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  • Americans Would Deny Citizenship to Some Born in U.S.

    08/19/2010 5:30:30 PM PDT · by Princeverdi · 37 replies
    Most people in the United States disagree with the current interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which grants automatic citizenship to all children born on American soil, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 55 per cent of respondents would not grant citizenship to children born to foreigner tourists traveling with valid visas. In addition, 67 per cent of respondents would deny citizenship to the offspring of people who are in the U.S. illegally. Seventy per cent of Americans think the children of foreigners with legal documentation, such as students or workers with a proper visa,...
  • FOX News misleads on 14th Amend.

    08/17/2010 2:33:53 PM PDT · by jdirt · 11 replies
    Last night I heard McCain say we should have hearings on immigration. Someone please tell Hannity and McCain that we have had at least three hearings in very recent years. Overwhelmingly they have showed that birthright citizenship was never intended for illegal aliens in the 14th amendment. Does McCain thnk we are stupid? On another Fox show with Bill Hemmer, he mis-stated that the 14th amendment included anchor babies. Either they are not doing their homework, or they are intentionally trying to mislead the uninformed masses.......... again.
  • Amnesty (is) For Dummies

    08/15/2010 11:21:15 AM PDT · by AuntB · 15 replies
    Opposing views ^ | Aug. 15, 2010 | uvbogden
    Amnesty is defined as the action of governments by which persons or groups who have committed a criminal offense of a political nature that threatens the sovereignty of a country, are granted total or partial, conditional or unconditional, immunity from prosecution for that crime. Amnesty law, the core of “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”, is not the solution to our illegal alien crisis, despite misguided claims from the Left. Indeed, past amnesty law dramatically increased illegal immigration, and any suggestion of new amnesty law only encourages more of the same, with illegals crowding into the country to get in under the wire...
  • Why the 14th Amendment does not confer citizenship on the children of illegal aliens

    08/13/2010 3:37:36 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 66 replies · 1+ views
    House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims ^ | June 25, 1997 | Prof. Edward J. Erler
    It is my considered opinion that Congress has authority under Section 5 of the Fourteenth Amendment to define the jurisdiction of the United States. Indeed, it is my contention that Congress has exercised that power on many occasions, most recently in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Senator Jacob Howard, the author of the citizenship clause in the Fourteenth Amendment, defined who would fall within the "jurisdiction of the United States": [E]very person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction, is by virtue of natural law and national law a citizen of...
  • Citizens by 'birthright'

    08/15/2010 3:33:41 AM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 15, 2010 | Editorial
    Adopted in 1868, the 14th Amendment defined citizenship — making it clear that former slaves and their descendents were American citizens. But part of that amendment, that everyone “born in” the US becomes a citizen, has become controversial during the immigration debate, with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and others calling for hearings on whether to repeal or revise the language. A Pew survey out this week notes that illegal immigrants who have children here (who then become insta-citizens) represent a not-insignificant portion of new births. Of the 4.3 million babies born in 2008, 340,000 were to illegal immigrants. The breakdown:...
  • 14th Amendment was never intended for this

    08/14/2010 8:26:53 AM PDT · by WriteStuff · 6 replies
    Across the Back Fence ^ | 08/14/2010 | Todd Fitchette
    The original intent of the 14th Amendment was never to grant “anchor baby” or “birthright” status to illegal aliens bent on gaming the system here in America. Unfortunately, that’s how the liberals have interpreted it and thus allowed the system to be misused.
  • McCain says he doesn't back 14th Amendment change

    08/13/2010 11:00:01 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 13, 2010 | BOB CHRISTIE
    PHOENIX (AP) -- Sen. John McCain says he does not support changing the Constitution to end automatic citizenship for children born to illegal immigrants. The Republican Arizona senator told The Associated Press that despite the current flurry of news stories on the topic and a statement he made last week that was widely interpreted as saying he supported hearings on the matter, he remains unconvinced that such a change is needed.
  • Who's side is the homeland security secretary on?

    08/13/2010 8:21:08 PM PDT · by WriteStuff · 27 replies
    Across the Back Fence ^ | 08/13/2010 | Todd Fitchette
    So… the US Constitution isn’t a “living document” that must breath with the times? That’s what Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is intimating, at least in her comments on the 14th Amendment. “Any talk about amending the constitution is just wrong,” Napolitano said. Her comment was reported on the network news this evening in a story about the call to address the birthright citizenship issue as it is said to relate to the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.
  • Napolitano: 'Any talk of amending the constitution is just wrong'

    08/13/2010 10:51:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 13, 2010 | Sam Youngman
    Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano on Friday rejected Republican calls to amend the Constitution to prevent children of illegal immigrants from gaining citizenship. “Any talk of amending the Constitution is just wrong,” Napolitano said in comments at the daily White House press briefing. Some Republicans have suggested the 14th Amendment should be changed to prevent the natural born children of illegal immigrants from obtaining citizenship. The amendment was approved after the Civil War to ensure citizenship for freed slaves, especially in the South. Critics argue that illegal immigrants come to the U.S. for the express purpose of winning citizenship for...
  • MSNBC’s Harris-Lacewell: 14th Amendment Debate about Eugenics, Xenophobia

    08/13/2010 7:33:37 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 13 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | August 13, 2010 | Jeff Poor
    Whenever Fox News host Glenn Beck raises the history of progressives and eugenics, or the possibility that eugenics is part of the motivation of a legitimate policy debate, the left-wing has a hissy fit. But when the left introduces it, we're supposed to accept it as high-minded and scholarly, especially in the case Princeton University's Melissa Harris-Lacewell. On MSNBC's Aug. 12 "Countdown," liberal blowhard Keith Olbermann asked Harris-Lacewell, an MSNBC contributor, what the motivation was behind the proposition the 14th Amendment of the Constitution should be altered to close a loophole for illegal immigrants to achieve legal status in the...
  • Fiorina says she opposes calls to alter the 14th Amendment (RINO ALERT)

    08/13/2010 7:22:18 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 96 replies · 1+ views
    The Republican U.S. Senate nominee says she's tough on illegal immigration but draws the line on altering the amendment, which grants citizenship to all people born in the United States. BY MAEVE RESTON Republican U.S. Senate nominee Carly Fiorina said Thursday that she opposes calls from some conservatives to alter the 14th Amendment, which grants citizenship to all people born in the United States. Fiorina sought to appeal to conservative voters on immigration issues during her party's primary this spring, strongly backing Arizona's tough new law on illegal immigration, for example. But she drew the line Thursday at the question...
  • Republicans are ramping up the birthright battle

    08/13/2010 6:33:17 AM PDT · by detritus · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/13/10 | Michael Gerson
    The final state to ratify the 14th Amendment was Ohio -- in September 2003. The Ohio Legislature had passed the amendment in 1867 but rescinded its approval a year later, claiming it was "contrary to the best interests of the white race." When Ohio finally rectified this embarrassing bit of history, just one legislator -- Republican state Rep. Tom Brinkman from Cincinnati -- voted against it. His opposition was viewed as an isolated curiosity. Now another Ohio politician, Rep. John Boehner, the House minority leader, questions the centerpiece commitment of the 14th Amendment: birthright citizenship. He is joined by Senate...
  • Illegal Immigrants Account for 8% of U.S. Births

    08/11/2010 4:13:48 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug 11 2010 | By MIRIAM JORDAN
    One in twelve babies born in the U.S. in 2008 were the offspring of illegal immigrants, according to a new study, a statistic that could inflame the debate over birthright citizenship. Undocumented immigrants make up slightly more than 4% of the U.S. adult population. However, their babies represented twice that share, or 8%, of all births on U.S. soil in 2008, according to the nonpartisan Pew Research Center's report. The report, based on Census Bureau data and analysis of demographic characteristics of the undocumented population, also found that the lion's share, or 79%, of the 5.1 million children of illegal...
  • Constitutional Amendments and Citizenship Rights

    08/11/2010 7:20:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | August 11, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    It's like clockwork. Whenever conservatives propose a constitutional amendment, progressives suddenly rediscover the delicate gears of the Constitution and the horrible dangers of "tinkering" or "tampering" with its precision craftsmanship. Consider the sudden brouhaha over the idea of revising the 14th Amendment to get rid of automatic birthright citizenship (which would make us more like that alleged progressive nirvana known as "Europe," by the way). Here's Angela Kelley of the liberal Center for American Progress on Sen. Lindsey Graham, who started the amendment chatter: "He's not one to tamper with the Constitution, so I'm surprised he would even suggest this."...
  • Go after lawbreakers, not the Constitution

    08/10/2010 7:50:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/10/10 | Debra J. Saunders
    Trust Republicans to go too far. They take a good idea - such as the notion that the federal government should enforce immigration laws and states should be able to help - and then drive it into the fringes. Witness a Fox News interview in which Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., declared, "We should change our Constitution and say if you come here illegally, and you have a child, that child is automatically not a citizen." Graham has supported a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. He opposed the new Arizona immigration law. So why would he advocate repealing part of...
  • American Citizenship Is Not A Birthright

    08/09/2010 5:31:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 9, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Immigration: The 14th Amendment was written to guarantee citizenship for freed slaves. It's been misinterpreted to give citizenship to children of illegal aliens. Now some GOP leaders want to restore its original meaning. In Texas this year, some 60,000 so-called "anchor babies" will be born to the 1.5 million illegal aliens estimated to reside there. They're called that because under the current interpretation of the 14th Amendment they're automatic citizens, encouraging more illegals to arrive and making it hard to deport those already here. "There is a problem," House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, told NBC's "Meet The Press" Sunday....
  • Todd Quotes Emma Lazarus Poem As If It's The Law

    08/09/2010 3:55:34 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The liberal lionization of Emma Lazarus' poem [which Rush has brilliantly demolished] has reached laughable new heights. On this evening's Hardball, guest host Chuck Todd cited the Lazarus lines from the base of the Statue of Liberty . . . as if they had some authority in law! Todd was debating former GOP congressman Ernest Istook on the proposal some Republicans have floated to recast or clarify the 14th Amendment so as not to grant automatic citizenship to children born in the United States to illegal immigrants. View video here.
  • Freep a Poll! (Foxnews. Time to disallow "anchor babies"?)

    08/08/2010 4:45:00 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 22 replies ^ | 8-8-10 | Fox News
    Should Lawmakers Consider a Birthright Citizenship Change to the Constitution? Yes, denying kids automatic citizenship would curb illegal immigration. No, this is not the issue that warrants a change to the U.S. Constitution. Maybe, because birthplace alone should not make the child of an illegal a U.S. citizen. Other (leave a comment)
  • Across Texas, 60,000 babies of noncitizens get U.S. birthright

    08/08/2010 7:54:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | August 8, 2010 | SHERRY JACOBSON
    As Republican members of Congress press for changes to the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, preventing automatic citizenship for babies born to illegal immigrants, opponents insist the debate is not really about babies. Instead, they say it is about politics and votes – not fixing the immigration system. Still, the debate could resonate in Texas, where not only 1.5 million illegal immigrants are estimated to reside but at least 60,000 babies are added to their households annually. Parkland Memorial Hospital delivers more of those babies than any other hospital in the state. Last year at Parkland, 11,071 babies were...
  • Krauthammer: Dead Wrong on the 14th

    08/06/2010 5:32:26 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 71 replies
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 5 August 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    There are parts of Fox News I cannot watch. There is that self-important blowhard. There is that worldwide ambulance chaser. But as often as I can, I watch their news program at 6 p.m. My favorite part of that program is the lightning round, and especially the contributions of Charles Krauthammer. Charles normally dissects an issue with precision and accuracy. But not today, the 5th of August. He posed the issue whether a Congressman was right to say we need to amend the 14th Amendment to deal with the problem of anchor babies. Krauthammer made the mistake of not reading...

    08/05/2010 8:46:23 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies ^ | August 4, 2010 | Ann Coulter
    The 14th Amendment was added after the Civil War in order to overrule the Supreme Court's Dred Scott decision, which had held that black slaves were not citizens of the United States. The precise purpose of the amendment was to stop sleazy Southern states from denying citizenship rights to newly freed slaves -- many of whom had roots in this country longer than a lot of white people.

    08/04/2010 3:23:17 PM PDT · by Syncro · 57 replies · 1+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | August 4, 2010 | Ann Coulter
    JUSTICE BRENNAN'S FOOTNOTE GAVE US ANCHOR BABIESAugust 4, 2010 Democrats act as if the right to run across the border when you're 8 1/2 months pregnant, give birth in a U.S. hospital and then immediately start collecting welfare was exactly what our forebears had in mind, a sacred constitutional right, as old as the 14th Amendment itself. The louder liberals talk about some ancient constitutional right, the surer you should be that it was invented in the last few decades. In fact, this alleged right derives only from a footnote slyly slipped into a Supreme Court opinion by Justice...
  • John McCain supports citizenship hearings (McCain wants to explore amending the Constitution)

    08/03/2010 5:03:58 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 77 replies · 294+ views
    Politico ^ | 2010-08-03 | Manu Raju & Scott Wong
    Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Tuesday added their voices to GOP calls for congressional hearings into altering the Constitution's 14th Amendment, which grants citizenship to U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants. (snip) McCain said Tuesday the he supports “the concept of holding hearings.” In a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, McCain expanded on his terse comments from earlier in the day, saying that the Constitution is a “strong, complete and carefully crafted document that has successfully governed our nation for centuries and any proposal to amend the Constitution should receive extensive and thoughtful consideration.” “Congressional hearings are always...
  • GOP Leader McConnell: Fourteenth Amendment is in Need of Review

    08/03/2010 8:17:59 AM PDT · by lbryce · 50 replies · 16+ views
    The Hill ^ | August 2, 2010 | J. Taylor Rushing
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told The Hill on Monday that Congress “ought to take a look at” changing the 14th Amendment, which gives the children of illegal immigrants a right to U.S. citizenship. McConnell’s statement signals growing support within the GOP for the controversial idea, which has also recently been touted by Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). In an interview, McConnell said the 14th Amendment provision should be reconsidered in light of the country’s immigration problem. McConnell stopped short of echoing Graham’s call for repeal of the amendment. “I think we ought...
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham mulls denying illegals’ kids citizenship (MCLAME'S LAP DOG ALERT)

    07/29/2010 9:25:35 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 32 replies · 15+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 2010-07-30 | Wire Services
    WASHINGTON - Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said yesterday he’s talked with other senators about crafting a constitutional amendment that would deny U.S. citizenship to illegal aliens’ children born in the United States. Graham’s idea is an abrupt about-face for a senator whose advocacy of giving legal status to the nation’s 12 million illegals prompted radio host Rush Limbaugh to call him “Sen. Grahamnesty.” Graham, along with President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) led a 2007 failed immigration reform effort that would have created a path to citizenship for illegal aliens.
  • University of IL Professor Pays Price For Political Incorrectness Regarding "Gays"

    07/20/2010 7:13:19 PM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 2 replies ^ | July 20, 2010 | Beth Rogers
    Letter to the Editor by Beth Rogers EDITOR'S NOTE: Beth Rogers is a frequent contributor to and a pro-family political activist. Rogers, who hails from Springfield, Illinois, is one of the most influential socially conservative leaders in the state. Proponents of "gay" rights have said many times what others do in their bedroom doesn't affect anyone else and is no one's business. The recent circumstances at the University of Illinois prove otherwise as a university professor shared his beliefs on natural moral laws and then was fired for his opinion. Professor Kenneth Howell's firing is only one example of...
  • For many pregnant Chinese, a U.S. passport for baby remains a powerful lure

    07/17/2010 11:19:39 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 18, 2010 | Keith Richburg
    What can $1,475 buy you in modern China? Not a Tiffany diamond or a mini-sedan, say Robert Zhou and Daisy Chao. But for that price, they guarantee you something more lasting, with unquestioned future benefits: a U.S. passport and citizenship for your new baby. Zhou and Chao, a husband and wife from Taiwan who now live in Shanghai, run one of China's oldest and most successful consultancies helping well-heeled expectant Chinese mothers travel to the United States to give birth. The couple's service, outlined in a PowerPoint presentation, includes connecting the expectant mothers with one of three Chinese-owned "baby care...
  • Are The Children Of The Russian Agents U.S. Citizens???

    07/11/2010 8:49:50 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 76 replies
    7/11/10 | self
    I’ve been trying to figure this out … The 14th Amendment declares that anyone born in the US and under its jurisdiction is a citizen. But what about the children of the Russian spies, are they citizens? Those that claim that they are citizens say that the 14th Amendment declares it so and that the only exceptions to U.S. jurisdiction are the children of ambassadors and children of enemies. But these children’s parents did not fall under those exceptions. They were not ambassadors [or have diplomatic immunity], nor is Russia a declared enemy of the U.S. They just did not...
  • A New Birth of Freedom: The 14th Amendment

    07/07/2010 4:49:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies · 1+ views ^ | 6 July, 2010 | Paul Greenberg
    It was expected. The outcome of the Supreme Court's hearing on Chicago's prohibitive handgun law had been predictable since a similar local ordinance was struck down in the nation's capital. The reaction to the decision was predictable, too: Supporters of the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms cheered; the gun-control crowd predicted the worst, as they always do when Americans are allowed to defend themselves and their homes. Once again, we're being told that all hell is going to break loose -- even though it never does as one state after another passes a concealed-carry law. SHARE THIS:...
  • Why the 14th Amendment and the McDonald Ruling Matter

    06/30/2010 7:24:35 AM PDT · by timesthattrymenssouls · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Constitutional Guardian ^ | 6/30/2010 | Nancy Tengler
    "It depends on what the meaning of the word "is" is." William Jefferson Clinton, 1998 testimony to the Grand Jury on the question of his relationship to Monica Lewinsky prior to his impeachment It should not be lost on any of us that the recent Supreme Court decision in McDonald v. Chicago was more than a referendum on our right to bear arms, it was confirmation of the critical importance of the Fourteenth Amendment to the protection of our individual rights. In particular, the Privileges or Immunities Clause and the Due Process Clause. In short the court held that the...
  • Our Supreme Court Hanging by a Vote

    06/29/2010 8:12:45 AM PDT · by timesthattrymenssouls · 4 replies
    Constitutional Guardian ^ | 6/29/10 | Nancy Tengler
    Yesterday the Supreme Court overturned the previous judgments in McDonald v City of Chicago, a case brought in opposition to Chicago's ban against citizens' possessing handguns. The ruling was cheered by Second Amendment rights advocates and a collective sigh of relief was exhaled by all those who cherish the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But there was bad news amidst the good. The ruling was 5-4. According to the opinion published by the Court yesterday, Mr. McDonald, the petitioner argued that his "right to keep and bear arms is protected by the Privileges or Immunities Clause of the Fourteenth...
  • The Second Amendment, Incorporated

    06/29/2010 6:16:27 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 10 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 29 june 10 | Ross Kaminsky
    On Monday morning, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case of McDonald v Chicago, a follow-on case to the Heller case in which the Court ruled that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual, not a collective, right. Following Heller, Chicago and a few other localities argued that since that case had been about the District of Columbia's ban, it was not clear that the Court's ruling applied to states and other non-federal territory. With its 5-4 decision in McDonald, the Court says that the right applies everywhere in the U.S., that the right...
  • 2nd Amendment Rights Finally Considered a Right for Black Chicagoans Too!

    06/28/2010 11:44:43 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 12 replies · 4+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 06/28/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    At long last the 2nd Amendment has been considered a personal right per the Supreme Court of the United States. In McDonald v the City of Chicago the Supreme Court has ruled in a 5 to 4 decision that Chicago's gun banning laws are not in keeping with the right to self-defense as enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. After 200 some years we are finally accorded our rights officially. Further, the Court found that the 2nd Amendment was meant to protect the very people that Mayor Richard Daley and his comrades are trying to forcibly disarm: black Americans. (See PDF...
  • Arizona lawmaker takes aim at automatic citizenship

    06/16/2010 5:03:44 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 44 replies · 468+ views ^ | 6-16-2010 | Michelle Price
    Emboldened by passage of the nation's toughest law against illegal immigration, the Arizona politician who sponsored the measure now wants to deny U.S. citizenship to children born in this country to undocumented parents. "I think the time is right," said state Rep. John Kavanagh, a Republican from suburban Phoenix who is chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. "Federal inaction is unacceptable, so the states have to start the process." An estimated 10.8 million illegal immigrants were living in the U.S. as of January 2009, according to the Homeland Security Department. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that as of 2008,...
  • Brewer's Yeast

    06/15/2010 6:24:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 558+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 15, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Immigration: Arizona's governor tells illegals if you want family unity, take your kids home with you. And a Tea Party candidate for the Senate says just being born here doesn't make you a citizen. Anchor babies, away! We've seen the photos of children holding signs at protests that read, "Don't deport my parents." They're called "anchor babies" because they're considered citizens by being born on American soil. You can't break up families, the argument goes, even to enforce the nation's immigration laws. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who had the audacity to copy federal law and then enforce it in cases...
  • Ariz. lawmaker takes aim at automatic citizenship

    06/15/2010 12:53:36 PM PDT · by SmithL · 51 replies · 683+ views
    AP via SacBee ^ | 6/15/10 | MICHELLE PRICE Associated Press Writer
    PHOENIX -- Emboldened by passage of the nation's toughest law against illegal immigration, the Arizona politician who sponsored the measure now wants to deny U.S. citizenship to children born in this country to undocumented parents. Legal scholars laugh out loud at Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce's proposal and warn that it would be blatantly unconstitutional, since the 14th Amendment guarantees citizenship to anyone born in the U.S. But Pearce brushes aside such concerns. And given the charged political atmosphere in Arizona, and public anger over what many regard as a failure by the federal government to secure the border, some...
  • Author of Arizona Immigration Law Wants To End Birthright Citizenship

    05/21/2010 5:25:38 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 67 replies · 1,340+ views
    YahooNews ^ | May 22nd 2010
    Author of Arizona Immigration Law Wants To End Birthright Citizenship The author of Arizona's immigration law, state Sen. Russell Pearce, told constituents he wants to pass another measure to invalidate citizenship granted to the children of illegal aliens. Pearce wrote that he plans to "push for an Arizona bill that would refuse to accept or issue a birth certificate that recognizes citizenship to those born to illegal aliens, unless one parent is a citizen," in an email obtained by Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO. Pearce also forwarded an email from another correspondent expanding on the proposal — which he later told...
  • Sen. Pearce's E-Mails Reveal Future Plans

    05/21/2010 8:13:06 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 17 replies · 995+ views ^ | 3:00 pm MST May 20, 2010 | Morgan Loew
    PHOENIX -- E-mails to and from Ariz.state Sen. Russell Pearce reveal the immigration enforcement debate may not stop with SB 1070, the controversial immigration law. Pearce, R-Mesa, the author of Arizona’s immigration law, has been writing to some of his constituents about what he plans to accomplish next. In e-mails obtained by CBS 5, Pearce said he intends to push for a bill that would enable Arizona to no longer grant citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants born on U.S. soil. Pearce writes in one e-mail: "I also intend to push for an Arizona bill that would refuse to...
  • Okla. rep wants to ban the issuance of birth certificates to the children of illegals

    04/29/2010 1:49:52 PM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 32 replies · 634+ views
    Oklahoma Watchdog ^ | April 29, 2010 | Andrew W. Griffin
    OKLAHOMA CITY — In an interview with Oklahoma news website Red Dirt Report at the first Oklahoma City Tax Day Tea Party on April 15, 2009, State Rep. Mike Christian (R-Oklahoma City) noted the large turnout at the State Capitol and commented that he is a big advocate of supporting the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution. Christian then noted something else: the growing problem of illegal immigration. “I’m fed up with illegal immigration,” he said at the time. Representing a district in south Oklahoma City, where a lot of immigrants – some of whom are illegal – live, Christian...
  • Will and Citizenship (commentary on G.Will's piece on "anchor babies")

    03/29/2010 1:12:55 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 64 replies · 1,280+ views
    NRO ^ | 03/29/10 | Mark Krikorian
    George Will has never been particularly good on immigration, so I was a little surprised by his column calling for an end to automatic citizenship at birth (specifically, for the U.S.-born children of illegal aliens). This has been debated on the Corner before, and I've argued against such a change, but I think it's worth revisiting. There are three issues: legal, empirical, and political. The first is the easiest — there just is no way to argue with a straight face that the drafters of the 14th amendment intended to give citizenship to the children of illegal aliens (Will persuasively...
  • An argument to be made about immigrant babies and citizenship

    03/27/2010 7:02:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 675+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 28, 2010 | George F. Will
    A simple reform would drain some scalding steam from immigration arguments that may soon again be at a roiling boil. It would bring the interpretation of the 14th Amendment into conformity with what the authors of its text intended, and with common sense, thereby removing an incentive for illegal immigration. To end the practice of "birthright citizenship," all that is required is to correct the misinterpretation of that amendment's first sentence: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United..." --snip-- Appropriately, in 1884 the Supreme Court held that...
  • Justices to Weigh Law on Gaining Citizenship via Parents

    03/23/2010 2:21:12 AM PDT · by Palter · 12 replies · 755+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 22 Mar 2010 | ADAM LIPTAK
    The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide if mothers and fathers may be treated differently in determining whether their children may claim American citizenship. The case involves Ruben Flores-Villar, who was born in Tijuana, Mexico, but was raised by his father and grandmother, both American citizens, in San Diego. His mother was Mexican, and his parents were not married. Mr. Flores-Villar tried to avoid deportation by claiming American citizenship. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, rejected that claim under a law that spelled out different requirements for mothers and fathers whose children...
  • Birth tourism in US on the rise for Turkish parents

    03/14/2010 6:12:47 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 8 replies · 517+ views
    Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review ^ | 3/12/2010 | Işıl Eğrikavuk
    With more Turkish parents wanting their child to be born in the US, tourism companies are starting to offer ‘birth tourism’ packages to US cities. Many women say giving birth in the US has benefits including cheaper education and fewer visa worries. Some Americans, however, want to restrict the practice, citing fears of illegal migration. If Bruce Springsteen’s 1982 hit “Born in the USA” were to become popular again, the title might now refer to thousands of Turkish children whose parents are increasingly traveling to the United States to give birth. According to tourism expert Gürkan Boztepe and media sources,...
  • Analysis: 2d Amendment extension likely

    03/02/2010 9:37:16 AM PST · by neverdem · 74 replies · 1,416+ views ^ | March 2nd, 2010 | Lyle Denniston
    The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed poised to require state and local governments to obey the Second Amendment guarantee of a personal right to a gun, but with perhaps considerable authority to regulate that right.  The dominant sentiment on the Court was to extend the Amendment beyond the federal level, based on the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of “due process,” since doing so through another part of the 14th Amendment would raise too many questions about what other rights might emerge.When the Justices cast their first vote after starting later this week to discuss where to go from here, it appeared...
  • Getting gun history right(Barf Alert)

    02/27/2010 7:17:16 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies · 368+ views
    The National Law Journal ^ | 1 March, 2010 | Saul Cornell
    Captain Jim Williams, a member of the newly created African-American militia in South Carolina, was lynched by the Ku Klux Klan in 1871. A placard was attached to his body: "gone to his last muster." The newly created Department of Justice adopted a novel theory to prosecute Williams' killers: The government argued that the Klan's disarmament of Williams and other members of the so called "Negro militias" violated the Second Amendment, which was now applicable to the states through the recently ratified 14th Amendment. The two federal judges presiding over the KKK case could not agree over this new theory,...
  • GOP bill aims to retool immigrant birthright citizenship

    02/15/2010 9:38:26 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 108 replies · 2,116+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 2/14/10 | Steven Wall
    Republican lawmakers in Congress are sponsoring a bill that seeks to abolish birthright citizenship for children born in the United States to illegal immigrant parents. Federal law automatically grants citizenship to any person born on American soil, regardless of the immigration status of the child's parents. Supporters of the bill say that many people come to this country for the express purpose of having children who are American citizens, making the family eligible for welfare and other government benefits. "You have many people coming to this country illegally," said Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea, a co-sponsor of the legislation. "They come...
  • Battle Lines Forming In Gun-Control Case

    12/29/2009 1:05:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 850+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 28, 2009 | Nathan Koppel
    In a few months time, the Supreme Court will revisit the Second Amendment in McDonald v. City of Chicago, which challenges a gun-control ordinance in the city. Not surprisingly, the case is attracting heavy interest around the country. The Sacramento Bee today reports that Sacramento’s City Council has voted to join other cities arguing in support of Chicago’s right to regulate the posssesion and use of firearms. Other cities invited to file briefs supporting Chicago include Baltimore, Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. Sacramento City councilman Kevin McCarty, who supports the city’s involvement in the case, told the Bee that guns...
  • Photos I took of a school in Long Beach, CA- Illegal kids Celebrating Aztec (Or Mayan?) heritage

    12/08/2009 1:16:17 PM PST · by geddylee · 34 replies · 3,061+ views
    I was driving by an elementary school the other day and I was shocked to find it covered in Aztec symbols. I actually made the effort to get out and snap some photos because when I was a boy, everything was red, white and blue, and we had pictures of George Washington. We even perfeormed the play "1776" while dressed in period patriot clothing. Oh dear.
  • Vitter amendment on census falls in Senate vote (Count Illegal Aliens in Census)

    11/05/2009 11:46:51 AM PST · by trumandogz · 35 replies · 1,516+ views ^ | 11.5.09 | Jonathan Tilove
    Sen. David Vitter's bid to require the 2010 Census to ask all respondents about their citizenship was killed today when the Senate voted to invoke cloture and end debate on the Commerce spending bill without having to consider the Louisiana Republican's amendment. The Democratic leadership, which had been trying to block the Vitter amendment since early October, eked out a victory with the bare number of votes needed to invoke cloture, prevailing 60 to 39. Vitter's Democratic colleague, Sen. Mary Landrieu, who had been caustic in her criticism of Vitter's measure, voted with the majority. Vitter intended the citizenship count...
  • U.S. Supreme Court: Gun control on culture war's front burner

    10/19/2009 9:59:25 AM PDT · by neverdem · 83 replies · 3,272+ views
    United Press International ^ | Oct. 18, 2009 | MICHAEL KIRKLAND
    As the U.S. Supreme Court makes its stately way into the new term, a case over the horizon promises to hit the 20,000 gun control laws in this country with the impact of a 9mm round. The prep work came last year in District of Columbia vs. Heller. A narrow 5-4 majority struck down the gun control law in the nation's capital, and for the moment settled an argument over just what the Second Amendment to the Constitution, part of the Bill of Rights, actually means. The Second Amendment reads, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of...