The higher Trump moves in the polls, the more insane he gets. Now he wants to take away the birthright guarantee found in the U.S. Constitution. But, wait! Holy Heavenly Happy Hour! Now Scott Walker has decided to velcro himself to Trump’s insanity.
Since most citizens have minimal or no understanding of what the “birthright” and “natural born” issues are, I bet this sounds really great! The birth issue is expressed constitutionally in two separate ways and is found in two locations in our U.S. Constitution. The first is Article II, Section I, Clause 5, and, requires that a president must be natural born (or in the case of our early presidents, be a citizen at the time of the ratification of the Constitution). Unless you were pulling a Rip Van Winkle, you should be familiar with the birther hysteria that was attendant to President Obama’s candidacy – and still exists.
The second location is the 14th Amendment, Section I. It is a statement that “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.”
This is the “birthright” provision that the Republican candidates have now, once again, become so fond of discussing. The birthright provision gives rise to “anchor babies” – those babies who automatically gain citizenship due to their birth in our country – even if their parents are undocumented.
Given the wording of the 14th Amendment, you can see the angst that is created in the hearts and minds of the Republican candidates who are intent on defending our borders. You know, let’s get all those undocumented mamas that come across the border to give birth. We can’t have thousands of those “anchor babies” being dropped here on our soil. The best way to ensure against this is to scrap that pesky sentence in Section I of the 14th Amendment.
But, wow, think about it. Do we make the requirement retroactive? Or will it be prospective? I think we should make it retroactive – that way we can at least go way back to the passage of the 14th Amendment in 1868. Why not make sure that every parent has to find his or her birth certificate and show that he or she was a citizen when the child is born.
Of course, how many generations do we traipse back into our ancestry? Do we propose a cutoff similar to one that exists for a real property “chain of title” search – say 50 years? Each child can ask his or her parent if they were “documented” when born – were their parents legitimate. If they weren’t, it would be a domino effect. We could “uncitizenize” millions of citizens! What fun! People all over this great land would need to hit the genealogy sections of libraries (sure would be good for our Allen County Library since we have one of the best sections in the country).
I mean, I don’t have to worry. I have done my genealogy, and my ancestors arrived on these shores between 1680-1700 – God bless their little pea pickin’ immigrant hearts. I am good to go – let others worry about their own problems.
Yes, that’s the ticket! Let’s focus on taking away the birthright provision instead of coming up with solutions to the myriad of other problems we have in this country: infrastructure, wealth inequality, jobs, corporate welfare, voter suppression, free trade agreements robbing our workers of jobs, racial injustice and discrimination, and continued destruction of our environment – just to name a few.