By Rick Oltman, September 3, 2019
President Trump is “seriously” considering ending the anchor baby fraud called “birthright citizenship.”
“We’re looking at that very seriously, birthright citizenship,” the President recently told a gaggle of reporters outside the White House.
Of course, the usual suspects went apoplectic and also showed their ignorance of history.
The Boston Globe said, The 14th Amendment, one of the Republican Party’s noblest achievements, enshrined the principle of birthright citizenship in the Constitution. Now a Republican president, calling it “frankly ridiculous” says that principle should be revoked, so that children born to immigrants who enter the country unlawfully will no longer be considered American citizens.
First, it’s not a “principle” it’s a law. It’s two laws, actually.
Second, the subject is about not granting citizenship to children born to illegal aliens, not “… immigrants who enter the country unlawfully… .” Put the Newspeak dictionary, and the Associated Press stylebook, away.
The 14th Amendment to the Constitution has 5 sections, each one is a separate law, and none have anything to do with the others. It is the first section, the “Citizenship Clause, on which we are focused.
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.
The purpose of this law was to nullify the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision in 1857, which ruled that children descended from African slaves could not be citizens of the U.S.
All the children of freed slaves born in this country were in a legal limbo following the end of the Civil War.
The first law that addressed this was the Civil Rights Act of 1866: “An Act to protect all Persons in the United States in their Civil Rights, and furnish the Means of their vindication,” which declared that all people born in the United States who are not subject to any foreign power are entitled to be citizens, without regard to race, color, or previous condition of involuntary servitude, i.e., slavery.
This guaranteed the citizenship of freed slaves and their children.
The bill was vetoed by President Andrew Jackson, but the veto was overridden by both Houses of Congress within weeks of his veto in 1866, and became effective three days later on April 9, 1866.
The author of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 was Senator Lyman Trumbull (R-IL). It was introduced into the House of Representatives by Congressman James Wilson (R-IA).
Soon after, the two lawmakers were talking and mused that some future Congress could, in fact, change the law and eliminate the civil rights of freed slaves. And that Is why the Citizenship Clause is two laws. They decided to add the Citizenship Clause to a Constitutional Amendment, making it very, very difficult to take civil rights away from former slaves … or their children.
Birthright citizenship and anchor babies are another magnet which draws illegals into our country. And it has also sparked “birth tourism,” where people come to our country legally on a tourist visa, have their baby, get the much-in-demand U.S. birth certificate and return to their nation of origin.
Section 1 of the 14th Amendment has nothing to do with illegal aliens or visitors on a tourist visa.
The history of the Citizenship Clause makes that perfectly clear.
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