Richard S. wrote:... I think the bigger issue is the House ... If you have an illegal population driving up the amount of representatives a state has they are skewing the representation a state has ... see California for example.
If in the future this were to affect a Presidential election there is going to be some serious blowback.
Your answer to one of my questions seems to be, "Yes this is bad." In California, the numbers I can find say that at least 6 percent are illegal immigrants, which certainly is significant. Maybe in 1868, when the 14th Amendment was adopted, there was as yet little concept of "illegal" as opposed to "legal" immigrants? The amendment dealt directly and indirectly with the results of slavery -- the provision for "persons" as opposed to "citizens" was quite intentional, and was included with full realization that it would have an effect on politics and representation.
So come on, all you lovers of the Constitution, support it.
These provisions were put there on purpose, for a reason. If you are going to pick on this one piece just because it seems to have a temporary effect that you don't like, then you have to allow OTHER people to pick on the parts THEY don't like.