Bachelor in Political Science Essay

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* Civil Rights: Immigration and Naturalization * The Supreme Court of the United States is one of the most, if not the most powerful institution in this country. This being said, it would be normal to ask ourselves if they use their power wisely and with equality. In my personal opinion the Supreme Court uses their authority wisely, trying to stick to what they think and interpret from constitution in terms of the civil rights, this paper will discuss three cases supporting my case. * I first thought that the Supreme Court would always use its power in order to go against immigrants when the cases were presented, this has a lot to do with the prejudice and more importantly the historical past between the United States and Latin America, specifically my country, the Dominican Republic. While I was growing up I would always hear people saying how unfair the United States was with our people in terms of naturalization, the jobs that were given, and the discrimination they were facing while they were here years ago. * Personally I think there is some truth in that argument, but I have to say that I was amazed when I was looking for the cases and saw how fair the Supreme Court was when dictating their sentences, even when people of illegal alien status, the Supreme Court would stick to the 14th amendment in the constitution, which requires all the states to provide equal protection under the law to all persons (not only citizens) within their jurisdictions (Janda, Berry, Goldman, 2008). * The first case deals with the issue of citizenship, a Mexican-American man who stepped away from the draft and was penalized by his state court with the confiscation of his citizenship. He appealed at the Supreme Court and his case was accepted. The name of the case is “Kennedy v. Mendoza-Martinez” which involved Francisco Mendoza-Martinez (Martinez) who was an

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