US Rep. Nathan Deal of Georgia, thinks that the only reason that immigrants come into the US is to drop a baby here.
“U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, a Republican candidate for governor of Georgia, has proposed changing the long-standing federal policy that automatically grants citizenship to any baby born on U.S. soil, a move opposed by immigrant rights advocates.”
Let’s not try to discuss tradition. Let’s not discuss that fact that the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution has enshrined ‘birthright citizenship’ as a fact of life of the United States. Let’s not discuss the fact that the basis of the legislation being pushed by Deal and his ‘fellow travelers’ opens the door to all sorts of nasties.
Let’s discuss this: “Deal and his supporters say the 14th Amendment wording was never meant to automatically give citizenship to babies born to illegal immigrants….Under Deal’s proposal, babies born in the U.S. would automatically have citizenship only if at least one of their parents is a U.S. citizen or national, a legal permanent resident of the U.S., or actively serving in the U.S. military.”
Let’s also discuss this: What IS the 14th Amendment?
Amendments 13, 14, and 15 are referred to as “The Reconstruction Amendments” and were targeted at giving rights to freed slaves. “The amendment provides a broad definition of citizenship, overruling Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) which had excluded slaves and their descendants from possessing Constitutional rights, and was used in the mid-20th century to dismantle racial segregation in the United States, as in Brown v. Board of Education (1954). Its Due Process Clause has been used to apply most of the Bill of Rights to the states. This clause has also been used to recognize: (1) substantive due process rights, such as parental and marriage rights; and (2) procedural due process rights requiring that certain steps, such as a hearing, be followed before a person’s "life, liberty, or property" can be taken away. The amendment’s Equal Protection Clause requires states to provide equal protection under the law to all people within their jurisdictions…” 14th Amendment
So, what the 14th amendment actually did was to give citizenship rights – OUTRIGHT to slaves and their descendants.
Let’s see now…Rep. Deal, just HOW did people from Africa actually get to the New World (we can’t call it the United States because we were importing blacks from Africa in the 17th Century. The first slaves arrived here in 1619, in Jamestown, Virginia)? And, if memory serves, Rep. Deal, their papers were all in order, right? They’d applied and had passports and were invited most kindly to the New World and then the Colonies and then the United States (the last African slaves brought to the United States landed on Jekyll Island, GA in 1858), right?
Rep. Deal – Forgetting the issue of perceived volition, what is the difference between people who are stuffed into a tractor trailer or the belly of an air transport cargo vessel, or some other mode of transportation and brought into the United States, many of whom die during transport….and people who are stuffed into the hold of a sailing ship, brought to the United States, many of whom die during transport? The timing might be different, but the effect is the same. Black Africans who were brought to this continent between 1619 and 1858 were, by all modern definitions…illegal aliens.
Guess what, Deal – you are wrong. The 14th Amendment WAS written to make sure that people who would be considered now to be illegal aliens AND their descendants were granted Constitutional and Citizenship Rights. It was the right thing to do in 1868 when this Amendment was passed…and it’s the wrong thing to mess with it now.
Anyone who messes with the 14th Amendment could be opening the door to a whole lot of stuff like:
Taking away citizenship rights of the people who were brought here between 1619 and 1858 and their descendants —
Taking away citizenship rights of the people who came here as immigrants under any other circumstance other than what you and your friends deem acceptable…and their descendants?
The creation of gradations of citizenship – first class, second class, third class and untouchable?
The creation of an identification system based on race, immigrant status, or family origins? Will that also include ID cards? Tattoos? Identification chips inserted under the skin – how about we throw in a little bit of risk and copy that plan I read about where the chip includes a remote poisoning device. If the person doesn’t behave the way you and your buddies like, then you can detonate the thing from a thousand miles away?
How about people like John McCain who are born on what is traditionally accepted as “US Soil” – such as diplomatic compounds, facilities that are not on military bases but serve them, US registered ships at sea? The mind boggles. Will people who are pregnant now travel with large ziplock™ bags of ‘genuine US dirt’ so that should they go into labor in a foreign land, they can lay on a layer of it so that when the baby is born, it can be safely claimed that the child was born ‘on US soil’?
Please, Rep. Deal – this has to be the stupidest and one of the most harmful ideas anyone has come up with yet. Put it away. Better yet..throw it away.