The Debate in the Senate – Sen. Howard’s Previous Remarks
When the 14th Amendment was submitted to the Senate for discussion, it did not include the first sentence of Section 1. The rest of the section was the same, but the first sentence was an amendment that was added by Senator Howard on May 30, 1866. When he introduced this amendment to the Senate, Sen. Howard explained:
The question of birthright citizenship has received a lot of attention lately. President Trump’s announcement that he was considering an executive order to deny citizenship to the children of illegal aliens sent many Americans searching for either a defense or a refutation of the President’s decision. Most of the resulting discussions and debates have centered around two documents that have, not surprisingly, been hastily mishandled by parties on both sides of the debate. Those two documents are the records of the Senate debate over the 14th Amendment as published by the Congressional Globe and the opinion of the Supreme Court in the case United States v. Wong Kim Ark. In this article, we will examine both of these documents to see whether they support or reprove President Trump’s intentions.
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