Defining The 14th Amendment

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Drafters of constitutional texts, be they members of the constitutional convention in 1787 or members of Congress who craft a constitutional amendment, cannot always foresee all of the nuances of governmental mismanagement and malfeasance that may follow their creations. Examples abound, especially with the 14th Amendment. It was ratified in 1868 as a post-Civil War remedy, to secure rights and protections for American citizens freed by the 13th Amendment from the scourge of slavery.

The purpose of the 13th and 14th Amendments was limited to securing these rights. Nothing appears from the events surrounding their drafting and ratification to suggest any general intent to extend citizenship to someone born in America to parents who are here illegally.

Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) and 45 cosponsors have introduced bill H.R. 698, entitled the “Citizenship Reform Act of 2005.” It declares: “It is the purpose of this Act to deny automatic citizenship at birth to children born in the United States to parents who are not citizens or permanent resident aliens.” The bill undertakes to define “subject to the jurisdiction of the United States” as that term was first used in the 14th Amendment. And clearly a bill that clarifies the meaning of the 14th Amendment is justified under the law.

One Response to “Defining The 14th Amendment”

  1. Max Says:

    The only reason the babys are made legal is because the doctors need to get paid by the taxpayers…they actually help the aliens fill out the papers to get welfare…and a SS#…then the parent forges documents to work on the babys SS# and collect welfare at the same time…also a lawsuit for disability$$$$ is always a nice perk for an alien and working under the table too…they also make great communist foot soldiers…angry disenfranchised and full of rage and envy for everything you have..because your laws made them this way…Gringo!

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