Letters to the Editor

Birthright citizenship and illegal aliens

Re the July 20 opinion, “Born in the USA? So what? Citizenship shouldn’t be a birthright.”

Finally, someone had the courage to write, and a newspaper had the courage to publish, a true and accurate interpretation of the 14th amendment.

The amendment is clear when it states that a requirement of citizenship is that the person be “subject to the jurisdiction” of the U.S. government. Most scholars will agree that the amendment was meant to provide freed slaves with citizenship.

Illegal aliens are not subject to our jurisdiction. For the most part, our government doesn’t even know they’re here. Mexico even provides them with services reserved for their citizens, such as consular identification cards, which legally places them under Mexican jurisdiction.

Illegal aliens maintain legal citizen status in their home country and are subject to their laws. Even their children, born in the U.S.A., are citizens of their native country.

In theory, their home country can tax the wages they earn here. They don’t because they find it beneficial to have their citizens come here legally or illegally because it provides two major benefits to the home country.

One, they are relieved of the burdens associated with taking care of their own citizens. And two, the remittances sent by the illegal population have a positive impact on the home country’s economy.

We are one of only 30 countries (mostly in the western hemisphere) that provides birthright citizenship; most European, Asian, and African countries do not.

If you are born to parents who are citizens or legal residents of this country, you should enjoy the right to citizenship at birth. Otherwise, you should not.

Before saying, “I know my rights,” perhaps the people need to read the U.S. Constitution and the laws that govern them.

Bob Reyes, Homestead

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