Constitutional scholar, leading radio talk show host, and author of the New York Times number one bestseller, “Plunder and Deceit,” Mark Levin, weighed in on the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which says in Section 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. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Progressive leftist Democrats, desperate to import more undocumented government-dependent voters, have for years asserted that somehow the above means that babies born to foreign invaders on U.S. soil are automatically U.S. citizens.
The author of the clause (who should know better than liberal judges and talking heads what his own words meant), Senator Jacob Howard, said on May 30, 1866, in describing the 14th Amendment:
“This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors of foreign ministers accredited to the government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons. It settles the great question of citizenship and removes all doubt.”
Pretty clear, right? Well, not for a progressive, apparently.
Appearing on FOX News with Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, founder of the Landmark Legal Foundation, was asked by Hannity, “Why are so many people getting this wrong?”
“Because they’re result oriented. Because they want to insist the Constitution says what it doesn’t say. Moreover, the Supreme Court has never ruled that the children of illegal aliens are American citizens…The clause speaks for itself. The author of the clause made it abundantly, unequivocally clear.”
Levin went on to refer to proponents of birthright citizens as “slip-and-fall lawyers” and “phony constitutional lawyers” who are changing the meaning of the word “jurisdiction” in the first sentence of Section 1, of the 14th Amendment to mean “geography.”
“Jurisdiction has nothing to do with geography — zero! It had to do with political allegiance to the United States of America,” Levin continued. “How do we know it? Because they said it! And they also excluded everybody that the left, and some of the Republicans, want to include.”
GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have both recently came out strongly against birthright citizenship for illegal aliens.
Levin then cited Article I, Section 8, Clause 4, which gives Congress (not Obama, or ICE, or the courts) complete power to set immigration and naturalization laws.