Congressman Engel Marks the 151st Anniversary of the 14th Amendment

Congressman Engel Marks the 151st Anniversary of the 14th Amendment


Washington D.C.—Today, Congressman Eliot L. Engel marked the 151st anniversary of the adoption of the 14th Amendment with the following statement:


“As we mark this 151st anniversary of the 14th Amendment, it is important to remember what protections are granted by our nation’s Constitution. The 14th grants citizenship to ‘all persons born or naturalized in the United States,’ prohibits states from denying an individual’s ‘life, liberty, or property without due process of law,’ and ensures a state cannot ‘deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.’ These protections in our Constitution provided the foundation on which the civil rights movement was built and has allowed us to continue our march toward greater equality and justice for all. Sadly, the progress we've strived for through the years has been jeopardized by a Trump Administration that has ignored law, ignored Congress, and worked to stack the court with judges who don't see the need for equality.


“For the past two years, the President, Mitch McConnell, and the GOP have actively worked to undermine civil rights protections by calling into question birthright citizenship and pushing an anti-civil rights agenda. They must realize that the equal protection clause exists and protects all Americans, regardless of their gender, race, or religious affiliation.


“In light of these attacks from the Executive branch and its GOP allies in Congress, the House is taking action to protect civil rights. I am proud to have cosponsored several bills this Congress, including H.R. 4 the Voting Rights Advancement Act, H.R. 6 the Equality Act, H.R. 40 the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, and H.R. 1450 the Do No Harm Act, which would further protect individual civil liberties and prevent discrimination for millions of Americans.”