First off, the Supreme Court gets to clarify what the 14th Amendment means, not Congress.
Second, we are talking about naturally born United States citizens being deported, just cause their parents crossed a border they weren't supposed to.
You wouldn't revoke someone's drivers license cause his parents have multiple DUI's.
You wouldn't make someone file as a sex offender cause his parents got caught hanging out in playgrounds looking for random kids to play doctor with.
You wouldn't take a gun away from someone because his parents held up a bank and shot the security guard.
But you want to deport people who were born here because of something their parents did before they were born.
My great grandfather on my dad's side (his mother's father) immigrated to America with my great grandmother sometime vaguely in the vicinity of World War 1. They came from Eastern Europe. Don't ask me what country - no one knows for sure. My great-grandfather, who I never met, didn't speak much English and never told anyone much about the old world. My great Aunt insisted he tell them what town he came from, so he gave them a name that she wrote down but never looked it up. We found it in her house when she died, and my dad tried to look up where it was but it just turned out to be yiddish or obscure Eastern European Jewish slang for "My Village" or some shit like that. My grandmother asked him once about going to Ellis Island. He laughed and told her that the last name she's been using all her life isn't her real name, cause he made up a fake one to tell the stupid Americans who would never be able to pronounce their real last name. He never directly addressed whether or not he even went to Ellis Island. And his refusal to divulge any information about his native country makes me suspect something shady happened. It's quite possible he cam to America illegally.
His daughter, my Grandmother, was born here in America. She has lived all 90 years of her life in America and except for one cruise to Bermuda, she's never set foot off US soil. She married a World War 2 veteran and had 3 kids. Then her husband died very young and she raised her 3 American children as a single mother, and from a family where no one had ever gone to college, all 3 of her single-parent-raised children not only graduated college, but two of them went on to get professional degrees and the other opened his own successful business, so there was no question that all 5 of her American grandchildren were going to be college bound.
She is the f**k American dream. Textbook. But because her dad may have come here in a shady manner before she was born, you would ship her back to [Unspecified Shithole] in Eastern Europe? f**k off.
I know this law is not retroactive like that, but it would do the exact same thing to someone's grandmother 90 years from now if her parents snuck in, had her and laid low enough to not get caught.
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