This subject always gets folks riled up, and although it is the season of sharing, we’re approaching a critical time with the possibility of a Biden administration unleashing a flood of immigrants on our society, and I think we need to find an answer to this question.
For years, the halls of Congress have resounded with calls for hearings into the 14th Amendment’s supposed grant of citizenship to children born in the United States whose parents are illegal aliens. The issue of whether citizenship is a condition of the location of birth of the “anchor baby” is seen as a crucial battle in the wider war against the invasion of the United States by millions of illegal aliens.
We must look at the original intent of the Constitution (our laws) and especially the terms “natural-born citizen” and “subject to the jurisdiction thereof”.
The eminent Swiss jurist Emer de Vattel defined citizenship in his seminal The Law of Nations as “Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. As the society cannot exist and perpetuate itself otherwise than by the children of the citizens, those children naturally follow the condition of their fathers, and succeed to all their rights. The country of the fathers is therefore that of the children; and these become true citizens merely by their tacit consent. I say, that, in order to be of the country, it is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; for if he is born there of a foreigner, it will be only the place of his birth, and not his country.”
As pointed out in Joe Wolverton’s article at TheNewAmerican.com “Citizenship - rightly defined - depends upon the undivided and lawful allegiance of the child’s parents. Can a child legally inherit property from his parents that his parents do not own? While that child indisputably may work and attain that property by his own effort, his parents may not bequeath such to him, for it is not lawfully theirs to give.”