The 14th Amendment has lots of taxpayers in an uproar. The thought of Illegal immigrants crossing the border and having their babies in America keeps many people up at night, thinking of ways to amend the amendment.
Ratified in 1868, the 14th Amendment granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” which included former slaves recently freed. In addition, it forbids states from denying any person “life, liberty or property, without due process of law” or to “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
The Republican Party Platform, under “Birthright Citizenship,” suggests to “call on the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of these United States to clarify Section 1 of the 14th amendment to limit citizenship by birth to those born to a citizen of the United States: with no exceptions.”
Because of this stipulation in the platform, many candidates find themselves in a tough spot. If they agree the Amendment should be “clarified” then they are following the Platform and will find favor among those who would more than likely vote for them.
But, if they do not agree that the Amendment be changed, then they risk the chance of alienating their “base.”
I do appreciate Ted Cruz answering this question. I’m sure the voters want to know where he stands regarding this particular issue.
We spoke for over 30 minutes…topics ranged from immigration and border security, to the economy and President Obama. We will be releasing these interviews as we edit them.