Political Science 2201.101
June 26, 2014
“Birthright Citizenship” and the Fourteenth Amendment
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. (Amendment XIV)
The controversy over the 14th Amendment from how it was originally written and how people have changed or interpreted it to mean different things over the years. Natural born citizen is a crucial concept in present day for many Americans. It is a confusing concept as it most likely was meant to be. One side of the spectrums meaning is a natural born citizens are second generation of legal citizens of the United States. Another interpretation of that meaning would be children born of parents that are citizens and the other would be if the baby was physically born on Unites States soil that child is a US citizen regardless if the parents are or are not legal themselves. “The term ‘anchor baby’ refers to children born in the U.S. to undocumented migrant parents who are thought to have been conceived in order to improve their parents’ chances of attaining citizenship” (Williams).
The 14th amendment was made after the Civil War to insure citizenship and rights of the children of the freed slaves, because their rights were being denied. During this time the United States did not have any formal immigration laws even ...
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...ese states and other supporters believe that illegals will drive anyway so it would be beneficial for everyone on the road that they know what laws they must follow when they drive. Many also believe that once they are legally licensed to drive that will purchase car insurance which would be beneficial for everyone as well.
On the opposite end of this argument there are other Americans that would like stronger laws to stop birthright citizenship and to deport all illegal immigrants. Allowing illegal immigrants to obtain a U.S government issued license allows
In November if 2010 Tennessee state Law Maker Curry Todd made national news when he referred to pregnant illegal immigrants as “rats (that) multiply”. Cisneros, Natalie. " 'Alien ' Sexuality: Race, Maternity, And Citizenship." Hypatia 28.2 (2013): 290-306. Literary Reference Center. Web. 27 July 2014.
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