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  • Cherokee Indians: We are free to oust blacks

    09/16/2011 1:08:12 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 38 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 9/14/2011
    The nation's second-largest Indian tribe said on Tuesday that it would not be dictated to by the U.S. government over its move to banish 2,800 African Americans from its citizenship rolls. "The Cherokee Nation will not be governed by the BIA," Joe Crittenden, the tribe's acting principal chief, said in a statement responding to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Crittenden, who leads the tribe until a new principal chief is elected, went on to complain about unnamed congressmen meddling in the tribe's self-governance. The reaction follows a letter the tribe received on Monday from BIA Assistant Secretary Larry Echo...
  • Republicans for Tax Hikes

    08/26/2011 4:01:23 PM PDT · by feralcat · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | Aug. 22, 2011 | David Weigel
    It's not news when Jon Huntsman criticizes fellow Republicans. It's news when he agrees with them. On Sunday, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Huntsman found himself in a virtual love-in with Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann over, of all things, taxes. The paper asked Huntsman if "the half of American households no longer paying income tax—mainly working poor families and seniors—should be brought onto the income tax rolls." He agreed, crediting the GOP's current front-runner for vice president, Sen. Marco Rubio, with the insight that "we don't have enough people paying taxes in this country." The Journal...
  • Okla tribal court reinstates amendment that bars some freed slaves' descendants as members

    08/24/2011 6:51:13 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    AP ^ | August 22, 2011
    TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation Supreme Court on Monday reversed a lower tribal court decision that voided a voter-approved constitutional amendment denying citizenship to non-Native American descendants of tribal members' former black slaves. In a 10-page opinion, tribal court justices wrote that the Cherokee Freedmen, as they are known, were never afforded citizenship in the tribe by the Treaty of 1866, but that a "fair reading indicates that it was an expression by the parties that the Freedmen would be treated as equals" to Cherokees under federal law that existed at the time.
  • The Essential Rules Of Tyranny

    07/30/2011 7:22:38 PM PDT · by shoptalk · 25 replies
    Alt-Market ^ | Friday, July 29, 2011 | Brandon Smith
    As we look back on the horrors of the dictatorships and autocracies of the past, one particular question consistently arises; how was it possible for the common men of these eras to NOT notice what was happening around them? How could they have stood as statues unaware or uncaring as their cultures were overrun by fascism, communism, collectivism, and elitism? Of course, we have the advantage of hindsight, and are able to research and examine the misdeeds of the past at our leisure. Unfortunately, such hindsight does not necessarily shield us from the long cast shadow of tyranny in our...
  • Calls to scrap Australia's written citizenship test

    07/27/2011 3:59:03 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 42 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 28th July 2011 | Bruce McDougall and Tim Vollmer
    THE federal government faces calls to scrap Australia's written citizenship test because it is too hard for thousands of migrants who cannot understand the questions. New Australians are refusing the test for fear of failing and being deported, with just 9043 migrants applying from October to December last year when there should have been about 30,000, The Daily Telegraph reported. A submission to the Inquiry into Multiculturalism said almost 23 per cent of Sudanese migrants, 17.5 per cent of Afghanis and 16 per cent of Iraqis fail to pass the test on first or subsequent attempts. The NSW Teachers' Federation...
  • [Texas] Rule requiring drivers to prove citizenship now law

    07/04/2011 1:37:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 4, 2011 | Jason Buch
    As the House early last month debated a must-pass finance bill, one member slipped in language that puts into law a controversial Texas Department of Public Safety policy requiring driver's license applicants to show they're in the country legally. The amendment, added by Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, to the education funding bill legislators needed to balance the state budget had originally been included in Senate Bill 9, the so-called "sanctuary cities" bill that failed in the special session. It also had appeared in an omnibus homeland security bill by Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, that died in the regular session....
  • A Nation of Narcissists

    06/19/2011 11:04:41 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 20 replies ^ | 06-20-11 | stolinsky
      A Nation of Narcissists David C. Stolinsky June 20, 2011 “How to find yourself” gives 94,600,000 hits on Google.− News item The self is not something one finds; it is something one creates.− Thomas Szasz Narcissistic personality disorder, which is characterized by an exaggerated sense of self-importance and the need for constant attention, has been eliminated from the new manual of mental disorders. Narcissism has become so common that it is no longer considered abnormal. But common is not the same as good, or even tolerable. Childish narcissists. This morning I listened to the Dennis Prager Show. The...
  • END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP: 4 More Bill Co-Sponsors (Aderholt, Hensarling, Herger & McKeon)

    06/08/2011 3:49:38 PM PDT · by lwoodham · 7 replies
    NumberUSA ^ | 6/8/2011
    Reps. Robert Alderholt (R-Ala.), Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Wally Herger (R-Calif.), and Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The bill currently has 77 co-sponsors and amends current U.S. code to require at least one parent to be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident for a new born to receive automatic citizenship. The Fourteenth Amendment extends citizenship to all persons born in the U.S. and "subject to the jurisdiction"; it also grants Congress the power to enforce and define the provisions of the amendment.
  • Cop accused of lying about citizenship to join FBI

    06/07/2011 2:18:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | June 6, 2011 | Guillermo Contreras
    ........The Iranian-born officer, now a U.S. citizen, was taken to federal court in San Antonio late Friday on a charge of making false statements about his citizenship to get a job in law enforcement. He was released on $50,000 unsecured bond following a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Primomo. If convicted, Amrollah could face up to five years in prison. ........The FBI claims Amrollah lied about his U.S. citizenship in applications to be a jailer, a police officer and, most recently, an FBI agent. In April 2010, the affidavit said, Amrollah e-mailed the FBI expressing interest in attending WMD...
  • Republicans, Let us Honor Abraham Lincoln Today

    09/15/2003 6:37:23 AM PDT · by republicanwizard · 155 replies · 876+ views
    National Park Service ^ | 9/15/2003 | RepublianWizard
    Third Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Jonesboro, Illinois September 15, 1858 MR. DOUGLAS' SPEECH. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: I appear before you today in pursuance of a previous notice, and have made arrangements with Mr. Lincoln to divide time, and discuss with him the leading political topics that now agitate the country. Prior to 1854 this country was divided into two great political parties known as Whig and Democratic. These parties differed from each other on certain questions which were then deemed to be important to the best interests of the Republic. Whig and Democrats differed about a bank, the...
  • Crashing a Citizenship Ceremony : Culture Blog!

    05/25/2011 8:31:48 PM PDT · by thecodont · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | May 25 2011 at 11:15 AM | Beth Spotswood
    There are certain opportunities that are so rare and so special, you'd be nuts not to grab them. This is how I ended up at the Phillip Burton Federal Building on Friday afternoon watching my friend Nadir be sworn in as an American citizen. Born in Portugal and arriving in California at age 9, Nadir has spent the past decade working towards his citizenship. Now 26 years old, it's not like Nadir's been lounging around, twiddling his thumbs, waiting for a passport. Nadir put himself through college, he's currently working in Washington DC for a Congressman and next year, he'll...
  • Superman Loves America Again – It’s Official (after renouncing US citizenship)

    05/12/2011 1:09:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Bleeding Cool ^ | 05/12/2011 | Rich Johnston
    In Action Comics #900, a back up strip by David Goyer, showed Superman announcing he was to go to the UN and give up his citizenship of the USA, so to ensure his actions were not mistaken for US government policy. And the news exploded. Well, today, from DC Comics, on the last page of Superman #711, we see a very different situation. Superman loving America after all! That (thankfully) doesn’t spoil the story having on its own right here. And to quote; “That’s what America is about, really. That’s the American way. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness...
  • Steve King Outraged: 3 Terror Convicts Get Citizenship

    05/03/2011 2:57:00 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 8 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 5-3-11 | Martin Gould
    Three people convicted of terror-related offenses after 9/11 were given U.S. citizenship later, outraging Rep. Steve King, the Republican chairman of the House subcommittee that deals with immigration. “It’s outrageous that you can have people under your very nose and adjudicate them through the process and convict them and then turn around and grant them citizenship,” King told CNS News. The unidentified trio were all granted U.S. citizenship under the Obama administration, two in 2009 and one in 2010, according to federal auditors. They were caught up in an investigation involving “an identified link to international terrorism,” said the report...
  • Three Convicted in Terror- Related Cases Later Granted U.S. Citizenship by Obama Administration

    04/29/2011 8:46:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 4/29/11 | Edwin Mora
    Three people convicted of crimes as a result of a terrorism-related investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) were later naturalized as U.S. citizens by the Obama administration, according to federal auditors. The March 2011 audit (released on April 21, 2011) by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), entitled Criminal Alien Statistics: Information on Incarcerations, Arrests and Costs, shows that three individuals were among “defendants where the investigation involved an identified link to international terrorism but they were charged with violating other statutes [not directly related to terrorism], including fraud, immigration, drugs,
  • Three Convicted in Terror-Related Cases Later Granted U.S. Citizenship by Obama Administration

    04/30/2011 5:39:14 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 7 replies · 1+ views
    CNS News ^ | April 29, 2011 | Edwin Mora
    ( -- Three people convicted of crimes as a result of a terrorism-related investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) were later naturalized as U.S. citizens by the Obama administration, according to federal auditors. The March 2011 audit (released on April 21, 2011) by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), entitled Criminal Alien Statistics: Information on Incarcerations, Arrests and Costs, shows that three individuals were among “defendants where the investigation involved an identified link to international terrorism but they were charged with violating other statutes [not directly related to terrorism], including fraud, immigration, drugs, false statements, and general conspiracy charges,” referred...
  • PC Comics: Superman Renounces America!

    05/02/2011 1:31:02 AM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 6 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | April 29, 2011 | Calvin Freiburger
    Once upon a time, superheroes were a source of comfort and escape from the difficulties and ugliness of real life. While real-life recession and terrorism aren’t likely to meet any tidy resolutions soon, we can always count on Batman to solve the Riddler’s latest puzzle just in time, or Spider-Man to save the damsel in distress (well, usually). Somewhere along the line, though, it was decided that our heroes had to grapple with real-world issues. When done sparingly and handled well, this can elevate the genre, such as Harry Osborn's battle with drugs or 2008’s brilliant The Dark Knight. But...
  • Three Convicted in Terror-Related Cases Later Granted U.S. Citizenship by Obama Administration

    04/29/2011 10:06:49 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 47 replies
    Cnsnews ^ | Friday, April 29, 2011 | Edwin Mora
    Three people convicted of crimes as a result of a terrorism-related investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) were later naturalized as U.S. citizens by the Obama administration, according to federal auditors. The March 2011 audit (released on April 21, 2011) by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), entitled Criminal Alien Statistics: Information on Incarcerations, Arrests and Costs, shows that three individuals were among “defendants where the investigation involved an identified link to international terrorism but they were charged with violating other statutes [not directly related to terrorism], including fraud, immigration, drugs, false statements, and general conspiracy charges,” referred by DOJ as...
  • What is a Natural-Born Citizen?

    04/29/2011 3:15:09 PM PDT · by llandres · 100 replies
    No wonder so many people are confused, or ignorant, about this subject and its Constitutional importance relative to Presidential eligibility. This first link - - is a 9 min. interview with Peter Spiro, a Temple University law professor, by the day's cspan moderator. Listen to the questions and his answers. Sheesh. Here's another link to the Washington Journal segment that followed, with call-ins and emails, titled, "Should U.S. presidents be 'natural born' citizens?" Should? Should??? Folks, this is what we're up against - ignorance, misinformation, apathy or a combination thereof.
  • Superman Renounces U.S. Citizenship

    04/28/2011 8:44:58 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 28 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 04-28-11 | The Rat
    Holy crap Batman, what’s up with Superman? It sounds like truth, justice, and the American way just don’t get it for your Kryptonian pal anymore. What happened? Yes citizens of Metropolis, it’s a dark day indeed. As unthinkable as it sounds, your super- hero is fed up with America and has renounced his U.S. citizenship. How can this be, you ask? It seems that Superman dropped in on a Tehran demonstration to stand with non-violent protestors against the Iranian regime. This not only ticked off the President’s national security advisor; the mullahs weren’t too happy either. Following a dress-down from...
  • New Law Requires Photo ID, Proof of Citizenship to Vote in Kansas

    04/25/2011 11:38:48 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies · 1+ views
    CNSNews ^ | April 25, 2011 | Susan Jones
    ( - Voters in Kansas will need to show a photo ID the next time they go to the polls. In a signing ceremony last week, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill to protect the integrity of elections, he said: "We must be able to accurately and fairly discern the will of the people of Kansas." While Gov. Brownback said the new law establishes "reasonable steps" to protect the rights of citizens, the American Civil Liberties Union called it a "giant leap backwards." The new Kansas law requires photo ID from all in-person voters at every election. People submitting...
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Teaches Wrong Words in Citizenship Booklet

    04/21/2011 7:45:47 AM PDT · by bunkerhill7 · 23 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ^ | 2011 | U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    This US Immigration Agency says this falsehood in their citizenship booklet: ``The Founding Fathers of the United States wrote the Constitution in 1787. The Constitution is the “supreme law of the land.” The U.S. Constitution has lasted longer than any other country’s constitution. It establishes the basic principles of the United States government. The Constitution establishes a system of government called “REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY.” In a representative representative democracy, citizens choose representatives to make the laws. U.S. citizens also choose a president to lead the executive branch of government. The Constitution lists fundamental rights for all citizens and other people living...
  • Arizona bill seeks citizenship proof from all candidates [Obama not singled out, author says]

    04/18/2011 4:44:40 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 18, 2011 | Jacques Billeaud
    PHOENIX | The state of Arizona has moved onto contentious political territory once again with the legislative passage of a bill requiring President Obama and other presidential candidates to prove their U.S. citizenship before their names can appear on the state’s ballot. Opponents say Arizona’s bill, approved late last week, gives the state another black eye after lawmakers approved a controversial immigration enforcement law last year. Gov. Jan Brewer, who has until the end of business Thursday to act on the proposal, declined to say whether she would sign the measure, which would make Arizona the first state to enact...
  • Obama’s ineligibility: Beyond arrogance and ignorance

    04/13/2011 5:16:46 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 35 replies ^ | 4/13/2011 | Lawrence Sellin
    Why was Obama exempt from even the most rudimentary examination of his credentials for office? And why are these same people denying that the Constitution has been violated? And why are they trying to bury the issue and denouncing anyone who speaks of it? Have they all decided that the term natural born citizen no longer applies as a prerequisite for the Presidency? If so, what are the new criteria for eligibility? The American people are waiting for the truth, not just the usual displays of elitist arrogance or feigned ignorance. There is clearly a conspiracy of silence. Is there...
  • Can Donald Trump Beat Obama in 2012?

    04/12/2011 2:36:46 PM PDT · by pinochet · 56 replies · 1+ views
    Many people are hoping that an American citizen will be elected President of the United States in 2012. Some people are claiming that Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the US. In fact, there is no evidence that he is an American citizen of any sort. There is no birth certificate, and there is no certificate of naturalization. It is alleged that he travelled on an Indonesian passport in the early 1980s. He may even be an illegal alien like his aunt Zeituni, subject to deportation to his real home, Indonesia or Kenya. Donald Trump was the first high...
  • Spiro Agnew's Father was a Non-Citizen

    04/12/2011 11:27:59 AM PDT · by Captain Kirk · 142 replies
    U.S. Census 1920 ^ | 1920 | U.S. Bureau of the Census
    See line 72-75 and scroll over to the box that asks about citizenship. Theodore Agnew, Spiro's father, indicates in the box that he is an "al" (for alien). Young Spiro is shown on line 75. We now have two precedents against the birthers. The other is Chester Arthur. Both had non-citizen fathers and NOBODY in either case cared at the time. The controversy over Arthur was solely related to his alleged foreign birth.
  • World War II Vet Gets U.S. Citizenship

    04/05/2011 8:13:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Fox ^ | April 5, 2011
    SEATTLE -- Leland Davidson always knew he was an American. Now he has a certificate from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to prove it. Davidson, 95, was the oldest of more than 50 people who had their citizenship confirmed Tuesday in a ceremony in Seattle. Most were children of parents who have become naturalized citizens or were adopted from overseas. Davidson, a resident of Centralia, was born in British Columbia and qualifies as a U.S. citizen because his parents were from the United States. The family moved back to the U.S. when he was 5. Davidson grew up...
  • California site for 'maternity tourists' shut down

    03/24/2011 3:17:47 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 24, 2011 | RAQUEL MARIA DILLON and CHRISTINA HOAG
    Authorities have closed three upscale townhouses that were operating as a maternity center for Chinese mothers paying thousands of dollars to give birth in the United States so the children would automatically gain citizenship. Police and city inspectors found seven newborns and two mothers when they closed the homes for building code violations on March 8 in San Gabriel, a suburb east of Los Angeles that is home to a large Asian population. The women, who were Chinese and Taiwanese nationals and spoke little English, told officials their families had paid to send them to the United States to give...
  • World War II Vet Learns He's Not a U.S. Citizen

    03/24/2011 11:11:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 76 replies ^ | March 23, 2011
    CENTRALIA, WA - Imagine living in this country for nearly a 100 years only to learn you're not a citizen. It happened to a 95-year-old military veteran in Washington named Leeland Davidson. Davidson knew he was born in Canada in 1916, but figured because his parents were American, he was automatically a U.S. citizen. He was able to join the Navy and served in World War II, but when Davidson recently went to get the driver's license he needed to go to Canada to visit relatives, he learned otherwise.
  • How Dumb Are We? (38% failed U.S. Citizenship Test)

    03/21/2011 6:25:45 AM PDT · by jda · 64 replies
    They’re the sort of scores that drive high-school history teachers to drink. When NEWSWEEK recently asked 1,000 U.S. citizens to take America’s official citizenship test, 29 percent couldn’t name the vice president. Seventy-three percent couldn’t correctly say why we fought the Cold War. Forty-four percent were unable to define the Bill of Rights. And 6 percent couldn’t even circle Independence Day on a calendar. . . . The current conflict over government spending illustrates the new dangers of ignorance. Every economist knows how to deal with the debt: cost-saving reforms to big-ticket entitlement programs; cuts to our bloated defense budget;...
  • How Dumb Are We? [US Citizenship Test]

    03/20/2011 5:25:47 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 58 replies · 1+ views
    Newsweek Magazine ^ | 03/20/2011 | Andrew Romano
    They’re the sort of scores that drive high-school history teachers to drink. When NEWSWEEK recently asked 1,000 U.S. citizens to take America’s official citizenship test, 29 percent couldn’t name the vice president. Seventy-three percent couldn’t correctly say why we fought the Cold War. Forty-four percent were unable to define the Bill of Rights. And 6 percent couldn’t even circle Independence Day on a calendar....It doesn’t help that the United States has one of the highest levels of income inequality in the developed world, with the top 400 households raking in more money than the bottom 60 percent combined. As Dalton...
  • Welcoming Our New Masters

    03/20/2011 5:23:56 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 10 replies ^ | 3-20-11 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    We moved to Idaho to escape Nevada after years of despairing over too many taxes, too many regulations and a good ole’ boy network that was corrupt as the day is long. I spent some time here as a child and we visited numerous times before deciding to make the move. We believed this would be a freer state and provide a safer, more moral way of life for our family and ourselves. Sometimes, fate gets the last laugh. Since moving to Idaho, I have stayed out of local politics as much as possible. Staying strictly to the shadows and...
  • Ariz. Senate rejects birthright citizenship bills

    03/17/2011 4:25:40 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 17, 2011
    PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Senate has defeated bills intended to force a Supreme Court ruling against automatic citizenship for U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants. The bills were defeated on votes of 12-18 and 11-19 as majority Republicans split on the issue.
  • Donald Trump Doubts Obama’s Citizenship: ‘The Whole Thing Is Very Strange’

    03/17/2011 9:27:34 AM PDT · by kingattax · 63 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 17th, 2011 | Mark Joyella
    Donald Trump, in an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America, has expressed some doubt about President Obama’s citizenship, telling ABC’s Ashleigh Banfield that unlike the president, if people tried to learn more about his life, they’d have no problem finding people who remembered him from his childhood. By comparison, Trump suggests Obama is a man of mystery who only emerged later in life. “It’s very strange,” Trump said.
  • Go Ahead, Call Me a “Birther”

    03/10/2011 6:47:02 AM PST · by Clintons-B-Gone · 24 replies
    All Voices ^ | March 3, 2011 | R.G. Yoho
    This week, while speaking in Boston, President Obama made another joke about his birthplace. Isn’t that funny? All of America is laughing with a man who refuses to come forward with the same documents you are required to produce whenever you move to a new job, purchase insurance, acquire a new bank account, or a host of other transactions that require you to prove your citizenship.
  • Senate approves tough anti-illegal immigrant bill [Indiana]

    02/23/2011 6:09:00 AM PST · by jaydubya2 · 11 replies
    nwitimes ^ | February 22, 2011 | Dan Carden
    INDIANAPOLIS | State and local police in Indiana soon may be required to demand proof of citizenship from any person they stop whom they suspect may be an illegal immigrant. The Republican-controlled Indiana Senate voted 31-18 on Tuesday to send Senate Bill 590 containing that requirement to the GOP-led House. The legislation is similar to an Arizona law enacted last year that led to widespread boycotts of that state. The Indiana measure also prohibits illegal immigrants from receiving in-state tuition, scholarships and financial aid for college; requires businesses to verify the immigration status of their employees; and mandates state and...
  • On Long Island, Palin Opens Up and Plays Coy

    02/18/2011 9:21:05 AM PST · by rob777 · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 17, 2011 | JEFF ZELENY
    snip >br> She said it was unwise for Republicans to keep doubts alive about the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate and citizenship, saying: “It’s distracting. It gets annoying. Let’s stick with what really matters.” snip
  • Illegal Immigrants Being Targeted by Kansas Government

    Illegal Immigrants in Kansas should perhaps start singing “California, here we come” as conservative state leaders begin working on legislation
  • Arizona Rancher Will Fight Court Order To Pay Damages to Undocumented Immigrants

    02/10/2011 5:31:32 AM PST · by La Lydia · 59 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | February 10, 2011 | Elizabeth Llorente
    An Arizona rancher who was ordered to pay nearly $90,000 in punitive damages to undocumented immigrants he confronted, with a gun, is going to request a rehearing, his attorney said. “We’ll be filing a motion for a rehearing,” said David T. Hardy, who is representing Roger Barnett. “He feels he got screwed. I have some sympathy for that view.” The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week upheld a lower court verdict ordering Barnett to pay the damages for the 2004 incident, in which the plaintiffs claimed that he approached them with his dog and said he’d shoot them...
  • Ariz. lawmakers mull automatic citizenship bill

    02/07/2011 11:54:40 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 7, 2011 | JACQUES BILLEAUD
    PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona lawmakers are holding a hearing on a bill that challenges automatic U.S. citizenship for children of illegal immigrants. The bill to be heard Monday by the Senate judiciary committee provides a definition of a citizen of Arizona as a person who was born or naturalized in the United States and lives legally in Arizona.
  • Rand Paul Wants to Ban Abortions and End Birthright Citizenship

    01/28/2011 6:59:10 PM PST · by FromLori · 53 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 1/28/2011 | Jim Lo Skalzo
    Sometimes new members of Congress take some time to get settled in before proposing legislation. Not Rand Paul, the new Republican senator from Kentucky. Paul inherited many traits from his father, Rep. Ron Paul: like his dad, Rand is a doctor who entered politics to advance a fiercely held commitment to the family’s quirky ideology. (The enthusiastic young volunteers for Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign called it “Goldwater conservatism” in reference to Barry Goldwater, the patron saint of small-government conservatives, not in reference to Paul’s desire to return to the gold standard.) And this week it became apparent that—like his...
  • Proposed Arizona law targets "birthright" citizenship

    01/28/2011 5:36:29 AM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 1/28/11 | Tim Gaynor and David Schwartz
    Arizona Republicans introduced legislation on Thursday seeking to challenge the right to U.S. citizenship for children born in the state whose parents are illegal immigrants or other non-citizens. The move by state legislators came the same day the sheriff for Phoenix and surrounding areas sent a force of 200 deputies and citizen volunteers on an immigration sweep, an action the controversial lawman has undertaken periodically since 2008. Republicans introduced bills in the Arizona legislature that aim to provoke a legal review of the 14th amendment to the Constitution, which anchors citizenship rights for the children of immigrants.
  • Does the Constitution really say that children of illegal immigrants are automatic citizens?

    01/27/2011 10:51:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 01/27/2011 | Katrina Trinko
    While 2010’s immigration debate centered on the controversial Arizona law, 2011’s promises to be focused on a different — and even more explosive — topic: birthright citizenship. Kris Kobach, the recently elected Kansas secretary of state, is a lawyer and professor of law who specializes in immigration issues. The architect of Arizona’s SB-1070, he is the legal mind behind two new proposals to challenge the automatic granting of citizenship to any child born in the United States, regardless of the legal status of his parents. The first proposal is state-level legislation that would not affect the federal citizenship of an...
  • "Enlace" Public Engagement

    01/15/2011 6:39:50 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    USCIS ^ | 01/03/2011 | USCIS
    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of Public Engagement invites you to "Enlace," a free Spanish-language only event where we will share agency updates, a presentation titled "How Do I Help My Relative Become a Permanent Resident in the United States?", and have an open forum segment to respond to questions of a general nature. Our next "Enlace" engagement will be held at the USCIS Washington Field Office in Fairfax, Virginia. You may also participate from anywhere in the United States via telephone and Internet.
  • What does it mean to be an American? (Citizenship debate)

    01/14/2011 7:56:31 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 12 replies · 1+ views
    WashingtonPost ^ | 01/14/2011 | Edward Schumacher-Matos
    In the immediate aftermath of the Arizona shootings, when speculation focused on whether Jared Loughner √was politically motivated, no one said we should cancel his American citizenship. The cries to do so surely would have been angry and loud had he been an immigrant or even the child of one. After the attempted Times Square bombing last May by a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen, a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman introduced a bill to "denationalize" any citizen engaged in terrorism against the United States. I raise this contradiction not to score a point against the Lieberman...
  • Linda Chavez: Immigration restrictionists are stuck on the 14th Amendment

    01/07/2011 10:19:59 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 56 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/07/11 | Linda Chavez
    Americans abhor extremism. It is the reason our democracy has lasted for more than 200 years and why we have rejected both socialism and right-wing radicalism. American political parties have generally hewed to the center, unlike their European counterparts, so that even major political shifts moved the country only from center right (as in the Reagan and Bush administrations) to center left (as in the current administration). It is a lesson that both parties should take to heart, but one that poses special problems for the Republicans as one group of extremists attempts to hijack the GOP on a single...
  • The terrible mistake of revoking birthright citizenship: U.S. owes Mexicans more, not less

    01/06/2011 9:22:56 PM PST · by presidio9 · 113 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, January 6th 2011 | Rogers M. Smith
    As the new Congress convened, a group called State Legislators for Legal Immigration proposed two laws. One would declare that children of parents who immigrated here illegally are not born "subject to the jurisdiction" of the U.S. and so are not birthright citizens under the 14th Amendment. Under the other, states would issue two types of birth certificates, one for those born "subject to the jurisdiction" of the U.S. and one for everyone else. The states have no power to pass the first proposed law. Congress may be able to, but it is a bad idea that will not halt...
  • The Birther Interruption

    01/06/2011 2:41:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Human Events ^ | January 6, 2011 | John Hayward
    The scheduled reading of the Constitution in the House went off smoothly today, after a few of the usual procedural squabbles and legislative throat-clearing. Most representatives of both parties did a perfectly fine job of reading their assigned bit of the text. Speaker John Boehner got to read the really soaring words at the beginning, and gave an exceptionally powerful performance. At the other extreme, watching disgraced Democrat Charlie Rangel read from the Constitution was like watching atheist comedian Ricky Gervais read the Bible, but not as funny. The only bump in an otherwise smooth process came when the requirements...
  • Steve King Moves Forward on Bill to End Birthright Citizenship (Illegal alien anchor babies)

    01/06/2011 8:45:12 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    CBS News ^ | 1/06/11 | Stephanie Condon
    Steve King Moves Forward on Bill to End Birthright CitizenshipPosted by Stephanie Condon January 6, 2011 10:13 AM Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa, marking his first day as head of a House immigration panel, introduced a bill on Wednesday to end the practice of birthright citizenship. The bill would amend section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to clarify those classes of individuals born in the United States who are nationals and citizens of the United States at birth. It's generally thought that the 14th Amendment provides a constitutional guarantee of citizenship for anyone born in the United...
  • State Lawmakers Take On Birthright Citizenship

    01/05/2011 12:19:36 PM PST · by rxsid · 14 replies ^ | 1/5/2011 | JULIA PRESTON
    "State Lawmakers Take On Birthright Citizenship WASHINGTON — Conservative lawmakers from five state legislatures launched a joint campaign on Wednesday to try to cancel automatic United States citizenship for the American-born children of illegal immigrants. At a news conference here, Republican legislators unveiled two model measures they said would be introduced in at least 14 states. One was a bill clarifying the terms of citizenship in those states to exclude babies born here of illegal immigrant parents. The second was a compact between states to adopt common positions on the issue. The lawmakers acknowledged that the state bills were not...
  • Daryl Metcalfe at the National Press Club

    01/05/2011 11:50:26 AM PST · by jdirt · 3 replies
    There has been almost no coverage of the press conference today on the introduction of the birthright citizenship law five states will be introducing at home. That was to be expected. The abc video is the only thing I could find. You can also watch the protesters disrupt the news conference on the next video which got more air time than the actual conference. Perhaps the National Press Club will have video on their website later or tommorrow. If nothing else, perhaps Rep. Metcalfe will have the video on his website OK, MO, PA and AZ will introduce this...