Can someone correctly interpret the 14th Amendment that gives children of the undocumented citizenship status?

I was reading on the issue and I came across this article, I don't know much about the 14th Amendment and how it relates to those here without papers. But correct me if I am wrong but the person saying this kinda contradicts himself when he said "This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the family of ambassadors, or foreign ministers accredited to the the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons."

See in my mind that means undocumented or illegal immigrant children automatically become US citizens. Or am I reading it wrong. If you may please correct me.

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  • 10 years ago
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    That's a bit of a warped reading of U.S. vs Wong Kim Ark.

    You are correct, in that the way the 14th Amendment is currently applied means that if you're born in the U.S., you're normally entitled to American citizenship.

    Wikipedia's summary of the case is pretty good.

  • 10 years ago

    "The Examiner", seriously?

    From the first section of the amendment.

    "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."

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