Monday, March 29, 2010

End Birthright Citizenship

George Will calls for "bring[ing] the interpretation of the 14th Amendment into conformity with what the authors of its text intended, and with common sense, thereby removing an incentive for illegal immigration" — A Birthright? Maybe Not.

My neighborhood in Pohang is crawling with little "Americans" born while their parents were studying in American graduate schools. Most of these parents did not bother to register their children as Korean citizens. (My children have dual nationality and, under Korean law, will have to renounce one of their citizenships at age 18.) These little "Americans" have zero identity with or loyalty to the land of their birth, yet will enjoy all the benefits its citzenship offers. Also, although they are Korean in language and culture, they will avoid the duties of Korean citizenship, most importantly, for males, military service.

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Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

"A person born in the United States to a foreign diplomatic officer accredited to the United States, as a matter of international law, is not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. That person is not a United States citizen under the 14th Amendment."

Careful there, George. Someone might interpret that as meaning that the individual presently sitting in the White House isn't constitutionally qualified to be there, since by that understanding, that person was subject to the British Commonwealth by inheritance from his father.

Can't have people making logical inferences from facts you provide them, George, or you might just lose your accreditation as a "sanctioned conservative" commentator, like another former conservative writer who asked the questions you can't ask in this country.

Besides, I have a better idea. Instead of reinterpreting the 14th amendment into something that doesn't match the text, let's get rid of the text. After all, as many have pointed out, it's "ratification" was essentially at the point of a gun, which ought to make it illegitimate anyways.

2:44 AM  
Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

Speaking of 14th Amendment conundrums, how about the constitutional qualification of "President" Chester B. Arthur, who was born in Vermont of an Irish father who never renounced Irish citizenship.

Under the 14th Amendment and its interpretation in theSlaughterhouse case (1872), it is quite clear that, since Arthur was born under foreign jurisdiction by jus sanguine, he was not qualified to be President under the laws in operation at the time. Native born Citizenship demands that, at the time of birth, you are not under the authority of another nation's laws, as in the case of Arthur and Barack Hussein Obama.

Again, that requires that objective facts and logic apply. For a supporter of "Barack Obama all American" (BOAA for short, aka the official narrative, aka the Party Line), logic and facts don't apply.

3:05 AM  

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