Skip to comments.This man is the reason America grants birthright citizenship
Posted on 11/04/2018 4:03:21 AM PST by DFG
In 1895, in his early 20s, Wong Kim Ark returned to the United States, the place of his birth.
Hed grown up in San Francisco, the son of Chinese immigrants, and was a cook by trade. His parents had returned to their own homeland in 1890, and hed gone with them but in the time since hed established a transnational lifestyle.
Hed started a family in China, but repeatedly made trips back to the US to work. In fact, hed just met his first child, conceived on an earlier trip, and gotten his wife pregnant with a second.
Such arrangements were not uncommon for Chinese-American men, as the Chinese population in the US was overwhelmingly male.
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A few Wongs don’t make a Right.
Wong Kim Ark’s parents weren’t illegal immigrants. Trump is talking only about the children of illegal immigrants who shouldn’t be here and broke the law to do so.
Both of Ark’s parents were legal US residents, not illegal aliens.
The SCOTUS ruling basically said birthright citizenship goes to those whose parents are here LEGALLY.
Rush said this week immigration was closed until the 60’s when “the swimmer” changed the rules cuz the rats needed a permanent underclass. Haven’t had time to research this yet.
Did Ark then accept handouts and become do nothings? No. Wong Kim Ark “established himself as a restaurant cook.”
What this does not mention is that his parents owned a house in America at the time of the case.
Both of them lived in the US.
That was, in my view, significant information which the court considered in the case.
Exactly. Wong’s parents were legal immigrants. He was born here, had worked in the US before, had many references. He was never “undocumented.”
Read they were deported. Haven’t seen why.
Yeah, this is apples and oranges. Children born on US soil of citizens and LPRs (”legal permanent residents”), like Wong Kim Ark, should be citizens. Children of illegals and persons here on tourist visas shouldn’t be. But I’m dubious that Trump can get it to stick in court. What the law should be and what it is aren’t always the same.
The Supreme Court was wrong. The kid should have been given a green card, not citizenship!
Also at that time there was an embargo on Chinese being granted citizenship so the parents has done everything they could under the laws of the time.
“That the said Wong Kim Ark is not entitled to land in the United States, or to be or remain therein, because he does not belong to any of the privileged classes enumerated in any of the acts of Congress, known as the Chinese Exclusion Acts, [*] which would exempt him from the class or classes which are especially excluded from the United States by the provisions of the said acts.”
Chinese Exclusion Act
The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was the first significant law restricting immigration into the United States. Those on the West Coast were especially prone to attribute declining wages and economic ills on the despised Chinese workers. Although the Chinese composed only .002 percent of the nation’s population, Congress passed the exclusion act to placate worker demands and assuage prevalent concerns about maintaining white “racial purity.”
The statute of 1882 suspended Chinese immigration for ten years and declared the Chinese as ineligible for naturalization. Chinese workers already in the country challenged the constitutionality of the discriminatory acts, but their efforts failed.
The act was renewed in 1892 for another ten years, and in 1902 Chinese immigration was made permanently illegal. The legislation proved very effective, and the Chinese population in the United States sharply declined.
This was not a holding of the case. It was just dicta.Brennans authority for this idiotic statement was that it appeared in a 1912 book written by Clement L. Bouve. Bouve was not a senator, not an elected official, certainly not a judge just some guy who wrote a book.
Hey, dummy, you forgot to tell us if his parents were legal immigrants or did they break in.
The Hart-Cellar Act, or "Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965." In short, it drastically reduced immigration from Christian Europe and opened up immigration from non-Christian impoverished nations. Kennedy didn't write the bill. He promoted it. It wouldn't have passed without him.
In typical Democrat fashion they had to lie to America to get it passed by promising that it wouldn't alter the ethnic or cultural makeup of the country. It didn't, at first. These things take time and 50 years later America is a far different nation that it was in 1965. This was Ted Kennedy's enduring legacy.
Most Americans have been taught to believe that this is settled law, carved in stone. With President Trump tossing out the idea that it might not be, at least we can now discuss it.
The wrong occupant of Ted Kennedys auto drowned.
It didn’t get to be the huge problem it is today till we started giving them free money...
Rather odd considering the 14th was written for one group only - the freed slaves. Applying it to a child of immigrants falls outside the scope of the Amendment.
Keeping in mind the US policy at the time FORBADE making Chinese people citizens, Wong Kim was put before the Supreme Court for one reason, IMO - to provide political cover for the man of questionable eligibility who appointed Chief Justice Grey - President Chester Arthur.
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