Immigration Newsletter

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Attitude toward 'anchor babies' pulls anti-immigration crowd down to a new low: Connie Schultz |

Attitude toward 'anchor babies' pulls anti-immigration crowd down to a new low: Connie Schultz | "They call them 'anchor babies.'

Not 'God's children,' you understand. There'll be no celebrating these infants as the joyful proof that each was 'a baby, not a choice.' These precious little faces will not be smiling from a Right-to-Life billboard any time soon.

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Read Connie Schultz' commentary at the link above. I think she comes as close to anyone in print to capturing my utter disdain for the opportunistic hypocrisy, and downright un-American, mean spirited, racially-charged, baseness of the right-wing, gutter-politics on this issue.  (Not that I have any strong feelings about this)

Amend the Constitution to take rights away from the people - that's a wonderful Libertarian/Conservative idea!?! Maybe you read my previous posts about the economic and demographic necessity of increasing legal immigration and legalizing the undocumented who are already here and working. Now in addition to condemning us to a generation of an under-producing economy - the anti-immigrationistas think we should send our social compact back to the days before Reconstruction.

How about a little historical perspective:

The Republican Party was essentially founded in New Hampshire - primarily as an anti-slavery party. It was the Republican Party who was largely responsible for the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution that ensured that all persons born in the United States were citizens (so that African Americans could not be considered non-citizens because of their parents' previous status as slaves or because of their African ancestry).

But today it is more than OK for Republicans to promote withholding citizenship from babies born in the United States because of their parents' status as undocumented immigrants and their Latino ancestry? To see the Republican Party turned on its head to become the party of restricting individual liberties and rights based on parentage and race is so frustrating and outrageous that I have reached a point that I really have difficulty discussing these issues rationally.

Here is thorough review of the law on Birthright Citizenship for those with a keen interest to know more:

In my view, there is nothing left of the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln and Amos Tuck. The Political movement (perhaps begun here in NH) that once was the champion for the individual rights of the least powerful among us is a corpse that went cold many years ago. This call for a repeal of the 14th Amendment is just one more act of desecrating that venerable corpse.

I hope that someday, somebody will come along and lead the GOP back to its roots - because it has lost its way...until then I guess it is as Connie Schultz describes it "another round of Hate the Immigrant". 

As you can see I am tired of being "nice" or "politically correct" about this issue. If you believe the nonsense being put out there on repealing the 14th Amendment by so called Conservative commentators and the lick-spittle politicians who hang on their every word, then you are ignorant and need to educate yourself. Every time the majority takes a liberty or right away from someone in our society it becomes easier to take it away for any of us. This campaign is destructive, hateful, purely self-serving on the part of politicians and it cheapens our democracy. Say what you will in response - but do some research first.



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