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CFPHR signs on to Statement of Principles on Citizenship

CFPHR signs on to Statement of Principles on Citizenship March 27, 2011

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Statement of Principles

Who We Are:

Americans for Constitutional Citizenship is a nationwide coalition of organizations and individuals who support the American Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. While we have a diversity of views on many issues, we stand united in our shared belief that the Citizenship Clause is a fundamental freedom that must be preserved.

Why We Support – And Will Protect – The Constitution’s Citizenship Clause:

“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.” U.S. Const., amend. XIV, § 1.

• Ratified in 1868, in the wake of the Civil War, our nation’s bloodiest conflict, the Citizenship Clause was designed to ensure that all children born in the United States, with minor exceptions for children of foreign diplomats and invading forces, are citizens. It ensures that states could never again seek to create an underclass of Americans.

• Since the Citizenship Clause’s adoption, the federal courts have repeatedly confirmed that it means exactly what it says. In 1898, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Wong Kim Ark that the Clause guarantees citizenship to people born in the United States even if their parents were ineligible for citizenship, and that Congress could not limit its meaning by statute. This ruling has remained settled law for more than a century.

The Citizenship Clause’s guarantee has been profoundly beneficial for our nation. It has served as a cornerstone of the movement to secure civil rights for all Americans, including the right to vote. And it has played an important role in unifying America’s great cultural diversity, which serves as a role model for the rest of the world.

• Efforts to undermine the Citizenship Clause, whether by federal statute or through state legislation, are unconstitutional. The Constitution, our foundational legal document, overrides conflicting federal statutes as well as contrary state constitutions or laws.

• Taking out our frustration with the current immigration system by creating a dual society would be misguided, would violate our values of equality and fairness, and would result in exactly the sort of permanent underclass that the 14th Amendment was written to prevent from ever again existing in our nation.

• Undermining the Citizenship Clause would have many other disastrous effects for everyone in our nation. The citizenship of every person born in the United States could be called into question – and requiring parents to prove their citizenship, in the midst of the momentous occasion of childbirth, would require the creation of extensive new government bureaucracy along with new costs, burdensome procedures, invasion of privacy, and legal disputes.

• The undersigned members of Americans for Constitutional Citizenship support the Constitution’s Citizenship Clause, which guarantees United States citizenship – both federal and state – to those born in this country, and oppose any effort to diminish its scope or protections.

Member Organizations:
African American Catholic Congregation
African American Ministers In Action
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
American Association for Affirmative Action
American Civil Liberties Union
American Federation of Teachers
American Immigration Council
American Immigration Lawyers Association
American Jewish Committee
America’s Voice
Anti-Defamation League
Asian American Justice Center (a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice)
Asian Law Alliance
Asian Pacific American Community Support and Service Association
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO
Asian Pacific American Legal Center
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
Border Action Network
Casa Latina
Center for American Progress
Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights
The Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc.
Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty
DC Vote
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
Disciples Justice Action Network
Equal Justice Society
Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE) Hawai’i
Farmworker Justice
First Focus
Franciscan Action Network
Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
Hispanic Federation
Hispanically Speaking News
Immigration Equality Action Fund
Japanese American Citizens League
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)
LatinoJustice PRLDEF
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
League of United Latin American Citizens
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives
National Association of Human Rights Workers
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund
National Black Justice Coalition
National CAPACD
National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights
National Conference of Puerto Rican Women Inc (NACOPRW)
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of La Raza
National Education Association
National Employment Law Project
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
National Hispana Leadership Institute
National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL)
National Hispanic Media Coalition
National Immigration Forum
National Immigration Law Center
National Partnership for Women & Families
National Urban League
National Women’s Law Center
The Opportunity Agenda
One Nation Indivisible
People For the American Way
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.
Society of American Law Teachers
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
Southern Poverty Law Center
Southwest Voter Registration Education Project
United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
William C. Velasquez Institute