14th Amendment takes center stage in immigration debate

Look for the national debate over immigration reform to get a lot more heated as we approach the November elections.

Arizona Senator John Kyl said Sunday that Congress should hold hearings on the 14th Amendment, which provides citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants born in the United States.

Kyl told “Face the Nation”:

“The 14th Amendment [has been] interpreted to provide that if you are born in the United States, you are a citizen no matter what,” Kyl said. “So the question is, if both parents are here illegally, should there be a reward for their illegal behavior?”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) has also suggested a constitutional amendment that would deny “birthright” citizenship.

The president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund has called the idea “deplorable”:

“It’s an attempt to turn our back on 150 years of constitutional history and tradition. I think it’s contrary to the values of this country. I think it’s an assault on the recognition that ours is a country of immigrants and always has been. The 14th Amendment is very clear: Anyone who is born here, unless you are the child of a diplomat, is a United States citizen. That has led to great success. It’s part of what has made this nation the great nation that it is in 2010,” said Thomas Saenz.


  1. Brittanicus

    August 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    The Arizona law and federal judge Bolton has opened yet another “A VERY LARGE CAN OF WORMS” and must be applauded, because her Liberal ideology has finally unlocked an avenue to the Supreme Court. Her injunction of SB 1070 has opened the eyes of more than half the population of the United States, which would have remained repressed by most of the Liberal press. National security points of Interest for the American people to address, includes an incompetent failure to secure the border. Not building the real—PAIRED PARALLEL FENCES–transversely over the 1800 miles, separating us from Mexico. Nor is it fully completed, however President Dwight Eisenhower had the monumental courage in 1954 to remove illegal nationals from America’s soil. Today’s politicians prefer to hide the illegal alien invasion, under the proverbial rug. One of the most scandalous laws that has been badly misconstrued is the 14th amendment, which needs urgently to be repealed—this is birthright citizenship.

    Forget about the facade of hard luck stories of illegal parents, being separated from their birthright citizenship child as they are ought to be deported, but this seldom happens if at all? Legal basis for birthright citizenships stems from the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Although the original intent of the 14th Amendment was to provide former slaves citizenship after the Civil War, including the right to due process. This Amendment has progressed to have far-reaching repercussions beyond the intent of the authors. The “Anchor Baby” illuminates the whole unraveling story, which if an illegal alien parent, can reach America before the baby is born, they can collect welfare from any state. In 2006 this was a $6 billion dollar “legal flimflam” unfairly supported by US taxpayers. In other developed nations one parent must be naturalized or citizen born in that country. These families knew exactly what they were exploiting when they came to the U.S. and had a baby born on U.S. soil, as the news of welfare entitlements spreads very quickly from poor country to country.

    For illegal immigrants, having a child born in the U.S. becomes this intentional “Racket” to residing here in this land, the ramifications in 2007 was estimated to be 380.000 children annually that taxpayers forfeited in taxes. Birthright citizenship creates a massive fiscal burden on the US taxpayer. At the present time “Anchor babies” are United States citizens from the moment they’re born, and they immediately qualify for public welfare aid.

    Excerpt from Federation for American Immigration Reform:

    FAIR estimates there are currently more than 425,000 children born to illegal aliens each year. This figure is based on the crude birth rate of the total foreign-born population (33 births per 1000) and the size of the illegal alien population (13 million in 2008). In 1994, California paid for 74,987 deliveries to illegal alien mothers, at a total cost of $215.2 million (an average of $2,842 per delivery). Illegal alien mothers accounted for 36 percent of all Medi-Cal funded births in California that year and now count substantially more than half.

    Pro-Sovereignty organizations have called these children of pregnant illegal alien mothers “anchor babies” simply because they become eligible to sponsor for legitimizing most of their relatives (chain migration), including those in poor health. The illegal alien child, when they turn 21 years of age, become the U.S. “anchor” for an extended immigrant family. It has been said, over-and-over-again that birthright citizenship was never projected to be the law of the land, and thus is a flawed interpretation of the 14th Amendment.


    To intensify this giant problem, those mothers who illegally enter the U.S. to have their anchor babies have little to no health insurance. While others prenatal mothers are not even poor, but have violated a moral problem by using fraudulent ID and come from every corner of the world. By law they cannot be turned away from hospitals because the law requires that they be treated. All uninsured people, regardless of citizenship, receive medical treatment in hospital emergency rooms under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act of 1985 (EMTALA). The only difference is that American Mothers stand to be badgered by unrelenting debt collectors afterwards until they pay. SO IF ILLEGAL MOTHERS DO NOT HAVE TO PAY THEIR POST NATAL BILLS, WHY SHOULD A US BORN MOTHER OR LEGAL RESIDENT? And if there are any difficulties with the pregnancy, or if the child is born prematurely and needs to be admitted into a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the expenditures upswings by thousands more dollars.

    Senator Lindsey Graham, Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) and other statesman has decided to pursue revoke the 14th amendment. A Rasmussen Poll found that 58% of Americans opposed granting citizenship to the children of illegal aliens, while only 33% supported it. The main problem most Americans cannot conceive the amount of money paid out to subsidize the onslaught of the illegal alien occupancy. Every saddled taxpayers should definitely type into Google or Yahoo “Anchor Babies cost’s” and be ready to use your politicians as a verbal punching bag at 202-224-3121

    An issue that is not publicized by the left politicians is ant De Facto Amnesty or by executive order of the President. Would instantly turn into a public outrage as illegal aliens would be allowed to collect Social Security benefits based on past illegal employment — even if the job was obtained through forged or stolen documents? Senator John Ensign (R-NV) has offered an amendment to gut that provision from any bill. He said, “There was a felony they were committing, and now they can’t be prosecuted. That sounds like amnesty to me. U. S. Senators Who Voted For Illegal Aliens to Collect Social Security Benefits! Let them know what you think about this vote! Go to NumbersUSA for more information on this taxpayer nightmare.

    Remember–Out with Pro-Amnesty Sen.Harry Reid in November and also be aware that in “Honor System” states illegal aliens vote and violate federal law.
    No copyright on any comments or articles THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THE TRUTH. Copy and paste.

  2. Just thinking

    August 3, 2010 at 7:07 pm


    If the 14th Amendment has been “badly misconstrued,” why twist and rend the Constitution? Why not simply take the bad misconstruction to the Roberts Court and have it struck down? Your argument makes no sense.

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