Citizenship is an outdated notion in the 21st century. Critically discuss this statement. Citizenship can be defined as the position or status of being a citizen in a particular country (Oxford Dictionaries, 2016). This definition is not very broad, nor does it cover the many aspects of citizenship that exist in the 21st century. It is not only about being a legal citizen of a particular country, it is also about being a social citizen. You can be a citizen of Australia but choose to live elsewhere for the majority of your life. In terms of citizenship it is relevant on a political and social level. If you are actively contributing to the country in which you live in some ways you are fulfilling your duties as a citizen.
Rights and Responsibilities of U.S. Citizens Become a citizen of one of the best nations in the world is a privilege that not many people have. I’m talking about the United States of America. If you are an U.S natural born citizen you have rights and responsibilities that protect you based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S Constitution. People who are in the position to become U.S. citizens gain the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities of citizenship as natural born American with the only restriction that they can’t be eligible for President of the United States.
It contrasts with citizenship acquired in other ways, for example by naturalization later in life. Birthright citizenship may be conferred by jus soli or jus sanguinis. Under United States law, any person born within the United States (including the territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands) and subject to its jurisdiction is automatically granted U.S. citizenship, as are many (though not all) children born to American citizens overseas. (Spaulding, 2010).
The history of Birthright Citizenship gives the reason for its existence. Back to the year of 1857, in the Dred Scott decision passed by the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Roger Taney declared that blacks were “regarded as beings of an inferior order and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect”, irritating all the free ones and slaveries who pursued the basic rights to live as equal as the Caucasians did (Howard 407). As known to all, it was a major fuse that ignited the Civil Wars, which
If you look up the word naturalization you will find the following definition: to confer upon (an alien) the rights and privileges of a citizen. In reality this means nothing, it don’t really tell us much. When people think about the naturalization that definition is not what comes to mind. What comes to mind when thinking about naturalization is more like the word reborn or that it has something to do with nature. In reality that is true because the naturalization process is basically gives an opportunity to people who weren’t born in the United States to become citizens.
Many people have different theories. As mentioned earlier, this clause in the Constitution is to protect the United States from influence from outside countries. What this means is that a group can form a conspiracy in which they plan to become the POTUS (President of the United States) and other major parts in government to keep the conspirators in power. This could lead to tyranny in the nation and utterly destroying what America stands for, Democracy. There are, however, good things that can come out of the removal of the Natural Born Citizen Clause. These foreign leaders could bring in new ideas and philosophies. This would be beneficial, but would you take the risk of being ruled by another country? I don't think you
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws (http://www.house.gov/Constitution/Amend.html ).
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law, which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property,
Illegal or Legal Children Children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants should not become U.S. citizens. Many pregnant immigrant women are illegally coming into the country just to have their babies. These women get free medical attention for themselves and the baby. This is costing the U.S. millions of dollars every year.
A big issue that surrounds the United States today is whether or not babies born on United States soil are to be considered full-fledged citizens or not, regardless of the family’s recent migration into the United States. The children born in the United States to illegal alien mothers are often referred to as "anchor babies”. Under current practice, these children are United States citizens at birth, simply because they were born on United States soil. They are called anchor babies because, as United States citizens, they become eligible to sponsor their relatives when they turn 21 years of age, thus becoming the legal United States "anchor" for an extended immigrant family (Shopper). Thus, the United States born children of illegal aliens not only represent additional U.S. population growth, but also act as anchors to eventually pull a large number of extended family members into the country legally; moreover, a whole industry has built up around the United States system of birthright citizenship, thousands of pregnant women who are about to deliver come to the United States each year from countries as far away as South Korea and as near as Mexico so that they can give birth on U.S. soil (Anchor Babies, NumbersUSA).The original intent of the 14th Amendment was clearly not considering illegal aliens going around the United States laws. Estimates indicate there may be over 300,000 anchor babies born each year in the United States; overall, causing illegal alien mothers to add
Kevin Killian Political Science 1100 Dr. Kuehls 14th Amendment and the Issues of Birthright Naturalization For many years immigration has been a sensitive topic within the United States, and one could argue that within the last 5 years it has become a popular debate between both of its major political parties. Naturalization by birth has become something of a “heated” topic within the parameters of immigration in politics since the starting of the 2016 presidential debates. The first line of the opening statement in the Fourteenth amendment states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” It is the intent of this
the fourteenth Amendment guarantee citizenship for youths considered in the Unified States whose gatekeepers are not U.S. locals. Some have prescribed that the fourteenth
The U.S. immigrant population stood at more than 42.4 million (13.3 percent) of the total U.S. population of 318.9 million in 2014, according to American Community Service (ACS) data. Clearly our nation needs an inclusive immigration plan. Since the number of immigrants is increasing drastically, granting immigrants U.S. citizenship will
Birthright citizenship causes many problems for the American society. The first major issue is that it causes a bad chain reaction. Once the child has citizenship, it makes it harder to deport the parents, who are still illegal aliens. This becomes a moral dilemma when the parents are breaking the law and their child is stuck here. Having a baby is beneficial for the parents, because it gives them a better chance of gaining citizenship. The chain reaction starts when the family starts inviting their extended family and inlaws to take advantage of this loophole in the constitution. This means that more undocumented immigrants have an incentive to come to America and break the law.
The modern conventional wisdom of the phrase “natural born citizen” in the presidential eligibility clause referred to anyone who was a U.S. citizen at birth either by a U.S. statute or via the Constitution. The Constitution has no “definition” section, and subsequently the Supreme Court has stated that when the Constitution is silent the law “must be interpreted in the light of the common law, the principles and history of which were familiarly known to the framers of the Constitution.” My argument is simple, it is reasonable to assume that the framers, most of whom were well-trained lawyers, purposely did not define the term ‘natural born citizen’ believing that the controlling common law principle was Jus Soli, and that Congress would pass corresponding statutes to accommodate any exceptions to this principle similar to the practice that occurred in England with Parliament.