Oh goodness, immigration!
I specifically want to address the issue of immigration reform and anchor babies.
Anchor babies are constitutional. Period. You cannot deny the constitutional language of section 1 of the 14th amendment:
Section 1. 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. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
The boldface specifically addresses anchor babies. There is no loophole; there is nothing in the Constitution that says a state or the federal government can deny citizenship to anyone “born or naturalized” in the United States.
So even though I support Arizona and their struggle with immigration, I specifically do not support their attack on anchor babies. The Constitution is what we must adhere to at all times; there are other ways to deal with the immigration problem. Furthermore, I specifically believe that poor, destitute women who cross the border 9 months pregnant to have their baby in an environment safe for their children are hardly the immigrants who we should be attacking. I’ve known these women and their children. I went to school with their children. No one should be subject to what the mothers and their children have gone through. As a Christian, I believe in charity; what better charity is there than freely sharing your wonderful country with people who deserve a chance to build their life? That’s not to say that I believe in open borders. But I do think that we should make the immigration process more sensible for people who actually want to come over benevolently. This is not amnesty, its common sense.
Securing our borders is paramount. The drug and gun runners will not come through the legal borders- they know they have more luck through the chaparrals then through the bridges. They will not request legal status because they want no record of their coming and goings. They want to be invisible as they cross- it's common sense. Now, terrorists are a different story; however, I trust in our Customs and Border Patrol agents to correctly identify those who will bring harm to our country. We will not open our borders to drug runners, gun smugglers, and human traffickers, but we will provide an opportunity for bright-eyed immigrants who are only trying to create opportunities for themselves. We are still a law-abiding land of opportunity!
We need sensible immigration reform to deal with law abiding citizens who want a better life, but we need strict border enforcement to crack down on those who mean harm. Those who actually want to be here will come. These people have only known poverty; 10% of the Mexican population controls 90% of the wealth meaning that 90% of the population controls only 10% of the wealth. In comparison with the United States, that would mean that approximately 31 million people, 10% of the American population, make an average of $415,000 a year while about 280 million people, 90% of the American population, make an average of $5110 a year.
And anchor babies are constitutional.