Politics & Policy

Angle: 14th Amendment Unclear on Birth-Right Citizenship

In statements to the press yesterday, Sharron Angle talked about her concerns with the 14th amendment, in particular the notion that illegal immigrants are not under the jurisdiction of the United States.

Angle’s remarks were in direct response to a question by reporter Laura Myers with the Las Vegas Review Journal, as follows:


Can I ask you about immigration? Harry Reid’s going to have an immigration event tomorrow, something to promote some English-language learning on video. But I want to ask about two things in our interviews: There’s some talk I think, in the 14th amendment, about if you’re born here — your parents are illegal, but if you’re born here you get citizenship — do you think anything should be done about that? And secondly, are you familiar with the Dream Act, which would allow students who were born to illegal immigrants to continue their education?

Angle said she was skeptical about the Dream Act and then added:

As far as the 14th amendment, in my consultations with Dr. John Eastman, he interprets and says that constitutionally — and he’s the foremost constitutional attorney, and that’s why I rely so much on his expertise — is that the 14th amendment states that, not only are you born in this country, but that you’re under its jurisdiction, which means you’re under its laws. And certainly someone who has not come here observant to the rule of law is not under our jurisdiction. And so that, I think, needs to have definition as to exactly what that entails.

Here’s the video:

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