Wednesday, August 19, 2015

TRUMP right on 14th Amendment, No Illegal Birthright

theodore miraldi.

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on July 9, 1868, and granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” which included former slaves recently freed. In addition, it forbids states from denying any person "life, liberty or property, without due process of law" or to "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” By directly mentioning the role of the states, the 14th Amendment greatly expanded the protection of civil rights to all Americans and is cited in more litigation than any other amendment.

Anyone reading this amendment should fully understand it was ratified to incorporate the slaves already living within the United States at the time. 

No where in this amendment does it give citizenship to those who have purposely and with intent to break Federal Immigration Laws to gain the privilege of citizenship. This amendment was specific to the time it was written, but has been used by those who would first commit a crime against the nation to gain access to residency and legal status. 

Congress passed this law to guarantee the slave population would not be further abused by former slave owners.

It is clear that the 14th and 15th Amendments were complimentary laws protecting Blacks.

Again. nowhere in these two Amendments does it qualify its use to abridge Federal Immigration Law and gain citizenship.

It was the 15th Amendment, ratified in 1870, which finally gave African Americans the right to vote. It states that "the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." In practice, however, it took almost 100 more years and the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to remove barriers such as poll taxes, literacy tests, and intimidation that prevented African Americans and other people of color from freely exercising their right to vote. Note that the 15th amendment makes no mention of sex. It was not until the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920 that women were explicitly given the vote. 

In my humble opinion, using the 14th Amendment to reseed our nation through the mass abuse of standing Federal Law is against the intent of its authors, and the Constitution. Stealing citizenship by using this Amendment cheapens the value, and purpose of those who truly want the extraordinary opportunities we offer the rest of the world...

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