The Great GOP Constitution Love-In is over. Really over. After a marathon reading of an abridged U.S. Constitution on the House floor, Republicans are ready to ignore the document, planning an end-run around the 14th Amendment. In case you missed the Read-In, that’s the one that starts like this:
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.
Fearing fictional legions of pregnant aliens sneaking into the U.S. of A., giving birth, and using their offspring’s status to stay in the States, Republicans will try to deny U.S. citizenship to children born on American soil to out-of-status immigrants, as if this civil infraction by the parents was passed on to infants like a horrible birth defect.
Presumably this hereditary trait of non-citizenship would be passed on though succeeding generations, throughout eternity. That certainly was the case with formerly-enslaved Americans of African descent and the reason the 14th Amendment was needed in the first place.
Previously, many Tea Party favorites wrapped their xenophobia and racism in Homeland Security rhetoric, warning of “Terrorist Babies.” Radical Muslim women, we were warned, were coming to America and giving birth to Radical Muslim Terror Babies with U.S. citizenship poised to commit terrorist atrocities like voting for Democrats.
Republicans trying to circumvent the 14th Amendment claim the United States is the only nation with birthright citizenship, an odd assertion coming from isolationists who routinely object to court rulings recognizing international law and policy based on foreign models. The claim also has the disadvantage of being a complete falsehood.
”Anchors Aweigh,” Emily Bazelon, Slate.
“Ignoring the Constitution Is Easier Than Amending It, Immigration Edition,” Damon W. Root, Reason.
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