simple majority vote. In response to their own concerns, they passed the 14th Amendment and based it on The Civil Rights Act of 1866. So, what does this first ever Civil Rights Act, enacted over then president Andrew Johnson‘s veto, say? It says this:
April 9, 1866
An Act to protect all Persons in the United States in their Civil Rights, and furnish the Means of their Vindication.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all persons born in the United States and not subject to any foreign power, excluding Indians not taxed, are hereby declared to be citizens of the United States; and such citizens, of every race and color, without regard to any previous condition of slavery or involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall have the same right, in every State and Territory in the United States, to make and enforce contracts, to sue, be parties, and give evidence, to inherit, purchase, lease, sell, hold, and convey real and personal property, and to full and equal benefit of all laws and proceedings for the security of person and property, as is enjoyed by white citizens, and shall be subject to like punishment, pains, and penalties, and to none other, any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, to the contrary notwithstanding.
That pretty much clears up any misconceptions now doesn’t it? This is what happens when our children are not taught our history. Instead , they’re fed revisionist PC crap and told it’s our history.
Illegal aliens coming here and producing Anchor Babies, are reaping the rewards of this misinterpretation. Whatever you want to say about illegal aliens ( I happen to think the word ILLEGAL means something ), by definition they certainly aren’t U.S. citizens or Nationals. Therefore any child of theirs that is born here is not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States since their parents are foreigners to this country and presumably hold allegiance to their home country.
The meaning of the 14th Amendment has been twisted into such a pretzel I’m not sure it can be untwisted. It’s going to take time and a lot of effort to get our elected officials, you know, the people who work for us? To get them to stop this insanity and fix automatic birthright citizenship for anyone that just happens to be here at the time their baby is born. It automatically cuts off the incentive to delay delivery until you are in Los Estados Unidos.
Slowly but surely we need to take away the carrots that attract illegals, of all races. We are a generous country, we have plenty of room here. If it wasn’t for our immigrants, many of us wouldn’t be here, yours truly included. It’s not about immigration, as the whack jobs on the left would have us believe. It’s about Illegal Immigration.
We as Americans welcome immigrants to our Melting Pot. The more the merrier, their distinctiveness will be added to our own..to borrow a phrase from a certain alien TV villain. All we ask is that you please knock on the front door. We’ll answer it and more than likely invite you in and offer you membership in our club. We just like to be asked first. It’s the polite thing to do when wanting to move into someone’s house, didn’t your mother teach you any manners?. Because, to be honest, we’re getting rather freaking annoyed by you constantly sneaking in the back door, the window, through the roof, tunneling under the house and so on. It makes the streets paved with gold a little less shiny, so please stop doing it, NOW.
The best part of this entire thing? The part that makes you smile. The party that pulled all of this off? Which party do you think it was? I’ll give you a little hint, it wasn’t the Democrats because they were still turning in their rebel uniforms and swearing allegiance to the United States of America. No, the party that did all of this in the span of a few months were those evil nasty REPUBLICANS. Yet the Republicans are called racists and the minorities flock to the Democrats. Think about that for a while.