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  • Tuesday, December 13, 2005

    Republican attack on ius soli

    From American Progress:

    "For nearly 140 years, any child born on U.S. soil, even to an illegal immigrant, has been given American citizenship." (The 14th amendment to the Constitution, ratified in 1868, states, "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.") This week a group of 92 conservative lawmakers in the House will attempt "to force a vote on legislation that would revoke the principle of 'birthright citizenship,' part of a broader effort to discourage illegal immigration." But the effort to revoke birthright citizenship has little to do with actually curbing illegal immigration, and much more with pandering to anti-immigrant conservatives. Tamar Jacoby, a senior fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute, says the prospect of citizenship is "absolutely not" a major incentive for "the vast majority of illegal entrants." Harry Pachon, executive director of USC's Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, agreed, noting there is "no evidence" to suggest large numbers of immigrants are motivated by birthright citizenship. In any case, "there is no support for the concept in the Senate," according to Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH). "There are certain things that we have done as a nation for a long time that I don't think we're going to change. Rolling back the clock is not going to solve the problem of immigration."


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