Source: LA Times
I'm always tickled when a logic challenged person wipes the drool off their chin and utters a statement like "Illegal aliens don't come here just to have their babies, I mean, why would they do that?" (why yes Ruben navarrete I'm looking at you, you have a little drool on your chin there.)
Possibly because on the world market American citizenship is valued at roughly 200,000 dollars? Is that incentive enough? Of course to that amazing figure we can add in such delights as instant welfare for the baby, in whose largess the parents of course share.
Now Texas is looking to end birthright citizenship and it's about damn time...Why yes, yes it is.
AUSTIN, TEXAS — The Lone Star State has long welcomed Latino immigrants, no matter how they got across the state’s 1,200-mile border with Mexico.
Back when California voted to cut public services to illegal immigrants, then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush was preaching that immigrants were equal players in the state’s economy.
But the atmosphere has changed markedly in Texas, home to about 10% of the nation’s illegal immigrants.
Now, a growing chorus of Republicans and some Democrats is pushing some of the harshest immigration-related measures in the United States — laws that would not only deny public services to illegal immigrants but strip their American-born children of benefits as well.
The proposal to deny services to American citizens, which is thought to be the first in the country, is part of a push to challenge the citizenship given automatically to children born in this country to illegal immigrants.
Prior rulings have affirmed that nearly all such children were entitled to birthright citizenship under the 14th Amendment. But some legal scholars have questioned whether the amendment, which redefined national citizenship to include the children of slaves after the Civil War, should cover babies born to foreign parents.
The Pew Hispanic Center estimated last year that more than 3 million U.S. citizens were born to illegal immigrant parents.
“The Texas bill could be a vehicle to get this before the courts, and we strongly support that,” said Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which has been pushing Congress to revisit the 14th Amendment. “There is no question that it is time for a review, given the number of people entering the country illegally and giving birth.”
Texas’ shift toward a more incendiary brand of immigration politics comes at a time when many state lawmakers are frustrated that Washington has failed to stop illegal immigration. Few think President Bush’s moderate proposals, which include a guest worker program and enhanced border security, will help much, even if they are approved by Congress.
State Rep. Leo Berman, the Republican legislator who wrote the bill to deny benefits to the children of illegal immigrants, admits that his goal is to set off a fight in the federal courts.
His legislation has been compared to Proposition 187, which was ruled unconstitutional after California voters approved it in 1994, but it goes further. It would deny citizens born to illegal immigrants numerous state services, including unemployment benefits and the ability to obtain professional licenses.
“A pregnant illegal alien can wait at the border, check into a hospital in Texas, give birth without paying a penny, and be rewarded for her illegal behavior,” Berman said. “That’s outrageous.”…..
H/T immigration watchdog
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