Essay on Proposed Amendment Xxviii Of The Constitution

1217 Words Dec 11th, 2016 5 Pages
The United States Constitution was written in 1787, and has been amended as recently as 1992. Every year, there are hundreds of amendments proposed, but most never make it out of the Congressional committee. Proposed Amendment XXVIII of the Constitution is as follows: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, as well as their immediate family, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. When a child born to immigrant parents in the United States or on United States soil is granted immediate citizenship jus soli, the immediate family of the child is often left without citizenship as well as its associated benefits, which creates a myriad of problems. Contrary to popular belief, most of the benefits freely available to American citizens are unattainable to illegal immigrants whether or not they pay taxes. “Approximately 59 percent of illegal aliens and their U.S.-born children live in or near poverty. In total, 21.5 million immigrants (legal and illegal) and their young children live in or near poverty” (Feere). Amending the Constitution to include citizenship for the immediate families of naturalized citizens would alleviate the economic suffering of these 21.5 million immigrants. It would enable them to improve their economic condition and provide support for their families. Since birthright citizens already have the ability to sponsor their immediate family for citizenship upon turning 21-years-old, Amendment XVIII would only speed…

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