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Gerardus T. Hauwert @Hauwertsr
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TAKING A LOOK:

14th Amendment (see Wiki)

"Section 1. 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."
The first word of particular interest to me is the word "and"; it is conjunctive. That means the idea that preceded it and the idea that followed it MUST be tied together: you can NOT be a citizen by just being BORN here; and, you can NOT be a citizen by just being NATURALIZED.
You MUST also be "subject to the jurisdiction thereof". What is that?

I am myself a Naturalized American Citizen since 1968. No matter what was done by my parents on my behalf or by myself to become a US Citizen, NOTHING was sufficient to meet the criteria of jurisdiction until:
I took a DULY AUTHORIZED OATH.

You must have seen people take that OATH & celebrate right thereafter. At that point in time both of the conjunctive parameters were met.

It was't until late in the next year that I became a US Marine. No matter all the work that was done to be..
a US Marine, I was NOT one until after I took a DULY AUTHORIZED OATH.

What's interesting is that my kids did NOT have to take an OATH to be a US Citizen; they were born to my wife (a US Citizen by birth) and me in the US. The OATH I had already taken * passed * to my children.
In retrospect, I can see that PRIOR to taking a DULY AUTHORIZED OATH, my presence in the US was NOT sufficient to attain Citizenship. Not was it ever sufficient for me to "FOLLOW THE LAW" (be law-abiding) to attain that Citizenship. No matter how much I participated in US life:
like getting an education, a job, paying my bills and paying taxes were NOT sufficient to meet the condition "subject to the Jurisdiction thereof".

IT WAS NOT UNTIL AFTER I TOOK A DULY AUTHORIZED OATH that I met that second condition specified in the US Constitution.
I suspect the American way of life and citizenship has been this way for a long time and I do not see any reason why it should change. While people may disagree on a personal or State level, there are some safeguards in the US Constitution that support my view against any change.
"No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States;.."

OK, the State can NOT modify any privilege; but isn't the word "immunities" interesting?
"Immunity": protect or exempt.

Thus, the State CAN NOT make or enforce ANY LAW that modifies the US FEDERAL LAW that defines Citizenship privileges, protections and/or exemptions.

"State Citizenship" (if any)? Irrelevant; besides, have you ever taken a "State Oath"? Unheard of.
".. 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."
Thus States are MANDATED to adhere to the FEDERAL DUE PROCESS and EQUAL protections afforded ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS.

AS SUCH States are prohibited from making contrarian laws.
NON-AUTHORIZED people in the US need to return home; anyone without a home or thinks the US IS THEIR HOME needs to follow EXISTING LAW to apply for authorization to stay.

IMO, the US recognizes a GREAT NEED to improve IMMIGRATION laws..
IF you are in favor of IMPROVING IMMIGRATION LAWS at the earliest opportunity, VOTE STRAIGHT REPUBLICAN.

Americans & people who take the Oath to be a Citizen are blessed & have a sacred obligation to teach their children American principles and values.

God is watching.

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