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Letters: Birthright citizenship an abuse of Constitution

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Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010 3:15 am

“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.”

Amendment XIV, ratified 1868, provided citizenship rights for children of naturalized citizen ex-slaves. Thus, “all persons” were naturalized ex-slaves and their American born children.

Are illegal aliens subject to U.S. jurisdiction? Obama doesn’t think so. Neither does Judge Susan Bolton. Illegals may live here, but they are not legal residents. Why should the children of illegal aliens be granted the gift of American citizenship?

Neither illegal aliens nor our schools teach anchor babies anything positive about American citizenship or cultural assimilation. What kind of automatic citizens are they, protesting SB 1070 in the Mexican language and flying the Mexican flag so more illegals continue pouring over our borders?

Now there’s The Marmara Manhattan, owned by Turkish hospitality chain, offering “Birthright Citizenship” packages to pregnant foreign nationals. They don’t “reside” in America. They just want their children to be American citizens. Was this the intent of the Constitution? This is unlike the mostly European immigrants of the 19th and early 20th centuries who wanted U.S. citizenship; to speak our language and assimilate our culture.

Birthright citizenship by legally visiting foreign nationals, as well as by illegal aliens, is an outrageous abuse of the rights of individuals afforded by the Constitution to American citizens.

Therese Eisenhauer, Mesa

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