Five Ft. Three

“A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.” ― Milton Friedman

One more thought

on November 21, 2008

I know I haven’t addressed many comments lately, and this weekend I will get to them. But a thought on the issue of citizenship inspired me to post about it.

If a pregnant American citizen has her baby in another country (whether she be travelling or stationed overseas in the military) then the child she gives birth to is still considered an American citizen when born. Why is that? It’s because the baby was INSIDE an American citizen, so seems to me that that child has an inherent citizenship from being within his mother, does he not?

Conversely, one reason I think that a Constitutional Amendment that grants citizenship status (and thus protection under the Constitution) to the unborn is that it could be worded such that citizenship must be given to a child conceived by at least one parent being a legal citizen of the United States. That way, women can’t be crossing the border illegally just to give birth and have her child be an automatic citizen just by being born here.

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