November 6, 2005
-- by Thomas Leavitt
[Eliminating "birthright citizenship" is all about punishing babies and children for the "sins" of their parents. This would create a permanent underclass of "stateless" residents, born and raised in the United States, but with no legal right to reside here or to the Constitutional protections and privileges associated with citizenship - and no citizenship status anywhere else as well... what are these kids supposed to do?!? What happens when their parents are deported, and their home country refuses entry to their children? The idea is repugnant, and downright unAmerican. This, along with the ridiculous and racist barrier idea, shows that the mainstream of the Republican Party has gone off the deep end. -Thomas]
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- House Republicans tackling illegal immigration were reported looking closely at ending birthright citizenship.
They also were discussing building a barrier along the entire U.S.- Mexican border, The Washington Times said.
Those two ideas have floated to the top of the list of possibilities to be included either in an immigration-enforcement bill later this year or in a later comprehensive immigration overhaul.
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And the next step after depriving these kids of citizenship will probably be saying they're citizens if some nice American couple adopts them. Now that illegitimacy no longer has the stigma it used to have, so unmarried mothers are keeping their babies, there aren't enough newborns for people to adopt. Yeah, a real, genuine shortage of babies. No shortage of older kids nobody wants, just newborns.
It's been an incredibly important tradition that if you're born on American soil, you're a citizen. This is a nation of immigrants, for God's sake! If we don't want illegal immigrants, and of course we do as a modern source of slaves, impose some rational restrictions on who and how many people can enter the country. There's no need to build a wall between the US and Mexico; we don't seem to be able to do anything rational. Make it legal for the needed number of workers to come here to work and actually pay them.
Posted by: MJ at November 6, 2005 5:36 AM
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