Repeal the 14th Amendment (8/12/10)
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina recently suggested that we should take a hard look at repealing the 14th amendment -- specifically Section 1 of that amendment, which states that "all persons born or naturalized in the United States" are citizens of the United States. While liberals wail over this proposal, I think it is worth considering.
There is no question – no question – that people from many countries are illegally entering the United States, having babies, and using those babies to try to get legal residency for themselves. I see no reason why we should automatically grant citizenship to the babies of people who came here illegally. But any time you mention taking anything away from babies, including ill-gotten citizenship, the bleeding hearts have a fit.
The 14th Amendment was never intended to be abused the way illegal aliens have done today. It was ratified in 1868 to clean up some of the legal confusion left by the Civil War – mostly to give full citizenship to slaves who were born in this country. It accomplished that noble purpose, but is now being used in ways for which it was never intended.
I am in favor of legal immigration, but repealing the 14th Amendment – or at least narrowing its focus -- might just make it a bit less appealing for illegal visitors to storm our borders.
I'm Bill Lamb…and that's my Point of View.