/ March 19, 2005 09:33 AM
A new bill, HR 698, introduced by Rep. Nathan Deal, R-GA (Congress Grade of A+
!) would kill what is known as the "anchor baby". "Anchor babies" are babies born to illegal aliens who cross the border, so that it will be born on US soil and be given US Citizenship. This practice is used because it normally gives instant residency to the illegal alien allowing them to stay in the country and receive benefits. Opponents are whining that it unfairly targets immigrants.
Currently the 14th Amendment to the constitution, ratified in 1868, grants citizenship to anyone born on US soil. This has been a major issue in immigration reform circles, it is well known that illegal aliens have been jumping the border specifically for that purpose.
According to FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform), the 14th amendment was initially implemented specifically to give freed slaves citizenship. At the time there was no way of seeing people of the future travelling hundreds and thousands of miles with the intent of exploiting the amendment.
"If you’re coming here illegally, you shouldn’t be benefiting from it," [co-sponsor, Rep. Gary Miller, R-CA] said. "If I rob a bank, and left some money to my kids, should they be allowed to keep it?"
Former Rep. Brian Bilbray from San Diego introduced a similar bill in the late 1990s, but was unsuccessful in getting it passed.
The current bill, HR 698, was referred to the House Judiciary Committee in February and advocates for and against the bill say it won’t go far.
See a copy of the bill here
Tipped by: Lonewacko who notes different headlines papers went with and shines the light on those quoted who are opposed to the bill.
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Posted by Digger on March 19, 2005 09:33 AM (Permalink)
This is actually a good bill. The American people are getting tired of the illegal immigrants, employers and politicians screwing America on this issue. President Bush is an open borders advocate. The Dems are open borders advocates. It looks like the people are having to do the job of politicians. For example, the various ballot initiatives like Prop 200 in Arizona and those in other states that are similar.
Posted by: warriorjason on March 19, 2005 11:47 AM
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Posted by: Darleen on March 19, 2005 02:55 PM
That bill is about as unconstitutional as one can get.
Posted by: Christopher Cross on March 19, 2005 07:16 PM
That bill is about as unconstitutional as one can get.
Posted by: Christopher Cross
Left-liberals never tire of telling us that the Constitution is "a living document" that accomodates to changing circumstances. This is why ,for example, the Court suddenly found (in separate cases)that all the State laws against abortion and sodomy were unconstitutional. There are now 10 times as many people in the US as there were when the 14th amendment was passed..Giving automatic citizenship to children of illegal aliens who are born in the US is an anachronism in an age of cheap and fast travel and government welfare benefits. The US is virtually alone amomg the world's developed nations in having such a policy.
Posted by: seelow heights on March 19, 2005 11:14 PM
To say it's unconstitutional when it is to alter the existing Constitution is hilarious really Christopher. Of course it's unconstitutional.
I think it has merit though. Note that this is not against those here legally as residents or citizens, but those who are illegally here.
Posted by: Digger on March 20, 2005 02:18 AM
Re: Bill H.R.698. I can't see the necessity for any further debate on this issue, which will only further delay the passage of this vital piece of legislation. This issue is a no brainer. Where is the common sense of those of the electorate, the Congress, the Senate and others that would oppose this bill? WE the PEOPLE must demand that both houses of Congress call a special session and fix this inequity by an all yea vote, which would be terribly shocking but I could handle and would welcome the jolt. If they don't have the intestinal fortitude to do the right thing by seeing the problems that this insane policy is causing for this country ie;WE THE PEOPLE, then our voices must be loudly heard by demanding this bill be put before legally born American voters who I am confident will do the right thing. If President Bush is still fired up to amend the constitution, then this is a good opportunity for him. Don't blow it GDBYA, as your either with the American people on this issue and closing the borders, or your against us.Many have died horrible deaths to keep this country free and secure,and I, one of the lucky ones also served for twenty two years, and I hope I can speak for them, by saying they didn't die to let a bunch of greedy employers and politicians whose favotite color is GREEN take this country down. I LOVE THIS COUNTRY AS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA(USA)and if we don't hold our so called representatives and other OBSTRUCTIONISTS feet to the fire, we will become the UNITED STATES OF MEXICO(USM) Please, call them what they are, illegal invaders not illegal immigrants.
Posted by: Frank Glidden Jr. on March 30, 2005 08:19 PM
Actually, is NOT an amendment, simply further defining what is "the jurisdiction subject to ". Don't blow a coniptious fit over this. Revoke citizenships to those anchor babies...by handing them a "liasse- passez' to and from mexico, or OTM. who cares...ask any swiss, what it takes to be swiss? frankly, fox, already said it..."our people do the job that EVEN BLACKS WON'T DO" i THINK THAT ALSO TSUNAMIED THE WHOLE 11 MILLION ILLEGAL INVADERS AS NOT SECOND BUT THIRD CLASS CITIZENS...why? If fox thinks that of his own, what should we? OUTFOXED
Posted by: MARIA LAZARUS on June 6, 2005 12:24 AM
When did I become a "left liberal?" Guess I have to renounce my Federalist Society chapter presidency.
But anyway, the bill IS unconstitutional. It isn't trying to amend the 14th amendment. It's amending the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Congress has the power to amend the Act, but so long as the 14th says what it says, Congress can't do an end run around the Amendment.
(Though for those that call the right of citizenship to all born within the US "anachronistic"--one wonders why the 2nd amendment isn't equally as anaochronistic
Posted by: Christopher Cross on June 6, 2005 11:26 AM
Nathan Deal represents an area of north Georgia with a growing hispanic presence. An area that benifits, greatly, from cheap migrant labor. What this putrid vermon is in essence saying is its ok to exploit the needy for greater profit, but dont you dare put those brown children in schools with our precious little white kids.
I mean, typical southern politics. This clown and his ilk have been looking to replace the black slave since the end of the Civil War.
Posted by: Jake on July 8, 2005 04:52 PM
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