Letter: Disagrees with immigrant editorial
I actually read through your entire Sept. 28 diatribe regarding immigrants of unlawful origin, and I must say I disagree with some of your conclusions. First, I find it interesting that a newspaper, available in this country thanks to freedom of speech guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, is placing a ban on terms that some may find offensive. Are we also to be restricted from using terms such as vegan, tofu, brussels sprouts or gizzards, all of which I find offensive?
Why is it so ludicrous to conceive of deporting 11 million people who have overstayed their visas or entered the country without the proper credentials? Is there a number you would be comfortable with deporting, say, 7 million, give or take? Three million? Twelve Irishmen and a couple of Poles? By that line of reasoning, are we to conclude that we can’t possibly catch every drunk driver, so we shouldn’t try to apprehend any? Or maybe, since it’s impossible to catch every tax evader, we should not try to prosecute any. Throw that up against the IRS’ wall and see if it sticks. Funny to me how we arrive at a number, 11 million. How do we know how many are here, considering they are “undocumented?”
Children of persons of unlawful entry who were born in the United States are not guaranteed citizenship by the Constitution. Amendment XIV, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Constitution states, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the State wherein they reside.” Obviously, if they are citizens of another country, and arrived here in disregard to our national sovereignty, they are not subject to U.S. jurisdiction. Look to the original intent of the framers and you will see they thought it ludicrous to consider every baby born here would be a U.S. citizen. The Mexican constitution declares that babies born to at least one Mexican national are citizens of Mexico, regardless of where they were born. So whose citizens are they?
Editor’s note: The 14th Amendment to the Constitution, adopted in 1868, states that “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.” The letter writer omitted “of the United States and.” While some scholars believe Congress could end birthright citizenship without a constitutional amendment, no such law exists, and the U.S. Supreme Court has never ruled on the issue. Since passage of the amendment after the Civil War, all people born on U.S. soil, except the children of diplomats or foreign U.N. staff, are citizens.
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