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Jim Roberts' letter (01/22/09 ID) takes the position that "an illegal alien mother is subject to the jurisdiction of her native country, as is her baby," citing "Slaugherhouse Cases," 83 U.S.16 Wall. 36 (1872), language which is absent in that case and , is just not true. Mr. Roberts' letter then cites another irrelevant, overturned case, Elk vs. Wilkins (1884), that pertained solely to citizenship issues involving a native American, but then fails to point out that the exclusion of native Americans from citizenship was later eliminated by the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924. Mr. Roberts'letter then disagrees with Mr. Algase's letter's interpretation of Wong Kim Ark, where the US Supreme Court decided whether an American-born person of Chinese ancestry could constitutionally be denied U.S. citizenship. It held that under the Fourteenth Amendment, a child born in the US of parents of foreign descent who, at the time of the child's birth are subjects of a foreign power but who have a permanent domicile and residence in the US and are carrying on business in the US, and not employed in any diplomatic/official capacity under a foreign power, and not members of foreign forces in hostile occupation of US territory, becomes a citizen of the US at time of birth. The court further held that the 14th Amendment's citizenship clause must be interpreted in light of common law that had excluded from citizenship at birth only two classes: (1) children born to foreign diplomats and (2) children born to enemy forces engaged in hostile occupation of country's territory. The "subject to the jurisdiction" phrase in the 14th Amendment specifically encompassed these conditions The Wong court held that since none of these conditions applied, Wong was a USC. Competent and unbiased legal research reveals the US Supreme Court clearly spoke long ago.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
Jim Roberts' letter of January 22 misstates the holding in the leading 1898 Supreme Court decision dealing with citizenship by birth in the US, Wong Kim Ark, mentioned in my January 21 letter. He implies that the decision in that case followed those in two earlier Supreme Court cases, which Mr. Roberts' letter also misreads as allegedly limiting the right of citizenship by birth in the US to children whose parents were US citizens. In fact, the majority opinion in Wong KIm Ark made clear that it emphatically rejected any conclusion, including a non-binding dictum (statement on a side issue) in the well-known Slaughterhouse cases, to the effect that US citizenship by birth was limited to children born in the US whose parents were US citizens. Mr. Roberts' letter also cites another 19th Century Supreme Court case, Elk v. Wilkins (a case dealing with members of Indian tribes, which were considered to be foreign nations at the time), as holding that only a
child of US citizens could be a US citizen by birth in the US. But this interpretation was refuted by the Wong Kim Ark decision itself, which held that Elk v. Wilkins "had no tendency to deny citizenship to children born in the US to foreign parents of Caucasian, African or Mongolian descent, not in the diplomatic service of a foreign country". Nothing could be a clearer statement of law of citizenship by birth in the US as upheld in the Wong Kim Ark decision. Admittedly, two of the Justices in Wong Kim Ark agreed with the restrictive view of US citizenship by birth that Mr. Roberts' letter now proposes, namely that only a child born in the US to US citizen parents is a US citizen by birth. But theirs was a dissenting opinion, not the Court's decision. It was not the law, then or now.
Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY
Mr. Roberts' letter (ID 1/21/2009) didn't mention anything about Chinese Exclusion Act 1882 that made Chinese immigrants to the US as "legal" and welcomed white European ancestors. If Mr. Wong Kim Ark were of Irish or British descent then story would be different and ended in happy ending, and off course there wouldn't fuss about this at all. This is a fine example of blatant racism and hypocrisy. I have nothing against white people, but in this debate all parties should be honest with themselves and particularly those who love to invoke God and the Bible. Those who still can't accept Mr. Obama's eligibility to be the 44th. US President because of the suspicion of his birth place, they should get over it, it's too late. Why nobody challenge this issue much earlier? There are many unjust and stupid laws out there that need to be amended to meet better common sense, rationale and the demand of current time. If naturalized US citizens love their country as much as the "native" ones and capable to be good Presidents, the laws then need to be changed. Laws can always be amended.
While David Murray's letter (ID 1/22/09) is correct in it's belief that our immigration laws should be comprehensively reviewed as to their effectiveness in all areas, not just the legalization provisions, it
does a general disservice to the spirit and intent of CIR by carelessly and incorrectly stating that “CIR was a buzzword for amnesty.” This letter, along with virtually all similar
writings by opponents of CIR, intentionally and
with malice aforethought, equate the long and arduous process of earned
legalization, with the automatic granting of amnesty. Webster’s defines amnesty as “a general pardon,
especially for political offenses against a government.” However, the concept
as described in the fine article by Mr. Roach, is an entirely different animal
indeed. By the letter of Mr. Murray’s own admission, Mr. Roach’s concept is
anything but automatic, and can certainly not be accurately described as “a
general pardon.” In fact, the letter of Mr. Murray goes to great lengths to attempt
to persuade the readers that the provisions in the earned legalization concept
are too difficult and arduous, and should therefore be simplified and less
difficult. I personally believe that the process should be somewhat difficult,
in order to be effective, but not arduously so, or overly punitive. However,
since earned legalization is an opportunity to get right with the law, (as opposed to amnesty, which would be an automatic pardon that forgives one's having to get right with the law), then some punitive action, such as a fine, will be appropriate.
1. Why don't we hear more about Congressman Bob Filner of San Diego regarding his role in immigration reform? 2. Why can't the Department of State allocate more visas for EB3 so that Employment-based visas can go forward? 3. Why can't the very draconian 3 and 10 year bars be repealed so that potential legally entitled immigrants do not have to wait outside the U.S. for such a unreasonable period for family unity purposes or employers to be able to get their approved employees?
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