“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. 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.” – U.S. Constitution, 14th Amendment.
Two ways to skirt the United States Constitution:
Declare anyone brought here at the age of two to be not a United States citizen, ever. This includes anyone who marries a United States citizen but hasn’t filed the paperwork yet. The INS has been quickly deporting people who come to their offices for the purpose of applying for citizenship because they married a citizen years ago. Don’t even ask how they’ve been torturing the little kids who properly apply for U.S. asylum after their parents receive death threats at home.
“Under due process of law” can be worked to death. Just make almost everybody illegal somehow, then quite selectively round up the neo-slaves and put chains on them.
How many millions of people are currently illegals because they smoke pot?
Vagrancy is a crime against nobody in particular, but you can be thrown in jail for not having $10 in your pocket, you criminal you. Debtors prison is when the state slaps a speeding ticket on a person, then multiplies that debt by 500%, then drags the person into court and into jail to pay off the state’s debt at some slave wage such as $5/day.
Next comes politically motivated slavery. A graduate student was molested by a cop who grabbed her by the breast at a demonstration, then she was charged with assaulting that police officer, then she was convicted of the assault and went to Rikers. Baltimore police were recently convicted of wide-ranging drug planting and gun planting crimes.
Also on the list, if the police charge you with a crime then they can negotiate your sentence. It doesn’t matter if you are actually innocent. Most people take the plea deal rather than roll the dice on “justice”.
We want a prison system that reforms everyone sent their way, not a slave camp.