I was under the impression that Birthright Citizenship also applied to children born of legal residents of the US. I agree that children of illegal aliens should not become citizens just because they were born here. However, I have no problem with children of legal aliens becoming citizens when they're born in the US. --Dfrischknecht 12:21, 18 November 2010 (EST)
As I understand, foreign diplomats are subject to a foreign power (i.e. not ours), therefore, According to the Civil Rights Act of 1866, birthright citizenship would not apply to their children. BradB 23:54, 27 April 2011 (EDT)
"subject to the jourisdiction"
Seems to me the argument hinges on the phrase "subject to the jourisdiction thereof" which implies a willingness on the part of the individual to subject themselves to the jourisdiction of the state, not a blanket imposition by the state over all inhabitants. Inhabitants who do not subject themselves, i.e. criminals who willfully disrespect and violate law, forfeit their rights under the law. And a child lacks capacity.
- It doesn't have anything to do with "willingness." It means they aren't citizens of some other country first. PeterKa (talk) 21:23, 1 November 2018 (EDT)
Here is Ann's latest: "The True History of Millstone Babies." The media earnestly assures us that Fourteenth Amendment was passed to protect the rights of the children of illegal aliens. Anyone familiar with history of the 1860s knows that the purpose of the amendment was to reverse the Dred Scott Decision and grant voting and other civil rights to former slaves. Illegal immigration was very far from the minds of John Bingham and the other Radical Republicans who framed and enacted the amendment. In 1898, the Supreme Court applied some rather dubious logic to conclude that the children of legal immigrants were citizens under this amendment. Various federal agencies started granting the children of illegals citizenship in the late 1960s. Since the policy was created by an executive decision, it can logically by reversed by another such decision. PeterKa (talk) 00:08, 2 November 2018 (EDT)