Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4 (Citizenship)

“When we are considering the advantages that may result from an easy mode of naturalization, we ought also to consider the cautions necessary to guard against abuses. It is no doubt very desirable that we should hold out as many inducements as possible for the worthy part of mankind to come and settle amongst us, and throw their fortunes into a common lot with ours. But why is this desirable? Not merely to swell the catalogue of people. No, sir, it is to increase the wealth and strength of the community; and those who acquire the rights of citizenship, without adding to the strength or wealth of the community are not the people we are in want of.”

“I should be exceedingly sorry, sir, that our rule of naturalization excluded a single person of good fame that really meant to incorporate himself into our society; on the other hand, I do not wish that any man should acquire the privilege, but such as would be a real addition to the wealth or strength of the United States.”

– James Madison-
The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States.

& <IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

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One Response to “Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4 (Citizenship)”

  1. I harken back to the days when I lived in Europe. Born and schooled during my younger years….until high school age. We lived in many places but rarely in U.S. We assimilated into the communities in which we lived, learned the language and did not expect that host countries were obligated to speak our language and cater to us. I am grateful for those years and there was no better education than what I experienced. I do believe it taught me a greater tolerance of the differences between us. My mother, remains today, an English citizen and I have an unusual privelege of holding dual citizenship.

    That being said, I am concerned about our lack of controls in immigration and providing those who arrive here illegally with privileges and entitlements those of

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