Two Republican senators are introducing a resolution that would end the constitutional right to citizenship that comes with being born on U.S. soil.No, Rand, citizenship is not a privilege. It's a right. By your logic, Senator Paul, all of the founders, born as British subjects, should have their citizenship revoked. Using the senator's logic, the slaves who were FORCED here against their will and all of their descendants would not be able to call themselves a United States citizen.
Rand Paul (Ky.) and David Vitter (La.) are introducing a resolution this week that would amend the Constitution so that a person born in the United States could only become an American citizen if one or more of his or her parents is a legal citizen, legal immigrant or member of the armed forces, according to a joint press release Thursday.[...]
Paul said the legislation enforces the current immigration rules.
"Citizenship is a privilege, and only those who respect our immigration laws should be allowed to enjoy its benefits," Paul said. "This legislation makes it necessary that everyone follow the rules, and goes through same process to become a U.S. citizen."
The resolution is part of a larger bundle of immigration bills that Vitter introduced at the beginning of the 112th Congress.
Similar legislation to end what critics decry as "birthright citizenship" did not pass in the 111th Congress.
Rand, here's the 14th Amendment:
AMENDMENT XIVPlease study this, Rand.
Passed by Congress June 13, 1866. Ratified July 9, 1868.
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.