Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

The President Wants To Alter The Constitution And Ignore International Law

The President Wants To Alter The Constitution And Ignore International Law

He incorrectly asserted that, "We're the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States....".

What may come as a surprise to self-proclaimed nationalists like Trump is that not only am I as American as the next citizen, but, in many ways, my story and the story of many other first-generation citizens is the American story that historian James Truslow Adams famously spelled out.

It may very well. "That's not how the Constitution of the United States works". To explain: Common sense would say that all human beings physically present in the United States are "persons" for constitutional purposes-notwithstanding abortion activists' claims to the contrary. Burdening them with the constant fear of deportation to a place they have never known is cruel and against the liberal ideologies and human rights beliefs that America needs to protect. Not even a law, like that suggested by some Republican members of Congress could overturn birthright citizenship. After all, there's a bright line drawn in the 14th Amendment itself and Supreme Court precedent stretching back to the 1898 case of USA vs Wong Kim Ark.

Why were such people excluded?

Dr Thomas J. Adams is a senior lecturer in history and American studies and academic director of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

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The president of the United States should uphold the constitution as our supreme law of governance.

"It's a disgrace. We have got to change our laws". That should not confer automatic citizenship to a child they have while here in the country on a tourist visa, but that appears to be what is occurring. So are anchor babies.

Playing identity politics. Those favoring a narrower interpretation of the 14th Amendment, ratified in 1868 to solidify the citizenship of former slaves, include Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa - who's pushed lawmakers to repeal the policy since at least 2015. Guess what? You don't."The concept and arguments are not new ones".

And, ka-boom!, the whole issue of birthright citizenship reared its anachronistic head. And the Democrats have reacted by doing absolutely nothing, even when they were in the majority, to alleviate the problems caused by a broken border and ineffective laws that paralyze families and the economy. "The Supreme Court endorsed this reading in the Slaughter-House Cases (1872) and Elk v. Wilkins (1884)". His parents were from China.

The president asserted that the USA is the only country granting birthright citizenship.

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The NumbersUSA research notes that the quality of life in America, with an additional 75 million residents living in the USA will be greatly reduced. Many of these same conservatives (correctly) bridle at the idea that the phrase "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State" in any way undermines the fundamental right of private citizens to keep and bear arms. "Even if they've been on our soil for a mere matter of seconds", he said.

This is what the 14th Amendment to the Constitution declares: "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".

Despite Trump's claim, the not the only nation to have birthright citizenship, but the policy is rare outside of the Americas.

Most Americans know the country benefits immensely from immigrants, who are crucial to our economic strength and vitality. To repeat: There was no federal concept of "illegal alien" at the time. "I'm assuming people must get upset when they see folks who spend all their time vilifying others, questioning their patriotism, calling them enemies of the people, and then suddenly pretending they're concerned about civility." he said. Just as it does when it denies entry to a foreigner who has committed serious crimes in their own country.

Rounds says if changes are needed, it has to be other than challenging the constitution.

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Meant to prohibit the creation of a permanent class of resident aliens with no devotion to the US or rights of citizenship, the birthright-citizenship provision of the amendment 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". That is not something new, but a return to what seems to have been the original intent all along.

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