CA Initiative targets U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants

Many people are calling for comprehensive national immigration reform, the states appear to be fed up and are taking matters into their own hands. In California, majority rules, and given the current make up of this state and political climate, I have no doubt that this amendment will pass; whether it will hold up in federal court remains another matter.

A CA statewide initiative is now being circulated would create two kinds of birth certificates: one for the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants and one for everyone else.

Currently, children born in the U.S. are considered citizens under the Constitution’s 14th Amendment, ratified in 1868. However, those who oppose birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants say the amendment does not apply.

Section 1 of the amendment, drafted with freed slaves in mind, says: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.”

Some people feel that treating children differently on the basis of their parents’ immigration status is a violation of the equal-protection clause of the U.S. Constitution by creating different kinds of classes of people, and therfore different kinds of citizenships in this country.

The initiative, which was drafted by anti-illegal immigration activists, was endorsed by several former officials, including former state Sen. Bill Morrow, R-Oceanside, and former U.S. Attorney Peter Nunez.

By taking aim at the children of illegal immigrants, the initiative raises the specter of the controversial Proposition 187, a 1994 measure that would have denied a public education to illegal immigrant children. It was approved by the state’s voters, but declared largely unconstitutional in federal court.

This measure would deny publicly funded health benefits to the children of illegal immigrants, by ending illegal aliens use of all public funded benefits including pre-natal and non-emergency medical care. In addition it terminates all child welfare for illegal aliens.

There is a huge meed for national comprehensive immigration reform.

Is this statewide measure the right thing to do?


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CA Initiative targets U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants — 4 Comments

  1. Mexicans should be rounded up and set on fire in the middle of the mexican desert. Then, the US should nuke mexico and leave a big crater in the middle of it which could then be filled with water and could be used by americans to go fishing.

  2. The age-old pesky U.S.-Mexico border problem has taxed the resources of both countries, led to long lists of injustices, and appears to be heading only for worse troubles in the future. Guess what? The border problem can never be solved. Why? Because the border IS the problem! It’s time for a paradigm change.

    Never fear, a satisfying, comprehensive solution is within reach: the Megamerge Dissolution Solution. Simply dissolve the border along with the failed Mexican government, and megamerge the two countries under U.S. law, with mass free 2-way migration eventually equalizing the development and opportunities permanently, with justice and without racism, and without threatening U.S. sovereignty or basic principles.

    To read the details, Google “Megamerge Dissolution Solution”, or click url.

    So you want to reduce the USA to the level of mexico.

  3. Haha, that’s a great idea, Robert. And Jess, you probably need to go back to kindergarten to reformulate your thoughts since you don’t seem to be mentally capable of differentiating “you are” and “your”.

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