When you suggest elimination of "anchor babies," you are calling for a Constitutional amendment. Fat chance.
From the 14th Amendment, Section 1 (emphasis mine).
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.
I think it could be easily argued that those who come here illegally have not made themselves "subject to the jurisdiction thereof", and thereby their offspring are no more citizens than they are.
I'd dearly love to see it tried. Anchor babies are anathema.
posted on 08/26/2003 7:40:50 AM PDT
WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
They are subject to the jurisdiction of their HOME countries.
To: jimt; ExGuru
There is no need for a Constitutional amendment to prevent aliens subject to the jurisdiction of their home countries from being given U.S. citizenship illegally (which is the current de facto state of affairs). It requires only Congressional action. Before he retired from the Congress, Rep. Bob Stump from Arizona had introduced just such a billclarifying the language of the 14th in regards to those born here to aliens illegally in the country.
To change the entire situation requires only the will of the Congress. Now you know who to blame, since it hasn't changed.
posted on 08/26/2003 10:09:16 AM PDT
(Good Morning From Occupied Aztlan)
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