2011 has already turned ugly. On Wednesday, January 5, six state legislators from Arizona, Georgia, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina announced their intention to gut the American citizenship clause enshrined in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. On the following day—the exact day that Republicans felt it necessary to read the Constitution aloud on the floor of the House of Representatives to remind everyone of the importance of upholding its principles—Rep. Steve King (R–IA) added his name to the list of those who want to deface it. He introduced a bill that would change the spirit and intent of the 14th Amendment.
Apparently these gentlemen have a problem with the constitutional guarantee that children born in our country are citizens of the United States.
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These thoughtless and unnecessary proposals take our country in the wrong direction—away from inclusion and away from our core American values. The citizenship clause is a bedrock principle of civil rights and part of what makes us all Americans. Never in our nation’s history have we amended the Constitution to take away someone’s rights, and we should not do so now.
These proposals are inflammatory. Those seeking to decimate the 14th Amendment know that their attempts are constitutionally dubious at best, but they are definitely irresponsible and divisive, guaranteed to make many of our fellow Americans suspect in their own land.
They are impractical. These approaches would throw hospitals, families, and society into chaos, requiring the government to come into every delivery room to determine the paternity of the child and the status of his or her parents.
And these proposals are immoral. They would undermine our nation’s commitment to equality under the law, taking us down a slippery slope where the law permits distinctions based on ancestry, race, ethnicity, gender, and other characteristics.
Help keep 2011 civil by signing this petition to preserve the American citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment!