Is it just me or does this “Do away with the 14th Amendment” jazz make you antsy?

On the news last night I noticed a lot of commentators and pundits were discussing the 14th amendment all willy nilly.  Um…was anyone else uncomfortable with the dialogue.  I don’t want to wake up tomorrow and hear that I’m not a citizen.  Don’t follow me…

Background: Anderson Cooper’s show offers the rundown of what’s being tossed about in the halls of Capitol Hill.

Republicans such as Sens. Lindsey Graham, John Kyl and John Cornyn are tripping over themselves to jump on the latest “Dumb Way to Solve the Illegal Immigration Problem” bus by suggesting Congress examine repealing the 14th Amendment, which deals with one way of becoming a U.S. citizen.

The far right has latched onto the idea that the provision in question – which grants citizenship to children born in the U.S. – is being abused by illegal immigrants who choose to come to America to have their children, thus worsening the illegal immigration problem.

Some are even trying to suggest that how it is being used today is counter to the original intent of the Founding Fathers.

Of course, the 14th Amendment was not in the first U.S. Constitution as drawn up by our framers. It was adopted on July 9, 1868, to prevent Southern states from denying citizenship to former slaves and their children, since they didn’t choose to come to America. They were brought here for the purpose of the vicious and dehumanizing free-labor plan that helped build the nation – slavery.

There were no immigration laws as we know them in 1868 so this is just crazy talk.

The problem is enforcement of the existing laws.  The 14th amendment can’t change anything that the government is not going to enforce.  The problem in my opinion is that we have neglected our own immigration laws and the enforcement of them for so long that now the elephant in the room is that there are millions of people who would have to be rounded up for the law to really be followed to the letter.  Many of these people have children who are by law American citizens.  Combine this with the fact that we’ve allowed whole industries to benefit from the labor of persons who are in this country illegally.  If all of the “illegal” aliens were forced to leave, the impact would be felt on various levels of our society.

In addition, NO ONE is going to take away the 14th.  One good reason?  All the Italian, German, Russian, and other european immigrants who came to these shores.  You see, no one is going to want to have to prove that their great, great grandma from England or Cicely became a citizen naturally.  Remember people, we are a nation of foreigners.  The only people who’ve “been” here are the Native Americans.


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5 Responses to Is it just me or does this “Do away with the 14th Amendment” jazz make you antsy?

  1. Malcolm X

    I hate to be the messenger of bad news but we, as Black people, are certainly NOT citizens of The United States of America. The criminals, who are the framers of The Constitution, never intended it to be so. If you study this document it was never written with us, Blacks, even as an after thought. If we were true citizens there would be no need for civil rights bills or laws to protect our rights.

    Brotha Malcolm broke it down so plainly way back when in 1963 during an interview at Berkley University. I recommend that you go to YouTube and search “Malcolm X on citizenship”. Brotha Malcolm spoke the harsh truth about this illusion under which we, Blacks, live under. We can go to the polls and vote for whomever we want, be they Democrat, Republican, Independent, etc., it will not change our status in this country. We are not a priority and we never will be under this current criminal enterprise. Once I again I recommend you go to YouTube and listen to Brotha Malcolm expound on this issue, it becomes so LUCID.

    Peace, in the spirit of my “HERO” Brotha Malcolm X.

  2. Glen

    I think u should bpack up Brotha Malcolm and move back to Africa where u wont have any white people messing up ur life.

  3. Malcolm X

    @Sista: Go to YouTube and search “Professor Griff says no to Obama and New World Order”. Also “Professor Griff” s insight on Hip-Hop”.
    Consciousness at its best.

    Peace, in the spirit of my ‘HERO”. Brotha Malcolm X.

  4. Reality_Check

    “I think u should bpack up Brotha Malcolm and move back to Africa where u wont have any white people messing up ur life.”

    You mean like the oil companies, diamond companies and the like (white people) currently in Africa?

    If all of a sudden oil was discovered in Haiti, all of these corporations (white people) will be all over Haiti like white on rice.

  5. Juan

    We need more Mexicans here, not less. Mexicans are driving the negroids out of LA, soon all of CA will be freed of that violent plague called “african americans”.

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