Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) are proposing a constitutional amendment to get rid of birthright citizenship.
This act would repeal a part of the 14th Amendment, which is the one that was enacted after the Civil War to guarantee citizenship to the children of slaves born here. In this case they’re going after the children of undocumented immigrants.
It’s a nice red-meat way to deal with the immigration issue, and that’s about all it really will be. It takes super-majorities in both Houses of Congress and the legislatures of the states to pass an amendment, which means it’s really hard to do it, so it’s not going to go anywhere. It also leaves open the question as to what happens to a child who is born here without being a citizen of any country. They never seem to think these things through, but it will get them time on Fox News, so there you have it.
Did you ever notice that it’s the people who swear that they love the Constitution and believe it is sacred text are always the ones who want to change it fundamentally by repealing basic rights or clutter it up with crap with things like flag burning, balanced budgets, and matrimonial conditions. What is up with that?