Donald Trump has ignited a national firestorm for calling for an end to birthright citizenship for the children of illegal aliens. Hysterical liberals — and not a few squishy Republicans — attacked Trump for even suggesting it. Jeb Bush called it a “constitutional right” and the New York Times insisted that Trump would have to amend the Constitution to change it.
Well radio host, and constitutional lawyer Mark Levin in just 15 minutes completely demolishes that claim, and shows how not only does the 14th Amendment NOT hand citizenship to “anchor babies” — but also how Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution given Congress the sole power to determine the rules of who becomes a citizen.
Therefore, it takes only an act of Congress to end this national disgrace.
As the very author of the Amendment said before its passage:
“Every Person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction, is by virtue of natural law and national law a citizen of the United States. This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons.
(Senator Jacob Howard, Co-author of the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment, 1866)
The Amendment was designed for freed slaves — not for those who break our laws, cross the Rio Grande and and drop out a baby on the other side.
In fact someone named Harry Reid in 1993 cited the obvious Congressional power to change the naturalization rules when he proposed a bill to end birthright citizenship, saying “no sane nation” would allow it:
Reid introduced a bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee as the Immigration Stabilization Act of 1993. The bill died in committee.
“TITLE X—CITIZENSHIP 4 SEC. 1001. BASIS OF CITIZENSHIP CLARIFIED.
In the exercise of its powers under section of the Fourteenth Article of Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the Congress has determined and hereby declares that any person born after the date
of enactment of this title to a mother who is neither a citizen of the United States nor admitted to the United States as a lawful permanent resident, and which person is a national or citizen of another country of which either of his or her natural parents is a national or citizen, or is entitled upon application to become a national or citizen of such country, shall be considered as born subject to the jurisdiction of that foreign country and not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States within the meaning of section 1 of such Article and shall therefore not be a citizen of the United States or of any State solely by reason of physical presence within the United States at the moment of birth.”
Congress can end it anytime they wish — as they must.