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originally posted by: Gazrok
All well and dandy...now look at the immigration "laws" in place then.
My point, is that immigration at the time was encouraged and had few restrictions, so very few immigrants would be considered "illegal immigrants". That's the point of contention...
And, it's a far cry from coming into a country, just to make some anchor babies to start receiving state benefits all because of a misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment.
"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"
The bolded part is where the anchor baby idea falls flat. But, of course, the lawyers always go back and forth on it, so in practice, we defaulted to "born here, instant citizen"...a practice most other nations do NOT use. (for obvious reasons)