The Constitution places no ban on religious tests for immigrants

There’s been a lot of blather about how the Constitution disallows any religious test for those who wish to immigrate to the United States.  But as Andrew McCarthy points out in a recent piece at NRO, no such ban is written anywhere in the Constitution. The clause said to be the source of this drivel is found in Article VI. As you’ll no doubt be shocked to learn, it has utterly nothing to do with immigration. The clause states, “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States” (emphasis added). On its face, the provision is not only inapplicable to immigrants at large, let alone aliens who would like to be immigrants; it does not even apply to the general public. It is strictly limited to public officials — specifically to their fitness to serve in government positions. This is equally clear from the clause’s context. Right before the “no religious Test”...(Read Full Post)