GOP Lawmaker Racially Attacks Haitians, Says They Don’t Deserve Birthrights Because They Are Not ‘Former Slaves’
Outgoing South Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Sanford echoed Donald Trump’s call for ending birthright citizenship on Wednesday when he said that some babies born in the U.S. from places like Haiti do not deserve to be granted birthright citizenship because the 14th Amendment was only intended to apply to descendants of slaves.
“What do you make of the suggestion that birthright citizenship can be revoked with the stroke of a pen?” MSNBC host Craig Melvin asked the South Carolina Republican during an interview.
“I would find that hard to believe,” Sanford replied. “I’m not a fan of birthright citizenship. But I think it’s much more complex than the stroke of a pen.”
“Why are you not a fan of it?” Melvin wondered. “You do recognize that it’s in enshrined in the Constitution, the Fourteenth Amendment?”
“I happen to be [co-sponsoring] a bill that would say otherwise,” Sanford stuttered. “I think there are a number of folks who have said that particular interpretation is not really what the founding fathers intended.”
“The idea that you just happen to come in from Haiti or anywhere else and because you get your boat to shore, all the sudden you are open to the same rights and privileges that anybody else is, I think that’s at odds with the intent,” he continued. “I think it was ultimately about slavery at that time and rights that should come to former slaves. But we’ll leave that to legal experts.”
Sanford was obviously speaking on opinion and not facts because the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution never mentions slavery as a requirement for birthright citizenship.
The 14th Amendment states:
“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. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
Take a look at the clip below: