Senators Attempt to Change Constitutional Definition of Citizenship

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Senators Attempt to Change Constitutional Definition of Citizenship

WASHINGTON - Senators Rand Paul and David Vitter have introduced a resolution to
amend the Constitution to deny citizenship to children of undocumented
immigrants who are born in the United States. The amendment would
reverse the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of citizenship to all children
born on American soil, limiting citizenship to American-born babies of
U.S. Citizens, legal permanent residents, and active-duty members of the
Armed Forces.
 
Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way, responded:
 
“The
Fourteenth Amendment’s citizenship clause did two things: it undid one
of the greatest injustices in American history, and it ensured that no
person would again be denied the full rights of citizenship because of
the political whims and prejudices of his or her time. Attempts to
remove this fundamental right from the Constitution are short-sighted
and irresponsible. Instead of trying to drive millions of American
children into the shadows, our legislators should be focused on creating
real and lasting immigration reform that improves our economy without
crippling the Constitution.”

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