November 4, 2005

Is The Tide Finally Turning?

GOP mulls ending birthright citizenship

House Republicans are looking closely at ending birthright citizenship and building a barrier along the entire U.S.-Mexico border as they search for solutions to illegal immigration. A task force of party leaders and members active on immigration has met since the summer to try to figure out where consensus exists, and several participants said those two ideas have floated to the top of the list of possibilities to be included either in an immigration-enforcement bill later this year or in a later comprehensive immigration overhaul.
Posted by Ithildin at November 4, 2005 4:06 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

Let's have a cheer!

Hip Hip Hooray!!!

Now let's see if they can turn words into deeds.

Posted by: Daniel Upton at November 4, 2005 4:30 PM

The supposed "recent scholarship" mentioned in the article notwithstanding, I still fail to see how ending birthright citizenship would not require a constitutional amendment. The 14th Amendment provides that anyone born in the US "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof" is a citizen. The only people who aren't subject to the jurisdiction of the US when born here are the children of foreign diplomats.

Posted by: Dave J at November 5, 2005 10:13 PM

If you're not here legally, isn't there a sense in which you are not under US jurisdiction? Is the burglar under my jurisdiction while he's in my housee--or more comparably maybe, is the neighbor child playing at my house under my jurisdiction in any meaningful way other than he can't break my rules or he has to leave?

Seems to me things like welfare for illegals really an attempt to bring persons under US jurisdiction without them having to come under formally via citizenship.

Posted by: Eclectra at November 6, 2005 5:22 AM