Several commenters here and at Firedoglake have stated that a Repeal of the 14th Amendment isn’t necessary, only a change to that amendment is needed, in response to my previous post, If 14th Amendment Is Repealed, What Makes Any Of Us Citizens. I answered that statement a bit in my comments section on my blog, but it’s an important enough issue to write a new post about it.
So you want to change the 14th Amendment, do you? You want to insert language in it which states that children of any “illegal” immigrant are not automatically afforded citizenship and the rights that come with that? I heard that argument before I wrote the first post, and I’ve also heard that some of you want it to be retroactive. Of course, because after all, here in America, there is no Statute of Limitations on burying the evidence of our ignorance. I’m not calling my commenters ignorant; I hope they understand this. I respect them. Allow me to explain.