Multiple news agencies have reported on Trump’s intent to issue an executive order to revoke birthright citizenship, based on conservative scholars zeroing in on five words: “subject to the jurisdiction thereof.”
The guarantees of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution read:
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. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Lindsey Graham has suggested a bill to end birthright citizenship and Trump issued a tweet against the Speaker of the United States House of Representative’s pushback against the President’s wishes, along with his base of support within the Republican Party.
Paul Ryan should be focusing on holding the Majority rather than giving his opinions on Birthright Citizenship, something he knows nothing about! Our new Republican Majority will work on this, Closing the Immigration Loopholes and Securing our Border!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2018
The eNews Reference question as we’re going into the midterm election on November 6th, an election that many feel is the most crucial of our lifetime:
If an executive order and hastily enacted bill can erase the intent of this country’s Constitutional Amendment granting Birthright Citizenship, with a “Conservative” Congress, Executive, and Judicial Branch, could the 13th Amendment be hastily erased?
For those of you who’re not aware, the 13th Amendment was adopted into the United States Constitution to end slavery in the United States:
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
As a descendant of slaves and former slaves, part of my citizenship in the United States was derived through birthright. If you remove birthright citizenship what’s next? The volatile waves our political discourse meets the radicalization of our politics has the potential to unravel this nation’s longheld beliefs, laws, and mores.