Anchor Babies. Again.

 Anchor Babies. Again.

The Great GOP Constitution Love-In is over. Really over. After a marathon reading of an abridged U.S. Constitution on the House floor, Republicans are ready to ignore the document, planning an end-run around the 14th Amendment. In case you missed the Read-In, that’s the one that starts like this:

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.

Fearing fictional legions of pregnant aliens sneaking into the U.S. of A., giving birth, and using their offspring’s status to stay in the States, Republicans will try to deny U.S. citizenship to children born on American soil to out-of-status immigrants, as if this civil infraction by the parents was passed on to infants like a horrible birth defect.

Presumably this hereditary trait of non-citizenship would be passed on though succeeding generations, throughout eternity. That certainly was the case with formerly-enslaved Americans of African descent and the reason the 14th Amendment was needed in the first place.

  

Previously, many Tea Party favorites wrapped their xenophobia and racism in Homeland Security rhetoric, warning of “Terrorist Babies.” Radical Muslim women, we were warned, were coming to America and giving birth to Radical Muslim Terror Babies with U.S. citizenship poised to commit terrorist atrocities like voting for Democrats.

Republicans trying to circumvent the 14th Amendment claim the United States is the only nation with birthright citizenship, an odd assertion coming from isolationists who routinely object to court rulings recognizing international law and policy based on foreign models. The claim also has the disadvantage of being a complete falsehood.

More:

 “Anchors Aweigh,” Emily Bazelon, Slate.

“Ignoring the Constitution Is Easier Than Amending It, Immigration Edition,” Damon W. Root, Reason.

 

 

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3 Responses to “Anchor Babies. Again.”

  1. mcoville Says:

    As a constitutional conservative I believe these babies are Americans as stated by the 14th amendment. Under the same constitution the parents are still criminals for entering our country illegally and should be faced with the choice of either leaving their child to the American foster care system, we take care of our own, or stay in America with their American child and stand accountable for their crime.

    We need to stop rewarding people for breaking our laws and at the same time, we need to make sure we take care of all Americans no matter the legality of their parents.

    If the parents want to return to their home country they are free to take their child with them, the child would be welcomed back when they are ready to assume their citizenship as Americans, but the parents do not get to stay here unless they pay their debt to society for breaking our laws.

  2. Mike Licht Says:

    mcoville wrote:

    Under the same constitution the parents are still criminals for entering our country illegally

    Oh yeah? What Constitutional Article says that? Answer: None. It’s a civil offense under the US Code.

    faced with the choice of either leaving their child to the American foster care system, we take care of our own, or stay in America with their American child and stand accountable for their crime.

    Wrong on both counts. The penalty is deportation, and the American-born child usually leaves with the parents or stays with relatives who are legal residents or U.S. citizens.

    We need to stop rewarding people for breaking our laws

    We simply don’t do that — the charge is pure fantasy. Don’t reward the politicians who promote these lies or the media gasbags who foster fear and hatred of immigrants and their children. This has been a nation of immigrants for centuries, and that is one of the things that makes us strong.

  3. mcoville Says:

    “What Constitutional Article says that?” Article I, section 8, clause 4: (empowers Congress) “To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization”.

    Out-of-status iimmigrants do not violate that clause. Arizona does when it attempts to make its own immigration law. -ml

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