Tenth Amendment Center

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”—Martin Luther King Jr. There’s an ill will blowing across the country. The economy is tanking. The people are directionless, and politics provides no answer. And like former regimes, the militarized police have stepped up to provide a façade of law…

Today, most people believe that children of illegal aliens who are born in the United States are automatically conferred citizenship by virtue of the 14th Amendment. American politicians regularly pontificate on this topic, basing their positions on constitutional and humanitarian grounds. The issue is considered settled by the federal courts, which have announced continually that…

Democrats generally first try to tell me that each of their various government programs are constitutional. If I’m able to convince them that they’re not, they generally respond by telling me that it doesn’t matter – and that “times change.” They’ll sometimes call me backwards, or racist, but not really often. Republicans generally first try…

The short version is this: The first sentence of the Fourteenth Amendment conveys U.S. citizenship on all persons “born … in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” Obviously we are talking here about persons “born … in the United States.” Thus the children of illegal aliens are not U.S. citizens only if they are not “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States.

In solidly red Arkansas, with Republicans now controlling both houses of the state legislature and the governor’s office, one would expect robust opposition to federal overreach, particularly Obamacare. But Arkansas Republicans were unable to come together in opposition to the Affordable Care Act during the 2015 legislative session. To make matters even worse, many Arkansas…

Earlier today, Judge Andrew Napolitano said that Donald Trump’s immigrant deportation plan, which includes deportation for people born here because their mothers are “here illegally,” is “prohibited by the Constitution.” “The Constitution says very clearly, whoever is born here – no matter the intent of the parent – is a natural-born citizen. He could not…