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Illegal Aliens Now Have A Phone Number To Call If They Believe Their Civil Rights Violated

Simply UNBELIEVABLE! Illegal aliens taken into custody will be given a phone number to call if they believe their civil rights have been violated. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano made that announcement to the House Judiciary Committee in written testimony on Wednesday, October 19, 2011. “The new detainer form also requires state and local law enforcement to provide the arrestees with a copy of the form, which includes a number to call if they believe their civil rights have been violated by ICE,” said Napolitano.

There is no word yet on the number of illegal aliens who believe their civil rights have been violated.

Regarding illegal alien rights, what does the U.S. Supreme Court say? The Supreme Court has ruled that these provisions apply to all persons in the U.S., without regard to race, or nationality. Therefore, U.S. residents – legal and illegal – have constitutional rights such as equal protection of the law and the right to due process. The Supreme Court, this source says, cites the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The 14th amendment, ratified in 1868, begins in section 1, “1. 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.” The other four sections of this amendment are not relevant to this argument.

The United States did not limit immigration in 1868 when the 14th amendment was ratified. There were, by definition, no illegal immigrants. The 14th amendment was ratified in 1868 to protect the rights of native-born Black Americans, whose rights were being denied as recently-freed slaves. It was written in a manner so as to prevent state governments from ever denying citizenship to blacks born in the United States. But in 1868, the United States had no formal immigration policy, and the authors therefore saw no need to address immigration explicitly in the amendment. While many argue that “We the People of the United States,” refers only to legal citizens, the Supreme Court has consistently disagreed.

When the Supreme Court decides cases dealing with 1st amendment rights, it typically draws guidance from the 14th amendment’s principal of “equal protection under the law.” In essence, the “equal protection” clause extends 1st amendment protection to anyone and everyone covered by the 5th and 14th Amendments. Through its consistent rulings that the 5th and 14th amendments apply equally to illegal aliens, they also enjoy 1st amendment rights. Courts have ruled that, while they are within the borders of the United States, illegal aliens are granted the same fundamental, undeniable constitutional rights granted to all Americans.   [emphasis mine]

Is this OUTRAGEOUS? The Supreme Court now interprets “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof” to include illegal immigrants. And, IMHO, the Supreme Court continues to extend, through liberal and all-encompassing interpretations, the 14th amendment. The original intent of the 14th amendment was not to facilitate illegal aliens defying U.S. law. And the Obama administration continues to take advantage of every Supreme Court interpretation favorable to them.

In Steel Co. v. Citizens for a Better Environment (1998) the Supreme Court said “jurisdiction is a word of many, too many, meanings.” Therefore, it is important to become aware of the operational meaning of “subject to the jurisdiction” as employed under the 14th amendment. Both Sen. Lyman Trumbull and Sen. Jacob Howard provide the answer, with Trumbull declaring: “The provision is, that ‘all persons born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens’.” That means ‘subject to the complete jurisdiction thereof.’ What is meant by ‘complete jurisdiction thereof?’ Not owing allegiance to any other country or person is what it means, but the Supreme Court doesn’t see it that way.

So, where are we and what can we do? Well, all “We the People” can do is elect presidents that will appoint Supreme Court justices that will put our country ahead of their own wishes, that will read the Constitution, that will not treat it as a “living document” that can be changed at will, and will make interpretations that will preserve the ideas that made this country great. As Rush Limbaugh says, “Elections have consequences.”

But that’s just my opinion.

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  1. JAN BROWN says:

    Kudos Rich & Dave !!! This is one of the best articles & pick up I’ve seen in some time. I’m sick & tired, & frustrated along with millions of legal American citizens.
    I find it despectable that I can be prosecuted if I, as a legal citizen enter your property sans an invitation, I am ILLEGALLy TRESPASSING & can be prosecuted & punished. All the while our porous borders allow “non-legals”, drugs, terroists, OTM’s to roam freely, at will, & take what I have worked for. Sumpin’ wrong with this picture.
    Recently the Arizona Border Defenders published an article that USDA now has sent copies in Spanish & English to all the consulates in Mexico & USA with instructions on ‘how’ to take advantage of the food stamp program. It’s trick or treat 365 days a year, We keep filling (& paying) their goodie bags with directions to the nearest social service office. It’s high time to slam the door & turn off the porch light!!! There is NO reason that LEGAL American Citizens being forced to live in fear,,& not freedom.

    By the way, does anyone know which rathole the money alloted for the REAL SECURE FENCE went?

  2. Chase200mph says:

    So you a going to tears because illegal immigrants are depleting taxpayer funds and blame Democrats while praising the Republican Party for using taxpayer funding to ship jobs across those borders so the same ethnic groups whom are NOT illegal aliens can work for slave pay as opposed to their illegal counter parts…..LMAO! Open the boarders and push the conspiracies and conspiracy freaks back into the closet where they belong and use the money saved to create new jobs…problem solved.

  3. Dave Francis says:

    Take your complaints to the doors of the Congress, as regards to illegal aliens stealing jobs, by way of collusion of dishonest business owners. Don’t moan about the policies of Sanctuary Cities, Dream Acts or the 6 small amnesties since covertly passed since 1986, unless you are ready to speak up. Then again, if you are incensed about the 20 million foreigners settled in America unlawfully, you can do something now. These migrants and immigrants are depleting the US federal and state treasuries and taxpayers pockets and then make your voice known. Tell the Senators and House Republicans you want Rep. Lamar Smith’s mandatory “Legal Workforce Act as bill H.R. 2885 brought urgently to the House floor. It will reduce illegal immigration nationwide, including your states. Stop the clogged classroom full of children of aliens and sever free health care of these families and empty prisons and jails. The $113 Billion dollars a year, should be going back into your bank account.

    Arizona the first state to recognize the invasion of our sovereign lands, has just made the statement that their prison population has fallen, as an the effect of zero-tolerance enforcement.

    The Courts and President Obama’s Department of In-Justice, Governors, Mayors and federal and state officials have all the power against the average man or women. But if we unite, as one people we can derail all their plans, as the federal judges have deemed mandatory E-Verify constitutional.


    There is no credence in LEGAL IMMIGRANTS being arrested, as this sort of outright lie is generated from the Liberal and Democratic media. Those with a legal right to be here is completely free from any harassment. Any citizen or legal immigrant is welcome to the TEA PARTY membership, no matter the rhetoric and propaganda from the leftist morons.


    Our freshman Congressman has done nothing so far this year to advance the cause of E-Verify and driving illegal aliens out of U.S. jobs to open them up for unemployed Americans. This fax tries to focus your Congressman on the most important thing he/she can do right now to fight illegal immigration — co-sponsor the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2885).

    Millions of patriotic Americans getting this Alert have freshman Representatives who supposedly ran for office to do things differently. Many are members of the TEA PARTY and the TENS OF MILLIONS IN THE TEA PARTY REVOLUTION, must urge these individuals to sign on to H.R. 2885.

    But until they sign onto the bill and moved out of Judiciary, there is little chance that the House Republican leaders will bring it to the floor for a vote. That means millions of Americans will stay unemployed instead of having a chance at the jobs that will be opened up when this bill throws millions of illegal aliens out of their construction, manufacturing, transportation, service and hospitality jobs.

    You can also send a free fax, by going to NumbersUSA or call 202-224-3121 and ask for your U.S. House Representative’s office to urge action in this next session in Congress. The TEA PARTY will not tolerate Sanctuary cities, Dream Acts, another Amnesty or any Immigration Reform that circumvents the law. As far too long the politicians have placed the interests of illegal aliens before its citizens and permanent residents. In additionally we must harass the both parties to build the REAL 2006 SECURE FENCE, an act already passed with no exceptions.

    Entering America unlawfully must be prosecuted as a Felony, as currently it’s not even a Criminal offense. Then we will see some radical changes to this impossible plague.