Posts Tagged ‘ Fourteenth Amendment ’

The gradual growth of our own wickedness

Oct 30th, 2018 12:23 pm | By

Garrett Epps in the Atlantic in July:

I have been writing about the citizenship clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and its meaning for the children of the undocumented, for more than a decade. In a 2006 book, Democracy Reborn: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Equal Rights in Post-Civil War America, I traced the drafting of the Amendment and the process by which the Senate added citizenship language in May 1866. In a subsequent scholarly article, “The Citizenship Clause: A ‘Legislative History,’” I reviewed in exhaustive (you’ve been warned) detail the debates over this precise clause. I have written about the birthright citizenship issue for The Atlanticherehere, and here.


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Fanning the flames of anti-immigrant hatred

Oct 30th, 2018 11:40 am | By

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Eager to test it

Oct 30th, 2018 11:32 am | By

The Times on Trump’s attack on the 14th Amendment:

Doing away with birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants was an idea Mr. Trump pitched as a presidential candidate, but there is no clear indication that he would be able to do so unilaterally, and attempting to would be certain to prompt legal challenges. The consensus among legal scholars is that he cannot, but Mr. Trump and his allies are eager to test it in the Supreme Court.

Naturally. They lost the popular vote by over 3 million in a heavily gerrymandered election, so why wouldn’t they be eager to destroy the amendment that covers equal rights for all citizens?

“We all cherish the language of the 14th

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Big plans

Oct 30th, 2018 5:09 am | By

Trump adds another item on the white supremacist agenda: getting rid of citizenship by birth aka the Fourteenth Amendment.

President Trump is planning to sign an executive order that would seek to end the right to U.S. citizenship for children of noncitizens born on U.S. soil, he said in a television interview taped on Monday.

A president can’t ditch a constitutional amendment just by signing an order.

The move would be certain to spark a constitutional debate about the meaning of the 14th Amendment. It reads: “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.”

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