The hosts of Fox & Friends suggested on Wednesday that the 14th Amendment did not grant citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants because it was meant only for slaves, which is a constitutional interpretation that is popular among white supremacist groups.
During an interview on Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly that he would be able to deport the children of undocumented immigrant because their claim to citizenship would not “hold up in court.”
On Wednesday, Fox News host Steve Doocy claimed that Trump could be right because the 14th Amendment was “specifically about slaves.”
The Fox News host said that a “DOJ attorney” told him that “because the 14th Amendment was written specifically about slaves, many lawyers think the 1898 case involving this fellow that was born here in this country to Chinese parents was wrongly decided by the supreme courts.”
“So, I see what Mr. Trump is talking about right there,” Doocy opined. “But still, practically, what’s going to happen?”
“How do you implement that?” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked. “Just go knocking on doors and finding babies?”
Co-host Brian Kilmeade argued that it would be impossible to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants and their children.
“There’s no way we can afford to kick out 11 million people,” he insisted.
“They’ve got to do something,” Doocy remarked. “Is that the key? Stay tuned.”
The idea that so-called “anchor babies” are not truly American citizens is a tenet of white supremacist websites like Stormfront.
“The Children of the illegal immigrants in this country are NOT U.S. citizens, since they are the children of Mexican citizens, not of American citizens,” a Stormfront member explained in 2006. “Indeed, the Jews who were born in the US are not citizens of the US by the accident of birth. As their allegiance is with Israel, the People and the State, they are not citizens, even though they may verbally take the Oath of Allegiance in words (as they have done in other countries, in order to have the normal privileges and immunities of the citizenry).”
“Congress presumed that the freed slaves were not citizens of some other country, since their ancestors had been removed or abandoned their homeland long ago. This presumption was correct, but it does not give it authority to make citizens out of people who are not citizens of any country. Citizenship is not something that can be dispensed.”
The Atlantic noted that similar constitutional interpretations had been promoted by Glenn Beck, Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce (R) and conservative historian David Barton.
“When a ‘constitutionalist’ begins minimizing the Amendment, it’s a sign of ignorance; when a politician or a judge does it, it’s a sign of something worse.” The Atlantic‘s Garrett Epps wrote.
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Aug. 19, 2015.
Video shows California cops pointing guns at Black teens who were being threatened by homeless man
Law enforcement officers in Santa Clarita, California were seen on video pointing weapons at Black teens who were allegedly being threatened by a homeless man.
The video was posted by Instagram user Tammilaray.
"I wanted to share what happened to my son yesterday in SCV when he was with a couple of friends sitting at a bus stop headed home," the Instagram user explained. "He was attacked by a gentleman (homeless guy) who approached them and first asked them if they had any crack then tried to take their things."
According to the report, the manager of the nearby Buffalo Wild Wings called the cops to get help for the teens.
‘Back the Blue’ members beat BLM protesters in Colorado ditch: ‘Keep punching each other in the face’
Members of a "Back the Blue" rally were seen fighting with Black Lives Matter counter-protesters in Fort Collins, Colorado over the weekend.
Video posted on social media shows members of the "Back the Blue" group advancing on Black Lives Matter activists. The confrontation eventually becomes a fighting match in a neighborhood ditch.
"Everybody keep their hands off their weapons!" one man can be heard shouting. "Keep punching each other in the face. Don't shoot anybody."
Ciara Wilson posted video of the confrontation on Instagram.
"I was at the Pro Police FCPD rally today," she wrote. "Counter protestors were violently beaten and had no signs of aggression or hostility. Pro Police protestors forced them to the end of the block and then savagely assaulted them. Afterwards the COUNTER PROTESTORS WERE DETAINED. The officers did not tell them why they were being detained. The pro police protestors who literally assaulted these people for no fucking reason other than being PSYCHOPATHS got away with it. I am so sick and tired of this."
WATCH: Brutal new ad nails Trump’s decades-long history of racism
A new ad from progressive PAC MeidasTouch draws upon years of video footage to expose Donald Trump as a racist, going back to him calling for the execution of the Central Park Five -- who were found innocent -- to his present-day dog whistles to racists to support his re-election campaign.
The ad, called "Vote Out Racism," was released late Friday night, also touches on his birther comments about former President Barack Obama that extended into his presidential run in 2016.
You can see the ad below: