Saturday, November 05, 2005

Birthright Lost?

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- House Republicans tackling illegal immigration were reported looking closely at ending birthright citizenship..."There is a general agreement about the fact that citizenship in this country should not be bestowed on people who are the children of folks who come into this country illegally," said Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo.
Link to UPI article

Tim: Well, since the article doesn't actually seem to contain any relevant information excepting the snip, that does slightly hinder debate. But anyway, I fully agree with this. American citizenship should belong to the children of those who America lets in its borders. That was the original purpose, I'm sure, of whatever poorly-conceieved law allows this travesty. American citizenship should be allowed to Americans and those who America allows in, and no others.

Pat: The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, Section One: 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 law is a political stunt. It's not even constitutional. And yes, illegals are under United States jurisdiction when in the territory of the United States. US law has jurisdiction over all US territory, regardless of nationality and citizenship (excepting diplomatic immunity, of course). Something should be done about illegal immigration, yes. But violation of the Constitution should never be done.

Tim: Yeah, now you care about the Constitution.

Pat: I always have.

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