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“Impenetrability! That’s what I say!”

More on birthright citizenship.

The Supreme Court has stated — repeatedly! — that the “main object” of the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment “was to settle the question … as to the citizenship of free negroes,” making them “citizens of the United States and of the state in which they reside.”

Democrats, the entire media and House Speaker Paul Ryan seem to have forgotten the Civil War. They believe that, immediately after a war that ended slavery, Americans rose up as one and demanded that the children of illegals be granted citizenship!

Give me a scenario — just one scenario — where the post-Civil War amendments would be intended to grant citizenship to the kids of Chinese ladies flying to birthing hospitals in California, or pregnant Latin Americans sneaking across the border in the back of flatbed trucks.

Whether the children born to legal immigrants are citizens is controversial enough. But at least there’s a Supreme Court decision claiming that they are — U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark. That’s “birthright citizenship.”

It’s something else entirely to claim that an illegal alien, subject to deportation, can drop a baby and suddenly claim to be the parent of a “citizen.”

This crackpot notion was concocted by liberal zealot Justice William Brennan and slipped into a footnote as dicta in a 1982 case. “Dicta” means it was not the ruling of the court, just a random aside, with zero legal significance.

Left-wing activists seized on Brennan’s aside and browbeat everyone into believing that anchor babies are part of our great constitutional heritage, emerging straight from the pen of James Madison.

Because of course they did. When the Through-The-Looking-Glass Left uses the Constitution, it means just what they choose it to mean, neither more nor less. The question is, as always, which is to be master—that’s all.

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2 thoughts on ““Impenetrability! That’s what I say!”

  1. The only thing you really need to puncture the illusion of the 14th Amendment legalizing birthright citizenship for everyone is to note that the 14th didn’t give automatic citizenship to American Indians born in the United States – that took an Act of Congress a large number of decades later.

    So if it didn’t give automatic citizenship to “Native Americans” born of Amerind parents who were indisputably born here, then how does it automatically confer citizenship to children of parents who were most definitely not born of the U.S.?

    The 14th Amendment was only intended to grant citizenship to freed negroes – freed slaves – and their posterity, and that’s all that it did.

    (I’m dubious about the legitimacy of birthright citizenship being granted to the children born to legal immigrants, regardless of the U.S. vs Wong Kim Ark, as the author noted, but that’s a subject for a different discussion.)

  2. Ironbear already said what I came here to say, so I’ll take this opportunity to ask-

    Does anybody know what’s happening at Daily Pundit? The site seems to be down: I get Error 105, “Cannot resolve domain name.”

    There have been so many right-wing people lately getting de-platformed, banned or made into non-persons! Hope that hasn’t happened to Bill. It’s probably just a glitch, but my paranoia is on the rise since the Left is pulling out all the stops up to this election. Roll on Red Wave!

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