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Birthright Citizenship Reform? GOP House Leader signs up
So, it has happened again - a senior Republican leader endorsing considering the end of Birthright Citizenship in the MSM: Boehner: End to Birthright Citizenship 'Worth Considering' foxnews.com August 08 2010
House Minority Leader John Boehner on Sunday said he's open to talks on changing the U.S. Constitution -- or at least the way it's interpreted -- so that U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants are not automatically U.S. citizens. "I think it's worth considering," Boehner said...on NBC's "Meet the Press."
This, I am not unhappy to say, makes The Washington Post's headline today look foolish: GOP push to revise 14th Amendment not gaining steam By Snaghya Somahekhar Sunday, August 8, 2010
As I observed last week
The anchor baby loophole - practically unique now in the industrial world - is the jugular of the Treason Lobby's effort to transform America. Cut it, and the shift in the balance of political power caused by immigration would be immensely slowed. Switzerland has a similar proportion of aliens as America - but they have no political power because the Swiss do not promiscuously grant citizenship.
For this reason, efforts to end Birthright Citizenship will trigger at least as much fury amongst Open Borders enthusiasts as Arizona's attempt to get Federal immigration law enforced.
There certainly has been a volcano of hysterical rage, aimed at repressing discussion. Characteristic of this was Denying birthright citizenship won't solve immigration problem by Jim Boren Fresno Bee Opinion Talk August 7, 2010 which tries to ban the vocabulary normally used:
And let's stop using the offensive term "anchor babies," a label that suggests that these babies who are citizens will somehow make their parents legal...The children could not apply to sponsor their parents for legal residency until they are 21 years old
(Remember the Illegal Immigrant/Undocumented Alien trick? Boren's comment is quite dishonest: US citizen babies give their families extensive social benefits which are fungible and very definitely makes deportation more difficult - as even the Post story concedes.)
Loud claims that an initiative is doomed is of course Tool #2 in the MSM repression kit.
Sadly, the Fat Cats in the Immigration "Reform" Establishment are as usual disgracing themselves. Google News Alert has supplied no comment at all by FAIR and the Center for Immigration Studies, incredibly, is arguing against. The Post reports
We don't think that it is worth the political capital to initiate a debate on this issue," said Jon Feere, legal policy analyst for the Center for Immigration Studies..If illegal immigration is ended, the problem of birthright citizenship for children of illegal aliens disappears."
(VDARE.com comment: Quite an "If"!) Of course, given the provenance of these proposals, Patriots would be wise to be suspicious, as our friend The Federale Blog has suggested (Boob Bait for Bubbas, July 29 - see also here. As Jim Antle noted in Lindsey Graham's Birthright Citizenship Suck-Up The American Spectator 8.6.10
Anytime Republican politicians want to pretend to be doing something on an issue that is of importance to conservatives but irrelevant to the GOP establishment, they push no-chance constitutional amendments. How are the amendments on abortion, gay marriage, flag burning, balanced budgets, parents rights, victims rights, forced busing, and all the rest of it coming?
But a good General has to be alert to opportunities. If the feedback from the Base is so ferocious that the GOP leadership is willing to at least pretend to fight on this front, why not encourage them? It publicizes a previously esoteric outrage which is extremely flammable, once reasonable people understand what has been going on. Who knows how far it could carry?
The Open Borders crowd thinks it is their Birthright that uncontrolled non-traditional immigration should transform and destroy America. As Americans in general realize this, their treason becomes more difficult to perpetrate.