At a Rose Garden press briefing on June 15, President Barack Obama announced his administration’s intent to “mend our nation’s immigration policy.”
In what is described by many as the opening of a back door to amnesty, President Obama ordered that,
Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people. Over the next few months, eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization.
In defense of his pronouncement, the President said that this program is “not amnesty, this is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It's not a permanent fix. This is a temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people.”
The President insists that those who will now be granted this reprieve from deportation are “for all intents and purposes ... Americans — they’ve been raised as Americans; understand themselves to be part of this country.” This is likely a concept that the President so warmly embraces as he has been plagued since the announcement of his candidacy for President with allegations that he is himself not a “natural born citizen” as required by Article II of the Constitution.
Unfortunately for President Obama and for those he has now promised protection from removal from the United States, citizenship in the United States is not defined by how one feels about himself, where he was raised, or even where he was born. In fact, a person could have been born in the crown of the Statue of Liberty and still not be a “natural born citizen” as defined by law.
Briefly, the relevant clause of the 14th Amendment reads:
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