The 14th Amendment says nothing about parents. It does not make citizenship contingent on ancestry, bloodlines, or political favor. The immigration debates may churn, but about this much the Constitution is unequivocal: Anyone born in America is an American. Our nation has been enriched — not “overrun” — because of birthright citizenship. The 19th-century nativists who feared otherwise were wrong. Their intellectual heirs today are, too.
My opinion is that changing the 14th Amendment would be treating the symptom, not the disease.
There are four steps that would be meaningful in curbing the incentives for illegal immigration while fortifying liberty for all:
- Eliminate minimum wage
- Eliminate welfare programs
- Eliminate “war on drugs”
- Simplify procedures for legal entry
*POOF* there goes our immigration problem, with the added benefit of taking our unemployment and budget problems with it.
Plus, there are much more important things to fix and repeal: the 16th and 17th Amendments for starters.