What is 14th Amendment? Explained in Simple Terms

Fourteenth Amendement to the US Constitution was adopted on July 9th, 1868. There 5 sections to the ammendment.

Section 1, is one of the most often used ones in court which states that all of the US citizens (born or naturalized) have equal rights, no matter the color, gender, sexual preference. Everyone is subject to being protected by the law. And no government can take a person’s life, freedom and property away without the proper legal judgment.

According to the the Fourteenth Amendment, everyone who is born in the US no matter his or her parents’ citizenship, automatically becomes a US citizen. It comes from the times when descendants of African slaves were not allowed to have the US citizenship. The amendment allowed them to become US citizens, gaining equal rights and treatment.

President Trump wants to sign the executive order to end the right for children to automatically become citizens if they were born in the U.S. to parents who are citizens of other countries. Basically, changing the constitution.

During the interview with Axios, he said:

“We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits…It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”

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