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The Brian Lehrer Show

Can the 14th Amendment End the Debt Ceiling Debate?

Thursday, July 07, 2011

How might the Constitution affect the debt ceiling debate? Jay Wexler, law professor at Boston University, blogger and author of the forthcoming book The Odd Clauses: Understanding the Constitution through Ten of Its Most Curious Provisions, discusses the meaning of Section 4 of the 14th Amendment and its potential role in the debt ceiling debate.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Children of Undocumented Immigrants

Friday, August 13, 2010

Julia Preston, national immigration correspondent for the New York Times, discusses the debate heating up about what rights children of undocumented immigrants should have.

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The Takeaway

Questions on Prop 8, Birthright Citizenship Ignite Debate on 14th Amendment

Thursday, August 05, 2010

This week, we discuss two big stories, each of which considers the original intent of the 14th Amendment. Known as the "Reconstruction Amendment," as it passed in the aftermath of the Civil War, this clause of the Constitution guarantees U.S. citizenship for anyone born in the United States. It prohibits state governments from depriving anyone of "life, liberty, or property, without due process of law," and mandates "equal protection of the laws" for all citizens.

On Wednesday, a federal judge in California ruled Proposition 8, the voter-backed ballot measure to prohibit same-sex marriage, unconstitutional based on "due process" and "equal protection" grounds: both clauses in the 14th Amendment.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, several Republican senators are proposing to repeal or change the Amendment. They say we should no longer automatically give citizenship to American-born children of illegal immigrants.

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The Takeaway

Amending the 14th Amendment: If You're Born in the U.S. Should You Be Guaranteed Citizenship?

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Republicans have been pushing to have hearings to change the 14th Amendment. The way it stands now, if you're born in the U.S., you're an American citizen. We asked you, the listeners, what you thought about changing the 14th amendment, and we hear what you have to say. We're also joined by The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, who believes that Republicans are just nibbling around the edges of the whole immigration issue.

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