A Trifecta of Illegitimacy

A Trifecta of Illegitimacy

Key Quote

“Third, the United States Constitution, in its 14th Amendment, commands that no person shall be denied the equal protection of the laws. This command applies to both the governments of the 50 states and to the federal government. There is no doubt that lawful permanent residents of the United States — persons legally entitled to reside in the United States but who have not become citizens — enjoy the same right of Equal Protection under the law as Citizens. Supreme Court precedent has recognized that there may be times when the federal government may take account of the fact of alienage and adopt a uniform rule for all aliens that is different from the rule adopted for all citizens. But it is a different matter for the federal government to adopt the discriminatory treatment of one group of permanent resident aliens versus another group of permanent resident aliens on the basis of race, nationality or religion. For the federal government to treat some legal permanent residents differently than other legal permanent residents solely on the basis of their religion would be a clear denial of equal protection under the law.”

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Posted on

November 1, 2019