From the fine folks in California who want to crucify illegal immigrants and also set up a Bear Patrol comes this:
The plan: a California ballot initiative that would end public benefits for illegal immigrants, cut off welfare payments for their children and impose new rules for birth certificates.
“We will be out in full force to qualify this initiative,” said Barbara Coe, who helped develop Proposition 187, the 1994 measure that would have ended benefits to illegal immigrants but was ruled unconstitutional. “Illegals and their children are costing the state billions of dollars. It’s invasion by birth canal.”
Supporters of the initiative, recently unveiled by San Diego political activist Ted Hilton, hope to challenge the citizenship of children born in the United States to parents who are here illegally.
The 14th Amendment states that “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside.” Backers of the initiative argue that illegal residents are not “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States and that, as a result, their U.S.-born children should not be citizens.
Key paragraph is the last one, because unsurprisingly, the idiots backing this have no idea what they’re talking about. “Subject to the jurisdiction thereof” means that the laws of the United States are applicable to them. Last I checked, if an illegal immigrant committed a crime, he was still criminally liable for the punishment.
(For the sake of comparison, when the amendment was being discussed after the Civil War, the chief area of concern was how this would apply to members of Indian nations who were not American citizens; those living within Indian territory would not be subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and therefore not citizens. It was actually written specifically to avoid naturalizing Indians who didn’t have citizenship and didn’t want it. This is the rare moment where a coincidence people would call “ironic” is actually ironic!)