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Republicans And The Politics of Birthright Citizenship


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republicans-and-the-politics-of-birthright-citizenshipThe Federalist: Republicans And The Politics of Birthright Citizenship

The politics of opposition to birthright citizenship do not benefit Republicans and its repeal is not achievable as policy. So why are they embracing it?

By Ben Domenech AUGUST 18, 2015

Let’s talk about birthright citizenship for a moment. First, understand that birthright citizenship is and has been one of the things that is relatively unique to the American experiment. Simply because one is born in Paris does not make you a Parisian. But there is no bar of ethnicity or loyalty that prevents you from being an American. Everyone has a birthplace, and if that birthplace is America, you arrive in this world as an American, with a duty of protection owed by the government to you, honoring your rights and claims to liberty as it does for all Americans, and a pledge of allegiance owed from you to the republic that defends and secures those liberties. Scissors-32x32.png

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Nothing Is More “Conservative” Than Birthright Citizenship

Eliminating birthright citizenship means overthrowing the Constitution and the thousand-year history of English common law.

By Robert Tracinski AUGUST 20, 2015

Part of Donald Trump’s disastrous plan for a diplomatic and trade war with Mexico is to eliminate birthright citizenship, the policy that you become a citizen of the United States simply by virtue of being born here, even if your parents are not citizens. This is a proposal that enjoys wide support on the right and has since been picked up by several tag-along candidates in the Republican primaries.


It is also evidence that there are plenty of “conservatives” who want us to stick to the Constitution and time-worn legal traditions—so long as this supports the things they like. But if the Constitution and the thousand-year history of English common law get in the way of their nativist prejudices, then to heck with them. Scissors-32x32.png





I may post these article’s in favor of Birthright but I am and all ways have been against it. lightningbolt.gif lightningbolt.gif lightningbolt.gif

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Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:07 pm

I’ll say this for Donald Trump: he has ignited a debate on birthright citizenship (anchor babies) and . . . he turns out to be right.

The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states, in relevant part:

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.


That’s my bold type.


Mark Levin quotes the author of this citizenship provision, Sen. Jacob Howard, as saying this:


Every person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction, [meaning the states – 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. It settles the great question of citizenship and removes all doubt as to what persons are or are not citizens of the United States. This has long been a great issue in the jurisprudence and legislation of this country.



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