Amending the 14th Amendment: If You're Born in the U.S. Should You Be Guaranteed Citizenship?

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Republicans have been pushing to have hearings to change the 14th Amendment. The way it stands now, if you're born in the U.S., you're an American citizen. We asked you, the listeners, what you thought about changing the 14th amendment, and we hear what you have to say. We're also joined by The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, who believes that Republicans are just nibbling around the edges of the whole immigration issue.

Todd says that it is nearly impossible to alter the Constitution, but that holding hearings lends a certain amount of legitimacy to an issue. Russ Feingold, chair of the Constitution subcomittee has said that such a hearing will not happen on his watch. The real issue, of course, is what to do about the illegal immigrants who are are already living in the United States.


Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [2]

amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

@ Jacob - Agreed that the Constitution is a living document. This is something that Liberal interpretations of said Constitution have been arguing for at least 100 years (and a point I agree with).

What is ironic about this discussion on _amending_ the 14 Amendment to retract U.S.-based births as right to citizenship for undocumented (I mean illegal, of course...) is that the majority of those who would agree with this proposal tend NOT to believe that Constitution is a living document and might be going against their "strict-Constitutionalist" ideology to promote anti-illegal immigration policy.

Aug. 05 2010 10:02 AM
Jacob from Miami Beach

The reason and contents of the 14th Amendment in 1868 were solid in their form, but the constitution is a living document as we Americans live and change. The reason to define citizenship around birth in this country has changed as well to the point that the definition is being taken advantage. Clearly this definition should be changed perhaps to included that the parent(s) should have lived (legally) in this country for 3-5 years. Simply coming here to have a baby based on the child's citizenship was not the intent of the 14th amendment.

Aug. 05 2010 09:50 AM

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