Vote in Constitution Day Survey
In the summer of 2010, the question of whether all people born in the US should automatically be US citizens, called "birthright citizenship," became a hot political topic. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution (1868) intended to make clear, once and for all that African Americans were citizens of the United States; that the citizen of any state was also a citizen of the United States; that people born or naturalized in the US were US citizens; that all citizens were equal under the law; and that all people deserved due process of law.
Since its ratification, some people have questioned if the Amendment conferred citizenship to people born in the United States if their parents were not US citizens. The Supreme Court until now, has interpreted the Amendment to mean ALL people, regardless of the parents’ immigration or citizenship status. Some politicians are suggesting that the interpretation is wrong. They say that the law never meant to cover the children of undocumented/illegal immigrants. They are proposing legislation denying automatic US citizenship to children born to people not legally in the US.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
To inform the discussion, we are attaching links to three opinion pieces (one in favor, one opposed and one on middle ground.)
- Kim Pearson on Keeping Birthright Citizenship
- Federation for American Immigration Reform Opposing Birthright Citizenship
- Peter Schuck on Potential Middle Ground
All are welcome to vote! In honor of Constitution Day 2010, we ask the whole York community – students, faculty and staff – to express an opinion and vote. We will have a table in the cafeteria.
All are welcome to vote!
In honor of Constitution Day 2010, we ask the whole York community – students, faculty and staff – to express an opinion and vote. We will have a table in the cafeteria.