The Amendment Of The Fourteenth Amendment Essay

789 Words May 11th, 2016 4 Pages
As a reminder, the former US Congress and Framers stated that the only desire to stay in the country and become citizen were necessary to start the process. However, and due to the results already known, many of those then-authorized workers now are undocumented because they could not change their immigration status to another that allow them stay longer and permanently. The Fourteenth Amendment establishes that all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States. However, it is not of my interest to speak at detail of citizenship by rights or citizenship by status. For now I will speak regarding the facts of how an undocumented immigrant can change his immigration status taking into account what the Fourteenth Amendment states. In light of the fourteenth amendment and the spirit of the law, the term “subject to jurisdiction” brings many interpretation in order to define if they are or not subject to jurisdiction in order to apply for citizenship. Eastman explains the scope and meanings of the first section of the fourteenth amendment; he stated that main point of describing the conjunctive “and”. It is due to the paragraph mention birth and being subject to jurisdiction. As a part of his reasoning regarding “subject to jurisdiction” term, Eastman presents three sources; first, Senator Lyman Trumbull, who is introduced here as the key figure of the amendment, stated that subject to jurisdiction…

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