I find Ron Wirsing's comments ("Repeal 14th Amendment," Readers Respond, Aug. 18) disturbing, and indicative of an appalling ignorance of basic US history.
The history of our nation's legislation on immigration illustrates repeated attempts to prohibit the entry of people considered "undesirable." That list of "undesirables" once included people from Southern and Eastern Europe (Greeks, Italians, Russians, Jews), as well as Chinese and Japanese. That legislation was designed to favor immigrants from Northern Europe, by using quotas. Such legislation was clearly racist and ethnocentric.
The 13th 14th and 15th amendments, nicknamed the Reconstruction Amendments, were enacted by a majority Republican Congress after the Civil War to end slavery, confer citizenship on African Americans, protect the right of black (men) to vote--and to maintain a Republican congressional majority.