Born in the USA

4 Oct

Yesterday, I was chatting about some similarities between Paul and Trump. Specifically: 1) They were both against invading Iraq. 2) Trump would like to simplify the tax code, then perhaps graduate to a flat tax (Paul would like to implement a flat tax immediately, which seems unlikely), and 3) Section 1 of the 14th Amendment.

During the CNN debate, Trump stated that he questioned the legality of an illegal citizen’s newborn being granted automatic citizenship. Paul said that Trump had a point because it was written so that slaves would automatically become legalized US citizens.

Oddly enough, I came across an article where Texas seems to be questioning it as well. Apparently, undocumented citizens’ US-born children are being denied birth certificates because the parents are claiming their citizenship via the Mexican consulate. The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) claims that that they have never accepted the picture ID from the Mexican consulate (matricula consular) as proof of citizenship.

The judge wants time to chew on this. I believe it’s pretty cut and dried. If you cannot prove that you are a legal citizen of the US, how then can you obtain a birth certificate which automatically legalizes your newborn? Here’s the article. What do you think?

http://www.texasobserver.org/undocumented-texans-take-birth-certificate-suit-to-court/

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2 Responses to “Born in the USA”

  1. flippertie (@flippertie) December 29, 2015 at 2:19 am #

    “If you cannot prove that you are a legal citizen of the US, how then can you obtain a birth certificate which automatically legalizes your newborn?”

    Any child born on American soil automatically gets U.S. citizenship, unless the child is born to a foreign government official who is in the United States as a recognized diplomat.

    The parent’s status has no bearing on the child’s. It may not be popular – but that’s the law. see Title 8, Section 1401 of the U.S. Code.
    https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/1401

    • kellsbellsfrompc January 2, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

      I believe it is a misinterpretation of the 14th amendment from the time it was written, and I believe it is popular for those who interpret in such a nonsensical way as it suits their needs.

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