By Rick Oltman, August 13, 2018
With the September 4th confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court set to kick off the final eight weeks leading up to the November mid-term elections, the issues that he may, hopefully, decide on are beginning to be highlighted.
One very important issue that might find its way to the Supreme Court is whether the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution grants U.S. citizenship to anyone and everyone born within our borders, so-called “birthright citizenship” resulting in “anchor babies” for illegal aliens in our country.
On March 27th of this year, a civil rights lawsuit was filed in the UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF UTAH, NORTHERN DIVISION over the issue of not granting automatic citizenship to those born in America Samoa if neither parent is a U.S. citizen.
The possibility that a Supreme Court, including Judge Kavanaugh, might eventually receive this case has triggered the usual suspects who regularly call anyone who want American laws enforced and our borders secure, “anti-immigrant” and “white nationalist” and “nativist,” et cetera.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (which needs to learn the difference between immigrants and illegal aliens) has just published a hand-wringing piece about what amounts to the eventual possibility of the Supreme Court’s ruling that the 14th Amendment doesn’t mean everyone born here is a citizen.
The 14th Amendment was adopted July 9, 1868, and has five sections. Section 1 says:
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.
This section of the 14th Amendment is a direct result of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which became law two years previous. The text of that law begins:
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 … read it all here.
The 1866 Civil Rights Act granted freed slaves U.S. citizenship. Having just emerged from a bloody civil war that killed 1,785,000 Americans and seeing even in victory, the problems that might, and in fact did, endure for at least a century, it was thought possible that a future congress could change the law. So to make any such regression much more difficult, the “Citizenship Clause” was added to the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
The 14th Amendment, adopted decades before immigration and illegal immigration were an issue, has nothing to do with babies born to illegal aliens. The U.S. Border Patrol was established 56 years after ratification.
Yes, there are some of us who cannot wait for this issue to be finally decided by the highest court in the land. Meanwhile, the propaganda war continues.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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