Friday, January 28, 2011

Meet the New Year, Same as the Old Year

2010 ended with immigration being the hot topic in Arizona and 2011 is starting the same way. The Republicans in the Arizona Legislature introduced a bill today to bar US citizenship to US born children of undocumented immigrants. Their bill seems to be in clear violation of the US Constitution, a document they claim to hold close to their hearts. The 14th Amendment says, “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.” Seems pretty clear to me. 
Not only does the bill seem to stomp on the Constitution (and would likely be overturned by the US Supreme Court) it also appears to be overwritten. The bill would limit citizenship to permanent residents, thus leaving out people here legally on tourist visas, business visas, student visas or anything but permanent residents. And one analyst thinks it would deny citizenship to the children of US citizens who happen to be born outside of the US, like the children of military members or military service people on duty overseas. Not very patriotic for a party that prizes patriotism. 
A group of people opposed to the so called “anchor baby” legislation gathered at the State Capitol to show their displeasure at the bill. One of the protestors came dressed as an “anchor baby,” the derogatory term the right uses to describe these US citizens.