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.
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.