Birthright Citizenship – So Important, Even Lou Dobbs Won’t Go There

I’ve been meaning to post on this for a while now, but I have a nice collection of links so, I’ll just dump it.

Sen. Lindsey Graham actually wants to repeal part of the 14th amendment which automatically grants citizenship to anyone born on U.S. soil. Holy s#&t!

This is insane.

You wanna know how insane? This is Even-Lou-Dobbs-Thinks-Its-Extreme insane. Yeah, that’s right. Anti-immigrant crusader Lou frickin’ Dobbs doesn’t accept it as appropriate. That has to be the definition of f*#ked up immigration policy.

Michael Gerson, former Reagan and Bush speechwriter, has an op-ed in the Washington Post attacking Graham. Gerson describes the error involved in deciding to “embrace the supreme symbol of nativism”:

The authors of the Fourteenth Amendment guaranteed citizenship to all people “born or naturalized in the United States” for a reason. They wished to directly repudiate the Dred Scott decision, which said that citizenship could be granted or denied by political caprice. They purposely chose an objective standard of citizenship — birth — that was not subject to politics. Reconstruction leaders established a firm, sound principle: To be an American citizen, you don’t have to please a majority, you just have to be born here.

Hear, hear! Birthright citizenship shouldn’t even be up for discussion. I fear this debate will not get quashed, and already the twisted advocates of this repeal are making inroads in the media with the introduction of made-up terms like “anchor baby” and “drop and leave.” No self respecting journalist should use those terms. By doing so they are swallowing the nativist rhetoric hook, line, and sinker.

Lastly – for your entertainment: the inimitable Jon Stewart, my newly goateed hero, has his take.

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1 Comment

Filed under Immigration, Journalism, Xenophobia/Nationalism

One response to “Birthright Citizenship – So Important, Even Lou Dobbs Won’t Go There

  1. It’s like another “balloon boy” where somebody floats up something shiny and the press all flocks to it like it is something real. Meanwhile, all sorts of stuff they should be paying attention to is happening on the ground, uncovered and unnoticed. Infuriating.

    Not sure Jon looks good in a goatee. That is also a trend that needs to stop, especially after seeing Tiger Woods in one. And some of us had one long before it got “cool” 🙂

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