Monday, June 14, 2010

Because That's Not, Like, You Know, Unconstitutional or Anything

This guy sounds like a frickin' genius:
The author of Arizona’s controversial immigration law is considering a new proposal that would block the children of illegal immigrants from becoming citizens if they are born in the United States. [ED.: Block them from "becoming" citizens? They already ARE citizens by virtue of being born here. See below.]


Pearce contended that the bill would not violate the 14th Amendment, saying only that “we would write it right.”
(emphasis and editorial commentary added)

"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

~Section 1, 14th Amendment, U.S. Constitution

(emphasis added)

You'd "write it right", huh? Good luck making that one work, Einstein.

In fact, you're so blasted intelligent that you've likely discovered the only way a 9th Circuit opinion will ever be affirmed by a unanimous 9-0 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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At 6/14/2010 4:39 PM, Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

Oh, sure a conservative will oppose this on simple Constitutional grounds. But what about a liberal who believes that the Constitution is a "living document" (and therefore a dead letter)?

On what grounds can he object?

At 6/14/2010 4:52 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

The "living" constitutionalist would be able to justify opposition because he believes in expanding the 5th and 14th amendments beyond recognition to include as many people as possible under its protections, including non-citizens.

At 6/15/2010 9:30 AM, Blogger James H said...

I so agree this is so stupid. I do wonder if times if both liberals and Conservatives need to be reminded of their oath to uplod the Const.!! Usually that is included in State legislators oaths as well

At 6/15/2010 1:28 PM, Blogger Dad29 said...

Any damn fool can (and some already HAVE) mis-interpret the clause "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof."

But then, I'm just a layman, un-schooled in the black arts of manipulation.


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