Sunday, August 8, 2010

14th Amendment, Muse, and Mack

Photo of Mack by Chris Wage.  Used with permission.
Children born in this country - even those born into families with immigration problems - are automatically and inherently U.S. citizens, via the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.

Among those American children with immigration problems higher up their family trees are conservative Nashville blogger Ken Marrero of Blue Collar Muse, and liberal Nashville blogger Mack of Coyote Chronicles.

On Marrero's About page, he says of his father, "it came to light that he’d been living as an illegal here for years."  Marrero then goes on to say:
Fortunately, the naturalization process was simpler then and his marriage to my mother was sufficient to get him his citizenship.
And here's a slice of Mack's story, from one of his recent posts:
Dear Congressman Hunter, after reading your assertion that it “takes more than walking across our border to become a citizen; it's what's in our souls,” I thought I’d introduce you to a couple of people I know pretty well.  See, I am a child of undocumented immigrants. ... I know all too well that it takes more than walking across the border to be an American.  I dare you to look me in the eye and tell me that my parents lacked something “in their souls.”  Any man that would seek to deport native-born children for ANY reason deserves to have the content of his own soul called into question, if you ask me. 
I would ask Marrero and Mack to comment on the 14th Amendment for this story, since the issue is so personal to them, but from the above, it appears they already have.


  1. John,

    I've actually been thinking of writing on this very subject and will be happy to enter a conversation with you on this. Do you want to do this here or via "dueling posts" or some other forum?

    Ken Marrero
    Blue Collar Muse

  2. Ken, we can have a conversation here if you'd like. I'll also be happy to link to any post you write. I hope there's no need for a duel. :)

  3. Interesting. Nice blog!

    Khalil Al-Puertorikani

  4. Hmmmm. "Liberal blogger." I know you were drawing a contrast between me and Ken, but it seems as random (the kids say that) as "Christian blogger" John Lamb.....

    My political views are sometimes liberal, sometimes moderate. But i guess the point of the article is that I can vote, thanks to the 14th.


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