I’m curious what you all think on this? In particular, in the area of illegal immigration and “enemy combatants” (note that I did not say “prisoners of war”).
It is my contention, based on the reading of the founding documents, that the Bill of Rights protects the rights of everyone, not just our own citizens. The rights it protects are called “unalienable” by our Founding Fathers in many documents, letters and speeches, meaning they are part of us. They are Rights we are born with, “endowed by their Creator” as the Declaration of Independence puts it.
So, if “all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights”, doesn’t that mean that the Bill of Rights in the Constitution protect the rights of “all men” (women included) from infringement by our government and not just those born under our flag?
What do you say?