Talk of Changing the 14th Amendment

Hat tip to Ryan Bell for directing me to this good article, Born in the USA Is What Makes Someone American by Eric Foner.  Here’s an excerpt:

For almost 150 years Americans have believed that anyone born here, whatever his or her origins, can be a good citizen. There is no reason to believe the children of illegal immigrants are any different.

Adopted as part of the effort to purge the nation of the legacy of slavery, birthright citizenship remains an eloquent statement about the nature of our society and a powerful force for immigrant assimilation. In a world where most countries limit access to citizenship via ethnicity, culture or religion, it sets our nation apart.

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