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Republican Congressman: Deport American Citizens !

California Congressman Duncan Hunter Jr. wants to deport American citizens:

Not all American citizens, mind you. Just the natural-born American citizens that are the children of illegal immigrants.

At a tea party rally in Ramona in San Diego County over the weekend, Hunter fielded a question about the issue.

“Would you support deportation of natural born American citizens that are the children of illegal aliens?” a man in the audience asked.

“I would have to, yes,” Hunter said.

He continued:

You can look and say, ‘You’re a mean guy. That’s a mean thing to do. That’s not a humanitarian thing to do.’ We simply cannot afford what we’re doing right now.”We just can’t afford it anymore,” Hunter said. “That’s it. And we’re not being mean. We’re just saying it takes more than walking across the border to become an American citizen. It’s within our souls.”

“We just can’t afford it anymore,” Hunter said. “That’s it. And we’re not being mean. We’re just saying it takes more than walking across the border to become an American citizen. It’s within our souls.”

Hunter’s office did not immediately return TPM’s phone call seeking comment.

Hunter also said he thinks Arizona’s controversial new immigration law “is a fantastic starting point.”

Of course he did.


There’s just one problem with Hunter’s proposal, and it starts with Section One of the 14th Amendment:

1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside

In United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898), the Supreme Court stated:

[T]he Fourteenth Amendment affirms the ancient and fundamental rule of citizenship by birth within the territory, in the allegiance and under the protection of the country, including all children here born of resident aliens, with the exceptions or qualifications (as old as the rule itself) of children of foreign sovereigns or their ministers, or born on foreign public ships, or of enemies within and during a hostile occupation of part of our territory, and with the single additional exception of children of members of the Indian tribes owing direct allegiance to their several tribes. The Amendment, in clear words and in manifest intent, includes the children born, within the territory of the United States, of all other persons, of whatever race or color, domiciled within the United States. Every citizen or subject of another country, while domiciled here, is within the allegiance and the protection, and consequently subject to the jurisdiction, of the United States.


The evident intention, and the necessary effect, of the submission of this case to the decision of the court upon the facts agreed by the parties were to present for determination the single question stated at the beginning of this opinion, namely, whether a child born in the United States, of parent of Chinese descent, who, at the time of his birth, are subjects of the Emperor of China, but have a permanent domicil and residence in the United States, and are there carrying on business, and are not employed in any diplomatic or official capacity under the Emperor of China, becomes at the time of his birth a citizen of the United States.

Moreover, there’s this from one of the framer’s of the 14th Amendment:

The author of the 14th Amendment, Senator Jacob Merritt Howard of Michigan proposed the addition of the jurisdiction phrase and stated that it tracked what he believed was already the law of the land. As such, he stated, “This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the family of ambassadors, or foreign ministers accredited to the the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons.”

In other words, the children of illegal immigrants are clearly citizens under the 14th Amendment.

You really want to deport American citizens, Congressman ?

4 Responses to “Republican Congressman: Deport American Citizens !”

  1. From my standpoint, a criminal somehow eludes detection, gets one foot inside the border of our country and spawns a LEGAL citizen sounds really dumb. Just saying.

  2. Threadkiller says:

    Sorry, if I posted twice.

  3. Threadkiller says:

    I posted a comment twice. I never saw it go to moderation. When I tried to post again I am told I have already posted the comment. The comment is not posted.

    The only post of mine, so far, says “Sorry, if I posted twice.” Do you know what happened to the previous post?

  4. Threadkiller says:

    John Eastman at Heritage says:
    “Although hard to sustain under the broad lan­guage used by Justice Gray, the actual holding of Wong Kim Ark is actually much more narrow, and the case need not be read so expansively as to pro­duce such absurd results. Because of the Chinese Exclusion Acts,[25] Wong Kim Ark’s parents were ineligible for citizenship even if they had renounced their Chinese citizenship and subjected themselves to the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States. As such, Wong Kim Ark arguably would have been entitled to citizenship because, like his parents, he would in fact have been “sub­ject to the jurisdiction” of the United States in the complete, allegiance-obliging sense intended by the phrase.[26]“

    And just because a guy uses “natural born” in his question and a congressman uses “natural born” in his answer, does not make it appear in the 14th amendment.

    Posting problems may have been my link. LUN for link. Thank you.

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