14th Amendment? What’s that?

Posted: 10/28/2015 in Screwed
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The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution covers a lot of territory.  And it doesn’t have anything to say about gun ownership, so it’s understandable that Conservatives know little (or nothing) about it.  But Federal Judges, no matter what their personal fantasies, should.  Which is why it’s a bit of a surprise that U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman doesn’t.  He seems to think that the 14th Amendment doesn’t apply to non-citizens.  Which is odd, considering that the 14th covers one way to become a citizen: being born within America’s borders.  Okay, he’s from Austin, Texas but still, he really should know this.

It all started when Texas health officials decided to deny birth certificates to babies born to non-citizens.  Since other laws require that a certificate of live birth be issued for every child born in this country (remember all the conservative squawking about President Obama’s supposed lack of a live-birth certificate?), and given that a birth certificate is the standard proof of American citizenship (thanks to the 14th Amendment), such a stance would seem to be outright illegal.  But not, apparently, in Texas.

At issue, supposedly, was proof of the identity of the parents.  Mexican consulate issued identity cards, which had been accepted for generations as proof of identity, are now not enough.  And without “proof” of identity of the parents, the name of the parents can’t be placed on the birth certificates, so the certificate can’t be completed.  And, I suppose, it depends on what the definition of “is” is.

In any case, Texas Republicans have once again managed to find a way around the parts of the Constitution they don’t like.  Next up: why only the 1% should be allowed to vote.


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