Hell, why stop there? Fuck it, just go ahead and pass a whole new amendment that grants white men the right to get their dick sucked by any random minority of their choosing -- especially the ones from Mexico -- on the third Sunday of every month. I mean isn't that a good way to advance the cause that is Americanism?
On Sunday, Sen. John Kyl (R-Ariz.) became the highest-ranking Republican to call for the repeal of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Appearing on CBS' Face the Nation, Kyl said that he opposes allowing children of undocumented immigrants to be granted U.S. citizenship and wants Congress to hold hearings on the matter.Yep, that's how you fix the problem that is the broken immigration system of the United States. I mean why even attempt to reform it when all you have to do is to repeal the 14th amendment? Clearly, the only reason "illegal immigrants" are flocking to the United States is for the opportunity to lay in a state of the art maternity delivery room unlike anything south of the border, right? Oh well, it's cheaper than building a fence, I suppose.
In doing so, the Senate's no. 2 Republican didn't place himself on the extreme wing of his party's stance on immigration policy. Rather, he joined what is a growing movement that could very well shape the official policy planks of the GOP.
There are already a number of Republican officials who have preceded Kyl in calling for a reworking of the country's citizenship laws. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has proposed the piece of legislation that would repeal the 14th Amendment; he is joined on the House side by Rep. Jack Kimble (R-Calif.).
An aide to Graham said that there had been no formal dates set for hearings or the bill's introduction. "Senator Graham threw this out there on Fox News and it is something that he has been talking about in South Carolina as well," the aide said. But there was growing talk and legislative activity around the concept.
In the House, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) has introduced the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009, which would attempt to deny children of illegal immigrants U.S. citizenship through statute rather than a constitutional amendment (thereby lowering the vote threshold). He has 93 co-sponsors for that effort including Rep. Nathan Deal, the Georgia Republican who is in a runoff to be the party's candidate for governor.
Senate candidate Rand Paul (R-Ky.) caused a stir shortly after winning his primary by saying he supported stripping citizenship from children of the undocumented. Former congressman and potential Colorado gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo -- one of the staunchest anti-illegal immigration voices in national politics -- has made repeal of the 14th Amendment a major cause.
There are many obscure Republican candidates who have made the same proposal, including Kevin Craig in Missouri and Gary McLeod (an obscure Christian conservative who is challenging -- without much hope -- Majority Whip James Clyburn). (source)
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ADDENDUM (08/03/10): To understand how a repeal of the 14th amendment would affect us all, listen to the following audio of a teleconference from the good folks of the non-partisan Immigration Policy Center. Then listen to the second audio to understand just how immigration reform will be beneficial economically as endorsed by both sides of the political divide. There is enough empirical evidence and peer reviewed research that supports immigration reform; but, sadly this information gets lost in the debate as Republicans resort to the politics of fear, bigotry, and xenophobia.
Made in America: Myths & Facts about Birthright Citizenship:
Raising the Floor for American Workers: