Birthright Citizenship

Latino Voters Poised to Again Play Key Role in Elections

Latino Voters Poised to Again Play Key Role in Elections

One year after the 2012 elections, in which the Latino vote  played a pivotal role in the re-election of President Obama, the Republican Party is still attempting to figure out how to attract Latinos and new immigrant voters to the fold. Tomorrow, voters head to the polls to decide several state elections and the gubernatorial […]

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Taking the Important Leap to Citizenship

Taking the Important Leap to Citizenship

Each year on September 17, the United States observes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, a combined event that commemorates the anniversary of the nation’s constitution and recognizes all those who are or have become U.S. citizens. It is considered a time for Americans to reflect on the importance of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, […]

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Federal Judges Remind Government to Consider Prosecutorial Discretion

Federal Judges Remind Government to Consider Prosecutorial Discretion

Prosecutorial discretion is the authority of a law enforcement agency or officer to decide whether and to what degree to enforce the law in particular cases.  The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative continues to be a successful example of prosecutorial discretion in the immigration context.  However the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) often […]

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A Much-Needed Spotlight on Families Ripped Apart by Deportations

A Much-Needed Spotlight on Families Ripped Apart by Deportations

On December 12, dozens of children delivered thousands of letters to Capitol Hill, calling upon lawmakers to stop the senseless division of families that is caused by the deportation of mothers and fathers who are not a threat to anyone. The event was part of “A Wish for the Holidays,” a campaign with a simple […]

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American Heritage Dictionary Redefines “Anchor Baby” Term as “Offensive” and “Disparaging”

American Heritage Dictionary Redefines “Anchor Baby” Term as “Offensive” and “Disparaging”

The firestorm around the inclusion of the term “anchor baby” in the new edition of the American Heritage Dictionary has led to a dramatic reversal in the definition. Not only did the executive editor, Steven Kleinelder, emphatically apologize for the initial definition, he promised swift action to change it. By Monday morning, the term was […]

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“Anchor Baby” Added to New American Heritage Dictionary

“Anchor Baby” Added to New American Heritage Dictionary

The degree to which the immigration debate has coarsened over the last few years is no more evident than in the pages of the recently released fifth edition of the New American Heritage Dictionary. Among the new entries is the term “anchor baby.” You might think that the definition would read something like: slang, a […]

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Restrictionist Group Strikes Out in Latest Report on Children of Diplomats

Restrictionist Group Strikes Out in Latest Report on Children of Diplomats

BY MARGARET D. STOCK, COUNSEL TO THE FIRM, LANE POWELL PC The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has been known for coming out with some odd reports over the years—but their latest is notable for its factual and legal flaws—and for argument that we should expand several different government bureaucracies to chase down the dozen […]

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Report on Birthright Citizenship Low on Facts, High on Fantasy

Report on Birthright Citizenship Low on Facts, High on Fantasy

Sometimes it’s easy to miss the most outlandish and unrealistic statements made in the immigration debate given the level of dialed up rhetoric. A recent report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), however, appears to have been written to test just how far into the realm of fantasy the debate can be taken. In […]

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Some States Applying Brakes to Legislation Denying Citizenship to U.S.-Born Children

Some States Applying Brakes to Legislation Denying Citizenship to U.S.-Born Children

Yesterday, a panel in South Dakota’s legislature voted to halt legislation aimed at denying citizenship to U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants. South Dakota’s bill—and others like it—propose measures which challenge the interpretation of the 14th Amendment, which states that, with very few exceptions, all persons born in the U.S. are U.S. citizens, regardless of the […]

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What Does the Vitter-Paul Resolution to Amend the Constitution Solve, Exactly?

Written by on January 31, 2011 in Birthright Citizenship, Constitution with 6 Comments
What Does the Vitter-Paul Resolution to Amend the Constitution Solve, Exactly?

Senator David Vitter (R-LA). Photo by SIR: Poseyal. In the latest attack on the Constitution and U.S. citizenship, Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a resolution (S. J. RES. 2) last week proposing an amendment to the constitution to limit citizenship to children born in the U.S. if 1) one parent is […]

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