I just received a Ron Paul flyer in the mail. In this particular piece of merde, Dr. Paul is arguing against illegal immigration. He believes he is the one candidate running who will stop it once and for all.
Part of his strategy is to amend the 14th amendment in the Constitution and end automatic birthright citizenship in the United States.
My initial and immediate reaction was…
Fuckity fuck fuck piece of shit racist bastard. What an asshole you are for pulling this shit, especially in the South where it is too damn easy as it is to appeal to the deep-seated racism here. Fuck off.
And then I thought of the fight going on here yesterday, and I see continuing somewhat today. And I thought it worth bringing to your attention.
Birthright citizenship is also referred to as Jus Soli. There is a very good wiki article on the subject here.
Without birthright citizenship, children can end up in a no-man’s land and have literally no citizenship anywhere until certain legal thresholds are met.
Dr. Paul’s position is a little more nuanced that I originally gave him credit for. To read more about it, here is his October 2, 2006 column on the subject, published in his official government web page.
A recent article in the Houston Chronicle discusses the problem of so-called anchor babies, children born in U.S. hospitals to illegal immigrant parents. These children automatically become citizens, and thus serve as an anchor for their parents to remain in the country. Our immigration authorities understandably are reluctant to break up families by deporting parents of young babies. But birthright citizenship, originating in the 14th amendment, has become a serious cultural and economic dilemma for our nation. …
No other wealthy, western nations grant automatic citizenship to those who simply happen to be born within their borders to non-citizens (Ed. Note: not true, see the first link). These nations recognize that citizenship involves more than the physical location of one’s birth; it also involves some measure of cultural connection and allegiance. In most cases this means the parents must be citizens of a nation in order for their newborn children to receive automatic citizenship.
Make no mistake, Americans are happy to welcome immigrants who follow our immigration laws and seek a better life here. America is far more welcoming and tolerant of newcomers than virtually any nation on earth. But our modern welfare state creates perverse incentives for immigrants, incentives that cloud the issue of why people choose to come here. The real problem is not immigration, but rather the welfare state magnet.
That pretty much sums up his thinking.
The truth is though – even thought he talks about the welfare state, Dr. Paul’s goal of rewriting the 14th Amendment will appeal to exactly those types of closet racists who are looking for any excuse to stick it to foreign immigrants. Especially those brown skinned foreign immigrants.
Friends, racism is still a real, living breathing issue in this country. It is simply (slightly) more subtle than it used to be.
It now comes wrapped in fancy packaged phrasing such as ‘you’re just racist against the white man’ or ‘goodness look how nice and normal they are behaving’ or ‘let’s modify the 14 Amendment on the grounds of the US being such a generous welfare state’. What utter bullshit.
And that, my friends, is truly uncivil. And uncivilized.
And I say fuck that noise.