The Fourteenth Amendment, written as a Reconstruction amendment after the Civil War, was intended to benefit recently freed slaves who were being denied their rights in the South.
The first sentence of the amendment states that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof are citizens of the United States.”
However, Sen. Jacob Howard of Michigan, author of the citizenship clause, expressly said: “This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers.”
Open borders activists as well as legal scholars have disputed the intent of Howard’s comments, however.
Still, African-American activists are becoming more vocal in describing how this interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment, which extends citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants, is hurting the African-American community.
In an interview with RT, activist Ted Hayes says illegal immigrants are stealing the birthright of African-Americans as extended by the Fourteenth Amendment.
“We can’t even go in neighborhoods that were once black for fear of being shot, beaten, what have you…”, said Hayes. Black people will be “eliminated” if we continue to extend citizenship to illegal immigrants, Hayes added.
Watch the full interview below: