Tuesday, August 17, 2010

more on birthright citizenship--what is the point?

This is a follow-up to a recent post on birthright citizenship. The 14th Amendment clearly gives citizenship to a child born in the United States. This right does not depend on the legal status of the parents. The courts have a 100+ year record of consistently upholding this right.

Why debate whether babies of illegal aliens born here should have citizenship? It is a settled issue with the courts. This constitutional right to citizenship cannot be changed with legislation. Only an amendment to the Constitution can change it.

Such an amendment to the Constitution will not happen.

So why have the debate? What is the point?

The point is for so-called conservatives in the GOP to curry favor with angry white voters already voting for the GOP. The point is for the GOP to permanently lose socially-conservative Hispanic voters to the Democrats. This is in not in the interest of the conservative movement but is in the interest of individuals going after the angry white-guy vote.

Time to move on.

RB's related posts:
gop out for a generation?
undocumented riches


Anonymous said...

True. I don't think the amendment would have a chance. Not a chance.

I know McCain and Graham--I don't know Kyl as well. And I wouldn't be surprised if your analysis of their motive is correct.

I have heard others speak on the issue...and I don't think they're trying to curry favor from any voting block...that said, they're the kind of people that no one votes for as a result!

RB said...

Maybe I shouldn't have imputed motives. It might have been better to more clearly state that the impact, the results, of the debate is to attract those who are already with the GOP and permanently repel those that should attracted to conservativism.

Chloe said...

I think the picture suits this topic very well :)