You know, and as you pointed out, it settles the great question of citizenship and removes all doubt as to what this clause meant. Why are so many people getting this wrong?
MARK LEVIN: Because they're result-oriented, because they want to insist the Constitution says what it doesn't say. Moreover, the Supreme Court has never ruled that the children of illegal aliens are American citizens. So the Supreme Court has never ruled, and even if they did, it would be wrong.
The clause speaks for itself. The author of the clause made it abundantly, unequivocally clear. And let me add one other thing. Let's read the clause together, shall we? "All persons born or naturalized in the United States" -- let's stop there. If it means what the proponents of birthright citizenship say, it would stop right there. All persons born or naturalized in the United States are citizens! There's no need for anything else!
But that's not what it says. Then it says, "had subject to the jurisdiction thereof." Now, you have slip and fall lawyers, some phony constitutional lawyers, they have "esquire" after their name, they come on TV, they go all over the place.
Jurisdiction means geography. Jurisdiction has nothing to do with geography! Zero! It had to do with political allegiance to the United States of America.
How do we know it? Because they said it! And they also excluded everybody that the left and some of the Republicans want to include.
Now, here's the good news. There's another part of the Constitution. It's article 1, section 8, clause 4. Here's what that says in plain English. "The Congress shall have power to establish a uniform rule of naturalization."
Now, you know what that means? That means Congress, not the courts, not the president, not ICE -- it means the United States Congress has the power to regulate immigration in this regard.
And guess what, Sean? In the 1920s, that's exactly what it did. The 14th Amendment excludes Indians, that is native Americans, as U.S. citizens because they felt that they had an allegiance to their own tribes.
OK. Great. And I believe it was in 1923, Congress reversed course and said, You know what? Under the 14th Amendment and under this article 1, we've decided to grant citizenship, national citizenship, to all native Americans.
As is the case in so many matter, the Left is
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