Saturday, July 31, 2010

Lindsey Graham On Immigration

Now I have to say, on this one it’s time for a little Ms Daisy bipartisanship. I agree with his idea that it may just be time to amend the 14th Amendment.

When it was ratified in 1868 (142 years ago) there were some serious issues going on. The slaves had been declared free, now they were people, not chattel but they had never been made citizens in this country. It’s quite certain you would have been hard pressed to find any slaves that would have come here willingly so it was through no fault of their own that they ended up here, they were a people, (finally) but with no home.

Today it’s a different story. Mexicans “do” come here on their own, they do it illegally and they have a definite plan. I mean for Gawd sakes in many cases they wait until they are in labor and make a mad dash.

A few years ago I worked with a nurse who came from Texas. She was an OB Nurse in a hospital not far from the border, (though I can’t remember where exactly). But she had some wild stories and told me that they delivered a hell of a lot of illegal babies. (Her biggest complaint was all the paperwork it created.)

On that specific issue I have to say, times have changed. They are not being brought here in chains and sold as chattel. They come on their own, many come pregnant planning to drop an anchor baby, and they’ve dropped millions of them. I don’t think that is anything near what they had in mind at the time with regard to what the 14th Amendment was intended to do.

Times have changed, so have the circumstances, and over the years there have been changes to the Constitution to keep up with it all. I think it’s time we take a look at this. We should evaluate what effect changing the 14th Amendment to restrict citizenship to babies born with at least one parent that has legal citizenship would be.

My opinion is that it could be a good step forward in getting (some) control of the borders. If they know the anchors won’t catch bottom, maybe they won’t try so hard to come over here to drop them.

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