This brings us to John McCain, RINO, who has suddenly jumped on the bandwagon of a Constitutional Amendment to revoke birthright citizenship for the children of illegal aliens, the infamous anchor babies. And we know what McCain will do once re-elected. He turn 180 degrees on this issue. He will take any stand to get re-elected and give the shaft to those dumb enough to enjoy this boob bait for bubbas.
Now, I think, like Commentary and Peter Wehner, that this is not the battle to fight. Such an Amendment is unlikely to get two thirds of the Senate or the States for a convention, much less three fourths for ratification. There are much easier ways to deal with the anchor baby. First, don't let his mother in. Second, deport his parents before birth. Third, don't attract his parents with free stuff; maternal care, welfare, health care, education, etc. Fourth, don't allow his parents to work here illegally. Fifth, and most importantly, repeal the laws where American citizens can sponsor parents and siblings for immigration, chain migration. That is the true goal of producing an anchor baby. Twenty-one years later they can sponsor their parents and siblings for entry. These are things that can be done without a Constitutional Amendment. Most are already in the law. The only change needed would be the end to legal chain migration which does not need a Constitutional Amendment, but a mere Act of Congress.
Beyond that, though, McCain’s stand strikes me as political posturing —
something that has no chance of passage and which may end up being distracting
from the real problems we face and that we can far more easily address,
including the reduction of the large number of illegal immigrants crossing our
There is an argument according to which, if we were starting from scratch,
children of illegal immigrants should not be granted automatic citizenship;
after all, this was clearly not the use of the 14th amendment intended by its
However, unlike Wehner, I don't buy into the emotion based nonsense created by the left about criminalizing babies.
But we’re not beginning from scratch — and revoking birthright citizenship
now would, as Michael Gerson has written, “turn hundreds of thousands of infants into ‘criminals’ — arriving, not across a border, but crying in a hospital.”
It is sad that any alleged conservative is following the childish scribbling of propagandists like Gerson, a strange man obsessed with Bristol Palin. What mature adult man who is touted as a political writer would say anything about a pregnant 17 year old girl. Clearly it was only to attack Republicans and so was his comments on illegals. There is no maturity in claiming that a new interpretation of the 14th Amendment will criminalize babies. That is the nonsense of unreflected though and propaganda worthy of the CPUSA, which by the way, supports anchor babies. It is disappointing that Wehner is incapable of standing up to this childish nonsense and dealing maturely with the issue. We expect such immaturity from the left, but is Wehner aspiring to be part of the ruling class? Methinks so. As is typical of the beltway cons, they get it correct, but then preemptively surrender. It is like using the left's vocabulary: gay instead of homosexual; pro-choice instead of pro-abortion; gender instead of sex. Preemptive surrender never wins.