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Letters: Honor all of Constitution, not just parts you like

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Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 4:15 pm

Deporting the children of illegal immigrants violates the basic idea of the 14th Amendment, making the notion unconstitutional in every aspect of the term. The logistics of abolishing birthright citizenship are ambiguous as well. Are the children of the children of illegal immigrants granted birthright citizenship? Are they entitled to their constitutional rights?

Lydia Guzman, a Latino activist in Arizona, has harsh words for those who support the idea of ignoring the 14th amendment as banning birthright citizenship. She says, "They call themselves patriots, but they pick and choose which parts of the Constitution they support." If the framework of our great country is built around the Constitution, shouldn't we honor every part of it, even if we don't agree with some of it?

Rep. Duncan Hunter of California also claimed that "it takes more than walking across the border to become an American citizen. It's what's in our souls." He must not remember why America was founded - as a place for freedom, a place where one could make a better life for themselves and their children. If wanting to achieve the American Dream isn't what makes an American soul, then what is?

Erin Pettis, Colorado Springs, Colo.

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