So just thinking it through, if one of the parents is a citizen, should a kid be a citizen? Especially if born in the US?
How about permanent residents?
People under consideration for granting asylum? It is not against the law to present yourself at the border and request asylum, those are not illegals.
On a tourist visa?
I agree being able to sneak in and pop one out seems wrong on the face of it. The current 14th has simplicity going for it. Whatever replaces it will be messy and have it’s own unintended consequences.
I don't think anyone is talking about changing the 14th Amendment. What was being discussed was a change in the way that the language is interpreted. To answer your questions, my thoughts are:
- The children of citizens, whether born inside or outside the US, should be citizens by birth.
- The children of legal permanent residents born in the US should be citizens by birth.
- The children of tourists on a tourist visa born in the US should not be citizens by birth.
- The children of illegal immigrants born in the US should not be citizens by birth.
Which is exactly what the 14th Amendment already says.