Saturday, August 25, 2007
A thank you to Zorn for this well thought out discussion, with various links and interpretations to the hot topic of children born to illegal aliens or immigrants as they preferred to be called. None the less their children are more widely known as Anchor babies. As we already know this debate goes to the heart of automatic citizenship being disposed upon children born of illegal parents, and the strong support and drive, it also gets from the numerous pro-immigration groups, along with supporting corporations, who also happen to hold the the odd but distinct 14th amendment guarantee. In our opinion Corporations do appear to have high-jacked the status of persons for themselves. Corporations being viewed as an individual person in our opinion, is problematic in and of itself. In-steps the latest debate and the wrought out issue of. whether or not illegals have any rights in birthing in the U.S., then clinging to the status of being granted automatic citizenship for their birthed children. This makes for one hot topic. Which is guaranteed to continue in heating further up.
Current bills pending. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), sponsor of House Joint Resolution 46 to end birthright citizenship by constitutional amendment. U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Florida) has a similar bill before the House. Newer: The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2007.
The argument seems to center around the interpretation of,(Subject to the Jurisdiction thereof.)
U.S. Constitution, Amendment XIV, section 1 reads:
"All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the Jurisdiction thereof, are Citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. . ."
Also from Zorn of the Tribune
To recap: Though Arellano was deported to her native Mexico for criminal violations related to her illegal entrance to this country, her son, Saul, 8, is a U.S. citizen solely by virtue of being born on U.S. soil.
This has led to a renewed call for Congress either to begin the process of amending the Constitution to eliminate the automatic grant of citizenship to babies born here, or to ask the U.S. Supreme Court take another look at the 14th Amendment and rulings upholding birthright citizenship as recent as 1982.
We personally think there's a good start in 14th amendment background and reading in Zorn's posting. Take the time to preview if your interest lies in this heated topic.