Resolution on Fourteenth Amendment Exposed
The Resolution on Fourteenth Amendment was adopted by ALEC's Criminal Justice Task Force at the States and Nation Policy Summit in December, 2007 and approved by the ALEC Board of Directors in January, 2008. ALEC has attempted to distance itself from this piece of legislation after the launch of ALECexposed.org in 2011, but it has done nothing to get it repealed in the states where it previously pushed for it to be made into law.
CMD's Bill Summary
This Resolution describes the radical effort pushed by ALEC to destroy the express language of the Constitution's Fourteenth Amendment, which confers citizenship on all persons born in the U.S. The Resolution manufactures the notion that persons who lack legal status, or are out of status, are not subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. and its laws, and that the children of undocumented persons born in the U.S. do not become citizens. This assertion is contrary to long-standing, traditional interpretation of the Constitution. It is also a morally cruel effort to deprive the lawful, constitutionally-guaranteed right to U.S. citizenship to children, who are innocent of any wrongdoing. Note that this Resolution was passed in an election year.
ALEC Resolution Text
Requests that the United States (US) Congress clarify the Fourteenth amendment regarding citizen status for children of illegal aliens.
WHEREAS, the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution states in part "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"; and
WHEREAS, this clause clearly establishes two criteria that must be met before a child born in the United States can be considered a citizen: being born in the United States, and being subject to the jurisdiction of the United States; and
WHEREAS, illegal aliens are not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and, consequently, neither are their children; and
WHEREAS, to eliminate the present problem of granting citizenship to infants who due to their parents' illegal status are not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, Congress needs to clarify that children of illegal aliens inherit the status of their parents and must be recognized as illegal aliens; and
WHEREAS, the current practice of granting citizenship to children of illegal aliens rewards them for violating American law and provides them with a means to avoid the consequences of their unethical and illegal activities.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the American Legislative Exchange Council that the Congress of the United States enact legislation clarifying the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution as denying citizenship status to children of illegal aliens simply by virtue of their being born in the United States.
Adopted by the Criminal Justice Task Force at the States and Nation Policy Summit, December 2007.
Approved by the ALEC Board of Directors January 2008.