Birthright Citizenship

“Anchor Baby” Added to New American Heritage Dictionary

Written by on December 2, 2011 in Birthright Citizenship with 28 Comments
“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

Written by on March 16, 2011 in Birthright Citizenship, Immigration 101 with 2 Comments
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

Written by on February 8, 2011 in Birthright Citizenship, Legislation, State and Local with 0 Comments
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 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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A One-Man Wrecking Crew: New Report Details the Costly Career of Kris Kobach

A One-Man Wrecking Crew: New Report Details the Costly Career of Kris Kobach

It is hardly surprising that the newly elected Kansas secretary of state, Kris Kobach, ran an election campaign which featured the baseless claim that “the illegal registration of alien voters has become pervasive” in the state. As a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) describes in detail, Kobach has built a long […]

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The Emperor (and the Anti-Fourteenth Amendment Crowd) Have No Clothes

The Emperor (and the Anti-Fourteenth Amendment Crowd) Have No Clothes

What a difference a few weeks can make. Just last month, the papers were filled with stories about the amazing feats of DREAM Act students, whose commitment and love for this country is boundless, even as they risk deportation in order to tell their stories. This week, the papers are filled with stories of vicious […]

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Legislators Intend to Burden States with Costly Immigration Litigation

Written by on January 6, 2011 in Birthright Citizenship, Legislation, State and Local with 2 Comments
Legislators Intend to Burden States with Costly Immigration Litigation

State Legislators for Legal Immigration member, State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-PA) Yesterday, a group of state legislators gathered in a small room in Washington, D.C. to present their plan for reinterpreting the 14th Amendment—the amendment which states that all persons born in the U.S., and subject to jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of U.S. and the […]

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State Legislators Attempt to Turn Back Clock to Antebellum South

Written by on January 5, 2011 in Birthright Citizenship, State and Local with 0 Comments
State Legislators Attempt to Turn Back Clock to Antebellum South

At a press conference this morning at the National Press Club, a coalition of state legislators and immigration restrictionists known as the State Legislators for Legal Immigration (SLLI) presented their proposal to turn back the clocks to the pre-Civil War era to create a new definition of “state citizenship,” create a new second-class citizenship, and […]

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More Election Time Anti-Immigrant Antics

Written by on October 20, 2010 in Birthright Citizenship, Elections with 0 Comments
More Election Time Anti-Immigrant Antics

There are several things the public can count on each election season—a deluge of non-stop political advertising, daily tracking polls, and now to an increasing degree, false claims about immigrants by politicians looking for a cheap way to score political points.

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