Friday, June 29, 2007

Immigrant and a citizenship Constitutional Amendment

On my post entitled “Immigration reform, Oklahoma Style” I was asked the following: “What if someone is starving and destitute? As Christians, I thought we live by a higher law and that we see other people through the eyes of God, not through the eyes of any sort of nationalism. 10:47 AM” This is a good and a valid question. I knew I could not answer it in a few sentences. Originally, I thought I would answer it in one post. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized this could be a book and still generate disagreement among Christians. Therefore, although I won’t write a book, I will probably deal with the question with several posts (How many I don’t yet know because I haven’t conceptually thought it out.) I have a few more posts in relation to immigration in general and then I hope to try to answer the question from my understanding of what the Bible says about this question. Since the 4th of July is approaching, I don’t know yet if it will be before or after that holiday. Stay tuned. I do plan on responding. Thanks for the penetrating question. The following is the post for tonight.

How many unborn toddlers were murdered today because of the humanistic, paganish decisions of the United States Supreme Court?

Stop the
Murder of

“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” James 4: 17 (NIV)

One of the problems that has developed is that the children of non-United States citizens are citizens even though their parents are not. This is because of the Fourteenth Amendment which says in part “All persons born or naturalized in the United States…are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” This was a necessary addition to the Constitution to insure that the just freed slaves and their children be rightly recognized as United States citizens by the nation and by all the States. However, although it is no longer necessary in relation to slavery and its aftermath, it does cause some unintended consequences today.

When illegal immigrants enter the United States, any child born to those illegal immigrants is a United States citizen even though the parents of that child, if both illegal, are not. Consequently, a two year old is a citizen while the parents are not. This naturally causes problems in relation to deportment of illegal immigrants. Can we humanely deport the parents, although illegal, when the defenseless child is a citizen?

I lived in the Tucson area for a number of years. I have known several emergency room nurses who worked for a major hospital located in Tucson. It is common knowledge that Mexican citizens will drove to the United States to have their unborn child delivered on American soil. No hospital can legally turn away a patient. Therefore, that child born to Mexican citizens is also automatically an American citizen as provided by the Fourteenth Amendment.

Because of these unintended consequences, I propose the following Constitutional Amendment. Naturally, the lawyers will have to put it into Constitutional language but the intent is to prevent the children of illegal immigrants from automatically becoming American citizens and to stop Mexican citizens (for the most part but also other nationalities) from driving across the border (or entering the United States on vacation or otherwise) to insure American citizenship for their unborn child. The proposed amendment:

An individual who is born to a non-United States citizen within the boundaries of the U.S. or its territories is only a United States citizen if both parents are legally residing within the U.S. or its territories for 3, 7, 14 years, or some other number of years as determined by Congressional law before the birth of said individual.

If an individual becomes a naturalized citizen, the child (children) of that individual also is naturalized if the child (children) is under the age of 18 at the time of the naturalization. Congress by law may change the age restrict section of this Constitutional Amendment in relation to the child (children) becoming a United States citizen at the time of the naturalization of their parents.

Thus, the child of illegal immigrants born within the United States and its territories is NOT A UNITED STATES CITIZEN. If the parents are illegal, the child is illegal. Also, if an individual is born in the United States when their parents are not United States citizens that individual is NOT AUTOMATICALLY A UNITED STATES CITIZEN. The unintended consequences of the Fourteen Amendment should be ended with this amendment and problems that have developed because of those consequences should no longer be a problem for future births.


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