Birthright Citizenship

Reframing the Birthright Citizenship Debate with Facts

Written by on August 13, 2010 in Birthright Citizenship with 2 Comments
Reframing the Birthright Citizenship Debate with Facts

In the latest flame war on immigration, some politicians are targeting the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants. They blithely state time and time again that undocumented immigrants are flooding the border to have their children in the U.S., thereby guaranteeing them citizenship. Their solution to this supposed “baby dropping epidemic” is amending the U.S. Constitution […]

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The Wrong Side of History: Immigration, the GOP and the Next Generation of Voters

Written by on August 9, 2010 in Birthright Citizenship, Demographics with 3 Comments
The Wrong Side of History: Immigration, the GOP and the Next Generation of Voters

As anti-immigrant fervor continues to swirl in the headlines, it’s not difficult for readers to discern who’s stirring the pot. Over the weekend, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) became the latest GOPer to publically support the effort to end birthright citizenship—an effort that seeks to repeal the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. Last month, […]

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Senators Graham and Kyl Buy Tickets to the Birthright Citizenship Dog and Pony Show

Written by on August 2, 2010 in Birthright Citizenship with 2 Comments
Senators Graham and Kyl Buy Tickets to the Birthright Citizenship Dog and Pony Show

Over the weekend, the second-ranking member of the Senate Republican leadership, Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) joined Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in considering a repeal of birthright citizenship laws through a constitutional amendment. Birthright citizenship, guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, is the cornerstone of American civil rights and affirms that, with very few […]

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More Right-Handed Pot Stirring: Internal USCIS Draft Memo Exploited for Political Gain

Written by on July 30, 2010 in Birthright Citizenship, Legislation with 3 Comments
More Right-Handed Pot Stirring: Internal USCIS Draft Memo Exploited for Political Gain

Conspiracy theorists hate it when no one pays attention. Witness last month’s letter to President Obama in which eight Republican Senators accused him of planning to circumvent the will of Congress through a regulatory grant of “amnesty” suggesting that plans were afoot in the Department of Homeland Security to make it happen. Despite their mock […]

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Ending Birthright Citizenship Won’t Solve Our Immigration Problems

Ending Birthright Citizenship Won’t Solve Our Immigration Problems

The people who brought you SB1070 in Arizona are now preparing to challenge one of the fundamental principles of the U.S. Constitution—birthright citizenship. Birthright citizenship, or the principle of jus soli, means that any person born within the territory of the U.S is a citizen, regardless of the citizenship of one’s parents. This principle was […]

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