Citizenship Down - Akhil Amar

  • Aired:  08/10/10
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Akhil Amar says the big idea behind the 14th Amendment is that U.S. citizens are all born with equal rights. (8:48)

FOLKS, AMERICA IS UNDER ATTACK,

AND IT'S COMING FROM WHERE YOU

LEAST EXPECT IT, THE

CONSTITUTION.

AND WHICH AMENDMENT IS TRYING TO

KILL US?

AT FIRST I WAS SURE IT WAS THE

SECOND.

THAT'S WHERE THE GUNS ARE.

[LAUGHTER]

BUT NO, THIS THREAT IS LURKING

UP IN THE DOUBLE-DIGITS IN THE

MOST SINISTER AMENDMENT OF THEM

ALL.

JIM.

>> A GROWING NUMBER OF

REPUBLICANS ARE CALLING FOR

DUMPING THE 14th AMENDMENT,

REVOKING THE CITIZENSHIP OF

PEOPLE BORN IN THIS COUNTRY IF

ONE OF THEIR PARENTS IS AN

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT.

>> THE 14th AMENDMENT,

LINDSEY GRAHAM AMONG OTHERS, IS

PROPOSING THAT WE REPEAL THE

PROVISION WHERE YOU GET

AUTOMATIC CITIZENSHIP IF YOU ARE

BORN IN THE COUNTRY.

>> THE 14th AMENDMENT WAS

WRITTEN AND PASSED I THINK IN

1868 AT A TIME WHEN WE HAD NO

IMMIGRATION LAW.

>> Stephen: AND THAT'S A GOOD

THING.

IF THERE WAS IMMIGRATION LAW,

THE INDIANS COULD HAVE HAD US

DEPORTED.

[LAUGHTER]

NOW, NOW, FOLKS, SCARY STUFF.

I KNOW.

SCARY STUFF.

NOW, THE 14th AMENDMENT

STATES THAT ALL PERSONS BORN IN

THE UNITED STATES ARE CITIZENS

OF THE UNITED STATES.

AND IMMIGRANTS ARE TAKING

ADVANTAGE OF THIS CONSTITUTIONAL

LOOPHOLE TO STEAL OUR FREEDOM.

>> TO HAVE A CHILD IN AMERICA,

THEY CROSS THE BORDER, THEY GO

TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM, HAVE A

CHILD AND THAT CHILD IS

AUTOMATICALLY AN AMERICAN

CITIZEN.

IT'S CALLED DROP AND LEAVE.

>> Stephen: YES, DROP AND

LEAVE, ALSO KNOWN AS THE SQUEEZE

AND SCRAM, THRUST AND RUSH, DIE

LATE AND REPATRIATE, AND FOR

THOSE WHO RENT A CAR THE LEAVE

THE COUNTRY, SQUIRTS AND HURTS.

[LAUGHTER]

AND IT'S GOT AN EVEN MORE

SINISTER NAME.

JIM.

>> WELL, THAT DROPPING

SITUATION, CHRIS, IS WHAT WE

REFER TO AS ANCHOR BABY.

>> Stephen: THAT'S RIGHT.

ANCHOR BABY.

AND NOT THE GOOD KIND OF ANCHOR

BABY, LIKE THE LOVE CHILD OF

WOLF BLITZER AND GRETA VAN

SUSTEREN.

BLITZER VAN SUSTERWOLF.

NO, I'M TALKING ABOUT THE KIND

OF SINISTER INFANT THAT ALLOWS

ILLEGALS TO STAY IN THE UNITED

STATES.

NOW, LET ME EXPLAIN TO SOME OF

MY VIEWERS WHO DON'T KNOW WHERE

ANCHOR BABIES COME FROM.

YOU SEE, WHEN AN ILLEGAL MAN AND

AN ILLEGAL WOMAN JUST LOVE EACH

OTHER VERY MUCH, THEY SHARE A

SPECIAL HUG IN THE HALLOWED OUT

DASHBOARD OF A MINIVAN AT THE

ARIZONA BORDER CROSSING.

I BELIEVE WE HAVE FOOTAGE OF THE

BORDER BEING BREECHED.

JIM.

>> ARIBA.

>> Stephen: THEY'RE TRYING TO

GET THROUGH THAT WALL ALL RIGHT.

WE NEED A WALL COATED WITH SPERM

SIDAL JELLY, RIBBED FOR YOUR

FREEDOM.

THEN NINE MONTHS LATER THE BABY

IS BORN A U.S. CITIZEN.

AND BY IMMIGRATION LAW, THEY CAN

GET THEIR RELATIVE A GREEN CARD.

ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS WAIT

UNTIL THE CHILD TURNS 21, HAVE

IT PETITION THE GOVERNMENT, THEN

RETURN TO MEXICO FOR A MANDATORY

TEN-YEAR WAITING PERIOD AND

THEN, BOOM, THEY COME BACK TO

STEAL ALL OF OUR SOCIAL SERVICES

STARTING WITH SOCIAL SECURITY

BECAUSE BY THEN THEY'RE

ELIGIBLE.

[LAUGHTER]

EASY PEASY TACO SQUEEZY.

THAT WAS A LOT OF WORDS.

THAT WAS A LOT OF WORDS.

I EARNED MY PAYCHECK ON THAT.

THAT WAS A LOT OF WORDS.

THE ONLY OTHER WAY THEY COULD

STAY IN THIS COUNTRY IS TO BE

ONE OF THE 98% OF IMMIGRANTS WHO

ARE NOT DEPORTED EVERY YEAR.

WE HAVE TO STOP.

THIS EPIDEMIC OF UNWANTED

FOREIGNERS ON OUR SOIL.

AND I CANNOT SAY IT ANY BETTER

THAN MITCH McCONNELL WHO LAST

WEEK SAID, WITH ALL THESE

UNWANTED MEXICANS, "AMERICA WILL

BECOME A COLONY OF ALIENS WHO

WILL SHORTLY BE SO NUMEROUS THEY

WILL NEVER ADOPT OUR LANGUAGE OR

CUSTOMS ANY MORE THAN THEY CAN

ACQUIRE OUR COMPLEXION."

OH, YEAH.

SORRY.

THAT WASN'T MITCH McCONNELL

LAST WEEK.

THAT WAS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN IN

1751.

HE WASN'T TALKING ABOUT

MEXICANS.

HE WAS TALKING ABOUT GERMANS.

AND HE WAS RIGHT, WE DIDN'T STOP

THOSE SWARTHY KRAUTS.

NOW WE'RE ALL WEARING

LEDERHOSEN.

BESIDES, THE 14th AMENDMENT

WAS NEVER MEND TO PROTECT

IMMIGRANTS.

>> WHO IS IT TO PROTECT?

>> SLAVES.

>> SLAVES.

>> THE SLAVES, YES.

SLAVES.

SLAVERY'S A LONG TIME AGO.

>> Stephen: LONG TIME AGO.

THESE DAYS DARK-SKINNED PEOPLE

WITH NO RIGHTS DON'T PICK OUR

CROPS.

WE HAVE MEXICANS FOR THAT.

SO CLEARLY ANCHOR BABIES ARE

DESTROYING THIS COUNTRY, AND

HERE TO MOVE THAT I AM RIGHT BY

DISAGREEING WITH ME IS THE

STERLING PROFESSOR OF LAW AND

POLITICAL SCIENCE AT YALE

UNIVERSITY AND A FORMER ANCHOR

BABY HIMSELF, PLEASE WELCOME

AKEEL AMAR.

PROFESSOR AMAR, THANK YOU SO

MUCH.

[APPLAUSE]

FIRST OF ALL, ISN'T IT A LITTLE

CALLOUS OF YOU TO BE HERE WITH A

MUSLIM-SOUNDING NAME THIS CLOSE

TO GROUND ZERO?

[LAUGHTER]

THAT'S INSENSITIVE, DON'T YOU

THINK?

>> WELL, I GUESS I'M... THERE'S

NOT A LOT I CAN DO ABOUT IT.

>> Stephen: WHAT CAN BE DONE

ABOUT THE 14th AMENDMENT?

CAN WE GET RID OF IT?

>> IT'S A PRETTY GREAT

AMENDMENT.

>> Stephen: IN WHAT WAY?

NAME 18 WAYS IT'S GREAT.

[LAUGHTER]

IT PROTECTS YOUR RIGHT TO KEEP

AND BEAR ARMS AGAINST...

>> Stephen: THE SECOND

AMENDMENT DOES THAT.

>> NO.

>> Stephen: WHAT ARE YOU

TALKING ABOUT?

>> THE ORIGINAL BILL OF RIGHTS

APPLIED ONLY AGAINST THE FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT.

IT WAS THE 14th AMENDMENT,

MR. LINCOLN'S AMENDMENT, THAT

SAYS, "NO STATE SHALL MAKE ANY

LAW WHICH SHALL ABRIDGE THE

PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES OF

CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES,"

ONE OF WHICH IS THE RIGHT TO

HAVE A GUN IN YOUR HOME.

THAT'S A PRETTY GREAT AMENDMENT,

RIGHT?

>> Stephen: CAN WE KEEP THE

14th AMENDMENT BUT MAKE A

SPECIAL CLASS OF U.S.

CITIZENSHIP THAT HAS NO RIGHTS?

>> BEEN THERE.

DONE THAT.

>> Stephen: RIGHT.

>> JIM CROW.

>> Stephen:, NO THIS ISN'T JIM

CROW BECAUSE THIS ISN'T BLACK

PEOPLE.

IT'S HISPANIC PEOPLE.

IT'S DIFFERENT.

OR CAN'T YOU TELL THE

DIFFERENCE, SIR?

THAT'S KIND OF RACIST.

[LAUGHTER]

>> WELL, HERE'S THE BIG IDEA.

THE BIG IDEA IS THAT WE'RE ALL

BORN CITIZENS IF WE'RE BORN IN

THE UNITED STATES AND THAT WE'RE

BORN EQUAL CITIZENS.

IT'S REALLY THE TEXTUAL

EMBODIMENT OF MR. JEFFERSON'S

IDEA THAT ALL ARE CREATED EQUAL.

>> Stephen: DOES THE MOM HAVE

TO BE HERE, OR CAN SHE JUST BE

OVER THE BORDER AND SQUIRT THE

BABY OVER THE BORDER SO IT LANDS

IN BOUND, IT'S LIKE A TENNIS

SERVE, IT JUST LANDS, TIPS OFF

THE LINE.

IS THAT LEGAL?

I'M SURE THERE ARE WOMEN

POINTING THEMSELVES AT OUR

BORDER RIGHT NOW.

>> IT'S AN AMAZING IMAGE.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Stephen: THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

>> BUT I THINK ACTUALLY THE KEY

IS, LET'S FOCUS ON THE CHILD.

IT'S REALLY ALL ABOUT THE CHILD.

>> Stephen: I'M HAPPY TO DO

THAT.

>> A CHILD BORN ON AMERICAN

SOIL.

LET'S NOT FOCUS ON THE PARENTS

SO MUCH.

>> Stephen: THIS IS WHAT

CONFUSES ME ABOUT THESE KIDS.

THEIR PARENTS ARE SHIFTLESS

CRIMINALS WHO BROKE INTO THIS

COUNTRY.

WE GOT TO GET THEM OUT OF HERE,

BUT THAT BABY, BY BEING BORN AN

AMERICAN IS AUTOMATICALLY THE

GREATEST, STRONGEST,

HARDEST-WORKING, MOST

INDUSTRIOUS, MOST PROSPEROUS,

MOST GOD-FEARING PEOPLE IN THE

ENTIRE WORLD.

HOW DID THEY COME OUT OF THESE

CRIMINALS?

[LAUGHTER]

[APPLAUSE]

>> I THINK THAT'S THE BIG IDEA

OF THE 14th AMENDMENT.

WE'RE ALL BORN EQUAL, WHETHER

WE'RE BORN IN WEDLOCK OR OUT,

WHETHER WE'RE BORN RICH OR POOR

OR BLACK OR WHITE OR MALE OR

FEMALE OR GAY OR STRAIGHT OR JEW

OR GENTILE OR BORN TO PARENTS

WHO ARE CRIMINALS OR NOT.

WE'RE JUDGED ULTIMATELY BY OUR

OWN DEEDS.

>> THE 14th AMENDMENT WAS

WRITTEN TO MAKE SURE SLAVES

BECAME CITIZENS, CORRECT?

>> AND THEIR CHILDREN.

>> OKAY.

SO ARE YOU SAYING THAT WE SHOULD

MAKE THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

SLAVES?

BECAUSE THAT'S A KNOWN... HEAR

ME OUT, THAT IS A PROVEN PATH TO

CITIZENSHIP, ISN'T IT?

[LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE]

THINK ABO

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