Birthright citizenship has always been part of the immigration debate, but rarely in the foreground. Arizona's legally challenged immigration law changed that dynamic. With its April passage, there followed a tactical testing of the waters.There are times when calling the Republican Party the "Party of Stupid" is entirely appropriate, and this is one of those times. There should be very serious reasons for changing the Constitution, and so-called anchor babies is not a serious enough reason. Seriously.
First, prominent conservatives like presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and columnist George Will latched onto the idea. The day after a federal injunction neutered the Arizona law, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham teased that he might introduce legislation to repeal the 14th Amendment. Arizona's junior senator, John Kyl, endorsed it on Sunday's "Face the Nation." On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell threw his weight behind congressional hearings to review the issue.
The 14th Amendment was established in 1868 to prevent Southern states from denying citizenship to slaves. Its most renowned section includes the provisions known as the "due process clause" and the "equal protection clause," which guarantee basic freedoms that have been continuing focal points for the Supreme Court.
It's the opening clause that rankles: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."
Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/08/05/2937678/challenge-ahead-on-born-in-the.html#ixzz0vlZXfObN
We can handle this situation quite easily without changing the Constitution. First, let's enforce our borders (quite) a bit more than we're currently doing, thereby reducing the number of such babies. Second, we don't have to let non-citizens live here just because a citizen is here! So what if the baby is a citizen--if mom and dad aren't, and are not resident aliens, they must go back to their own country, and--shocker!--they can take their baby with them.
There is no validity whatsoever to the putrid argument of the Left that says that deporting illegals will split up families. They can take their child with them! No one is calling for splitting up the family unit, and the child will still maintain his or her US citizenship.
With proposals mentioned in the link above, Republicans risk looking like the anti-Hispanic racists they're so often accused of being. There's no need to throw fuel on those fires, especially when the solution is so simple.