Senator Jacob Howard of Michigan, who was a very close friend of Abe Lincoln, wrote the citizen clause of the 14th Amendment. The 14th Amendment was passed solely to protect freed slaves, who were not considered citizens and couldn’t become naturalized because of the prevailing laws at the time. When interpreting the Constitution, judges are not only charged with the interpretation of the written text, but also the intent of the author and the legislators who voted for the bill.
There was much hew and cry, when the Amendment was first proposed because detractors were afraid it would allow anyone to sneak into the country, give birth and the offspring would be a citizen. Senator Howard knew that if he allowed people to believe that, the Amendment was dead meat. He then clarified exactly what the citizen clause meant:
(The 14th Amendment)” will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the government of the United States….”
Let me lay this out for Mr O’Reilly, who brags that he has a BS degree (Self explanatory) as well as a PHD. (Piling it higher and deeper) The 14th Amendment was written with the intent to exclude children of foreigners. The Supreme Court is obligated to take Sen Howard’s explanation into account the same way they use some of the Federalist papers. To find the thinking behind the legislation. If they follow their duty, not only would they have to stop future anchor babies, they would also have to pull citizenship from past anchor babies.
Here is the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment:
“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.”
Illegal aliens are not born or naturalized citizens because the parents are not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States but of the countries they are citizens of.
Liberals keep making the argument that anchor babies are a settled law issue after the case of US v. Wong Kim Ark. In that case Wong Kim Ark was granted citizenship. But what they fail to mention was that he was born the son of legal immigrants.
Let’s be honest here. The possibility of revoking anchor baby status already given would be slim. Trying to identify them all would be a monumental task. But, if the Supreme Court does it’s duty, all future babies would remain illegal aliens. In the past, several bills have been proposed to end anchor babies. Who knew it wasn’t necessary? Me and anyone else who can read and is willing to find out the truth.