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"person" vs "citizen" in the US Constitution

     

2009-05-11 The 14th amendment to the constitution refers distinctly to 'persons' distinct from 'citizens' and confers rights on all 'persons'.  It first defines who is a citizen:

Section. 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.

Then it continues:


No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Having clearly defined 'citizen', it now states that "Nor shall any state deprive any PERSON.....nor deny to any PERSON...".  I don't see how it could be clearer that all PERSONS under the juristiction of any state are entitled to due process, whether or not they are citizens.

The constitution wasn't intended to be interpreted for us by 'constitutional scholars'.  Its a plain document meant to be read, understood and applied by all.

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