Note: I am not in danger of being deported but I may be facing the potential revoking of my citizenship as an American because I was born abroad [My father’s a former diplomat]
Nevertheless, I am livid.
Just last week President Trump decreed that he was going to sign an executive order to remove ‘birthright citizenship,’ a clause under the 14th Amendment in the Constitution.
Here is what you need to know about the 14th Amendment:
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. 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.
Meaning – that the elimination of this clause, the process of which babies born in the United States automatically become citizens, will be revoked.
But what does Trump do? He sits on his toilet at 6:25 a.m. and tweets:
Sometimes I wish the toilet could just flush his phone down the drain, better yet him.
Because seriously, WHAT DO YOU MEAN NOT COVERED?
If you take a quick trip back in history, this isn’t the first time the 14th Amendment has come into question AND later enforced.
First: In 1898, the US Supreme Court case of US v. Wong Kim Ark confirmed birthright citizenship.
“The majority in the court ruled that the 14th Amendment intent was not “to impose any new restrictions upon citizenship or to prevent any persons from becoming citizens by the fact of birth within the United States…It is declaratory in form, and enabling and extending in effect.”
Also, we cannot forget that –
Second: In Philadelphia, 1853, a court cited that “The right of citizenship…is incident to birth in the country… The child of an alien, if born in the country, is as much a citizen as the natural born child of a citizen, and by operation of the same principle.”
If you are interested in more cases click here.
Why does the white masculine, sexist, misogynistic and entitled President think that he can eliminate this clause with an executive order, one signature – if at all?
I’m not good at math but I am positive that this just does not add up.
He needs to check his privilege. Though I doubt he knows what that means.
NOT ONLY DOES TRUMP THINK HE CAN ALTER WHO BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP PROTECTS, but HE also STATED THAT-
“The U.S. is the only nation around the world to grant such rights.”
President Trump, you are wrong.
The Constitution is in danger folks.
Trump is questioning what the terminology “subject to jurisdiction thereof,” means, which should be self-explanatory but unfortunately, no Supreme Court cases have actually succinctly stated a concrete definition and many people believe that it should be clarified.
If he goes forth with filing an executive order, with the state of our government, who knows what will happen. I mean if he was wanting to change the Constitution why not change “..all men are created equal” to “all individuals are created equal” – inclusivity, not exclusivity…
So, what can you do?
VOTE! PLEASE GO TO THE POLLS NOVEMBER 6TH.
Talk to your State Senator and ask them to be aware of a potential incoming executive order.
If the Constitution changes, what does this mean for the United States? For our national identity?
THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION LITERALLY LIES IN YOUR HANDS, because if you think about, colonialism brought waves of illegal immigrants to the United States, therefore their children and their children’s children are American citizens because of the 14th Amendment.
And if passed…
We will be kicked out too…
Birthright Citizenship involves everyone…
Just think about it…
The ovaries have spoken.
Special thanks to Anthony Garand on Unsplash for the photo!