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Lindsey Graham Says He'll Introduce Legislation to End Birthright Citizenship
We've got one week until the election. Which means everyone running for election or not running for election is ramping up their efforts in the final push for who controls the House and the Senate. As Democrats and Republicans battle it out for our votes, thousands of "migrants" are preparing to invade the Southern border. Trump, love him, hate him, or if you've little opinion of him, largely took the nomination for president because of his early campaign statements against illegal immigration. Illegal immigration is, from where I sit, a largely bipartisan issue. Plenty of leftists are against illegal immigration, despite what media tells you. With all of that, Senator Lindsey Honey Badger Graham said this:
The United States is one of two developed countries in the world who grant citizenship based on location of birth.… https://t.co/5a15aSrEOj— Lindsey Graham (@Lindsey Graham) 1540911360.0
He's referring to the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, the wording of which I've included below. But first, his plan:
In addition, I plan to introduce legislation along the same lines as the proposed executive order from President @realDonaldTrump.— Lindsey Graham (@Lindsey Graham) 1540911660.0
One cannot just wave the Executive order wand to change the Constitution. Before we get into that, here's section one of the 14th Amendment:
Section 1. 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.
Sidestepping how abortion deprives any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law, the amendment is very clear on how those born in the United States are citizens.
So ending birthright citizenship is going to take a lot more than a pen stroke.
In order for Lindsey Graham, Trump, pick your politician, to end birthright citizenship, a Constitutional amendment would need to be passed by two thirds of the House AND Senate, then ratified by 38 states.
Yes, amending the Constitution is a big darn deal for a reason. It shouldn't be easy to change our Constitution. That's by design. Is it possible to add another amendment? Of course, we've seen it done before.
Whether or not this is just a political move to drive more people to the polls, or a real plan, I'm not sure. Certainly making changes to what constitutes an American citizen would end "anchor babies," but so too would the cessation of giving benefits to everyone with their hands out. There's more than one way to end the anchor baby issue.
What do you think will happen?