- The Washington Times - Friday, August 6, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Associated Press article “GOP split over 14th Amendment review” (Web, News, Tuesday) misrepresents the 14th Amendment to the Constitution when it says that amendment grants citizenship “to all persons born or naturalized in the United States.”

Actually, Section I of the Amendment reads, “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.” The phrase “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof” was intended to exclude from automatic citizenship American-born persons whose allegiance to the United States was incomplete, as well as foreign visitors, ambassadors, consuls and any babies born to them here. In the case of illegal aliens, their native country has a claim of allegiance on the child, which calls into question the legitimacy of granting them automatic citizenship.

BOB JENSEN

Leesburg, Va.


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