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Rasmussen Poll: Few Support Birthright Citizenship

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Rasmussen Poll: Few Support Birthright Citizenship

Rasmussen Poll: Few Support Birthright Citizenship
May 20
17:41 2019

The mainstream media along with party Democrats have done an incredible selling job regarding children born in the United States to parents who are in the country illegally.

In fact, the term anchor babies falls under the umbrella concept of a legal principle seldom discussed called jus soli, translation “law of the soil” which suggests that children are considered citizens if they’re born in the United States to parents who are in the country illegally. However, what about those children born in another country and enter America with their parents illegally?

A new Rasmussen Poll attempts to gauge where Americans stand on the complex issues of immigration which undoubtedly will be an ongoing topic heading well into the 2020 Presidential election and beyond.

The poll conducted just recently indicates that attitudes regarding immigration haven’t changed since Rasmussen conducted a similar poll back in November of 2018.

This new poll found that 49% of nationwide voters believe that a child born in the United States to an illegal immigrant should be considered a U.S. citizen, while 41% disagree, and just 10% are not sure.

Those numbers are fairly straight forward; however, this is where things get a bit more complex, and where both the media and party Democrats purposely conflate the issue.

When it comes to a pregnant woman entering the country illegally and gives birth on American soil, just 32% of those same voters believe she should be allowed to remain (with her newborn) in the country. That number is down by six percentage points since last fall.

About 47% of those same voters poll believe she should not be allowed to stay, while 22% aren’t sure.

Those looking to deport the woman are in conflict with our 14th Amendment to the Constitution which states; “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States…”

However some constitutional scholars have long argued that there’s an “escape clause” within the text, that has yet to be tested recently by the Supreme Court, in that it’s not enough to simply be born on American soil, one also need to be subject to the jurisdiction thereof.

Which raises the question are illegal aliens subject to the jurisdiction of the United States government? The courts ruled decades ago in the case of Plyier v. Doe in favor of “birthright citizenship, the jurisdiction clause hasn’t been challenged in over 40 years.

As for the Latin term jus soli, “law of the soil” a system where citizenship is determined by the place where a person is born, is the most common means of acquiring citizenship of a nation.

Immigration status 8 USCS § 1401, the following persons can acquire citizenship by jus sol.

• A person born in the U.S., and subject to its jurisdiction.

• A person born in the U.S. as a member of an Indian, Eskimo, Aleutian, or other aboriginal tribes.

• A person of unknown parentage found in the U.S. while under the age of five years. The person can remain a U.S. citizen if it is not shown before s/he attains twenty-five years that the person was not born in the U.S.

“A person born in an outlying possession of the U.S. (i.e., including Puerto Rico, the Panama Canal Zone, Panama, the Virgin Islands and Guam.) of parents, one of whom is a citizen of the U.S. who has been physically present in the United States or one of its outlying possessions for a continuous period of one year.”

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  1. thinkr2
    thinkr2 May 21, 21:31

    Read the discussions that were held in Congress when the 14th Amendment was debated and passed. I think you will change your mind. It was clear that ONLY those born to parents at least one of whom had confirmed allegiance to the US as a citizen was to be considered a citizen.

    Furthermore, I have yet to see documentation of the claim that other countries allow “birthright” citizenship.” Maybe Canada.

    In addition, kids born in the US to foreign diplomats are NOT US citizens. AFAIK, the only foreigners who can get their US-born kids citizenship are Chinese “tourists” and illegal aliens. This is wrong.

    As for the term “jus soli” it appears to be rooted in the feudal tradition that if you were born on the property of a knight or one of the other landed classes, you were the property of the Lord of the Manor. It was rooted in serfdom and slavery.

    It’s more relevant to Subjects, not Citizens.

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