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14th Amendment

By Casey Klinger and Francis Cruz

Casey Klinger

on 4 September 2012

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Transcript of 14th Amendment

Casey Klinger & Francis Cruz
5th Period - Because the thirteenth amendment freed all slaves, this amendment was mostly made because of the need to have blacks able to vote, needing citizenship. And thus, after they were citizens, the fifteenth amendment was made granting blacks the right to vote. Causes A big issue this Amendment has caused is illegal immigration, encouraging some illegal immigrants to try to have children in the United States, which has created multiple problems for our nation with dept and the debating over this loop hole. Characteristics - A way this has impacted today is nowadays, people will go to the extent to illegally immigrate over to America and have their kids, so that they will get citizenship. Significance Conclusion In July 9, 1866, the 14th Amendment was passed, granting citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” which included the freed African American slaves and also forbid states from denying any person life, liberty or property, without due process of law or to deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. Thesis: - A legacy is that it gave everyone the chance of equal protection of law. Without this amendment, the slaves and blacks would not have been given a chance to be given their citizenship, voting opportunities, and it would have never led to the Birthright citizenship people still use today.
Back then, the 14th Amendment was to give freed African American slaves their rights and citizenship. And now, it is also used for people being born from illegal immigrants in America, to automatically get their citizenship. Without this amendment, slaves wouldn't have gotten the rights they had and not everyone would get the protection of the law. Plus, it created the loop hole for illegal immigrants to have kids in America to not get deported and for citizenship. Overall, the 14Th Amendment has its pros and cons, still helping many people till today.
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