Amendment XIV Citizenship For All (Constitutional by Edited by Jeff Hay

By Edited by Jeff Hay

Starting with the Constitutional modification textual content, every one quantity places a selected modification in old context, examines the way it has been verified within the courts, and offers present controversies and debates.

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Its source is the law of nature, whence it has flowed into the municipal laws of every civilized country, and into the general law of nations. The organic law says that no person but a natural-born citizen, or a citizen when it was made, shall be eligible to the office of President. This 56 Historical Background on the Fourteenth Amendment amendment would make all citizens eligible, negroes as well as whites. For if negroes are citizens, they are natural born, because they are the descendants of ancestors for several generations back, who were born here as well as themselves.

Doe, the Supreme Court holds that a Texas municipality must provide public education to all children living within its area, even if those children’s citizenship status is unclear. The decision creates a precedent by which local governments are required to provide not only education but also other benefits to children of undocumented immigrants. S. citizen, is captured in Afghanistan while fighting for the Taliban against American-led forces. American officials charge him with being an “illegal enemy combatant,” while defenders claim that his rights as an American citizen have been violated because he allegedly has not been granted due process of law.

It is in these words: There shall be no discrimination in civil rights or immunities among citizens of the United States in any State or Ter52 Historical Background on the Fourteenth Amendment ritory of the United States on account of race, color, or previous condition of slavery; and such citizens of every race and color, without regard to any previous condition of slavery or involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall have the same right to make and enforce contracts, to sue, be parties and give evidence, to inherit, purchase, lease, sell, hold, and convey real and personal property, and to full and equal benefit of all laws and proceedings for the security of person and property as is enjoyed by the white citizens, and shall be subject to like punishment, pains, and penalties, and to none other, any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, to the contrary notwithstanding.

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