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Wing-Nuts: Children of Undocumented Immigrants Can’t Be Prosecuted for Crimes

Imagine 2050 Staff • Feb 06, 2011

Gratefully ripped from the pages of Joshua Holland’s Blog:

It’s fun to take what passes for an “argument” on the far right to its logical conclusion. The exercise tends to show just how fallacious their claims really are.

Consider efforts to strip citizenship from the children of undocumented immigrants. You may like it, or you may hate it, but a simple objective truth is that the principle is not only enshrined in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, it’s also a “super-precedent” — a legal doctrine that has been tested and affirmed in a long series of Supreme Court cases.

The text of the Amendment, ratified in 1868, is straightforward: “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.”

So how do the legislation’s sponsors get around that? As Valeria Fernández  reports, “the authors of the Arizona bills contend that undocumented immigrants are not ‘subject to the jurisdiction’ of this country, so their children cannot automatically become citizens.”

Now, “subject to the jurisdiction of” is there for a simple reason: the children of foreign diplomatic staff are not granted automatic citizenship.

But saying that the children of undocumented immigrants are not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States is a wildly ludicrous proposition. Let’s define the word “jurisdiction“:

Continue reading this article at joshholland.blogspot.com.

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