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To: ol' hoghead
would require changing the 14th amendment.

No it wouldn't. The 14th states:

"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."

This does not apply to foreign nationals, whether in this country legally or illegally. As Jacob Howard, coauthor of the citizenship clause of the 14th amendment stated in 1866:

"Every Person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction, is by virtue of natural law and national law a citizen of the United States. This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons."

The citizenship clause was thus clearly meant to prevent emancipated slaves from being denied citizenship, not to provide an end run around our immigration policies.

27 posted on 05/22/2005 5:31:15 PM PDT by Fatalist
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To: Fatalist

What percentage of the United States immigrant population enters the country illegally?


28 posted on 05/22/2005 5:36:17 PM PDT by BCNC1 (Numbers)
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To: Fatalist
Not to beat a dead horse, but the Court has accorded the first sentence of Sec. 1 a construction in accordance with the congressional intentions, holding that a child born in the United States of Chinese parents who themselves were ineligible to be naturalized is nevertheless a citizen of the United States entitled to all the rights and privileges of citizenship. (7) Congress' intent in including the qualifying phrase ''and subject to the jurisdiction thereof,'' was apparently to exclude from the reach of the language children born of diplomatic representatives of a foreign state and children born of alien enemies in hostile occupation, both recognized exceptions to the common-law rule of acquired citizenship by birth

(7)U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark 169 US649(1898)

(8) ibid at 682.

Anchor babies are a free ride to welfare heaven for their parents and siblings.

We probably should add something like "born to parent or parents legally residing in the United States or territories".

46 posted on 05/22/2005 7:06:44 PM PDT by ol' hoghead (If you stick your head in the sand, you make your butt a big target.)
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