Birthright Citizenship and Natural Rights

Michael Anton, who was a speechwriter for George W. Bush's administration and later a pro-Trump blogger for the Journal of American Greatness, has acquired additional fame as a critic of granting citizenship to the offspring of illegal aliens.  Anton's work has not gone unnoticed.  Advocates of giving instant citizenship to "anchor babies" have predictably attacked him as a racist for questioning their generous gesture.  Supposedly, the Fourteenth Amendment provides for a right to citizenship for anyone born on American soil.  And though the same amendment requires that those who are granted this right are "subject to the jurisdiction" of the American government, those groups who were thought to be outside this jurisdiction, we are told, are Indian tribes and the children of foreign diplomats.  Presumably, in both these cases, those who were born on American soil were subject to another jurisdiction,...(Read Full Article)
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