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I thought about starting a new thread on this, but the title of this thread that was written nearly five years ago is as valid now as it was five years ago.
I sometimes wonder if Republicans actually know how to read or understand basic words of the English language. Here's the full text of the first section of the 14th Amendment. (Bold section highlighted by me)
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. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
There is absolutely no ambiguity here. It doesn't say "this only applies to former slaves" or "this only applies to who we decide to make it apply to;" it states that ALL people born or naturalized in the United States are citizens of the United States.
What's sad is that plenty of Republicans in this country genuinely believe that we should repeal birthright citizenship. My question to them then is who gets to decide who gets to be an American citizen or not? What if a white person who supported the Amendment has a baby that is denied American citizenship because the people deciding didn't want to grant it to them? Will they still support it then?
Here's the thing Republicans won't admit when they spew out all this nonsense about repealing birthright citizenship--they are terrified that the demographics in this country are changing and they are desperate to cling on to their majority. And since they aren't willing to moderate their xenophobic views they are proposing to change the way we determine who gets to become an American citizen. The problem with them doing this is that they may get a few angry old white people to lap up their nonsensical bullshit, but they are just digging a deeper and deeper hole with non-white voters who will be the majority in this country in the not too distant future.