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.
‘You need to go’: White woman screaming about abortion gets pulled away by cops for heckling black speaker
Conservative activist Kaitlin Bennett was escorted away by police after she tried to interrupt a liberal speaker.
The incident, which was caught on video, appeared to take place in Houston prior to last week's Democratic presidential debate. The video was later posted online by The Blaze's Elijah Schaffer, who was sympathetic to the right-wing heckler.
The video shows a speaker, who is black, talking about systemic racism.
"They have found ways to cage our babies, separate families, mistreat and abuse us," the woman says before she was interrupted by Bennett.
"What about abortion?" Bennett exclaims.
‘He didn’t do nothing’: Black kids confront white Philly cops as they terrorize innocent student at bus stop
A group of children called out Philadelphia police officers who said that they wanted the kids to be "shaking" from the confrontation.
Video posted on social media over the weekend shows a white officer telling a shirtless African-American boy to get in his police cruiser.
The video was posted by Twitter by a user named Asia who claimed to be a student waiting for her bus.
Instagram is helping this get out, but it needs more attraction. This Happened in Philadelphia,Pa on Thursday. A group of school kids and I were waiting for the bus at the bus stop when a cop car came to us, slowed down and stared at us then kept going down the street. pic.twitter.com/OrvOvWf3Oh
Kellyanne Conway: It’s unconstitutional for Democrats to ’embarrass this president’ with impeachment
White House aide Kellyanne Conway on Sunday insisted that Democrats do not have a "constitutional basis" to embarrass President Donald Trump by conducting an impeachment inquiry.
Conway made the remarks while speaking to FOX News Sunday guest host Bill Hemmer.
"Complete nonsense," she said when asked about the impeachment proceedings. "They need to get a messaging meeting and they need to read the constitution of the Democratic Party."
"Americans, the Congress, they work for you," Conway continued, talking over the FOX host. "And they're wasting your money and your time trying to impeach a president where there are no high crimes and misdemeanors."