Sen. John Kyl, R-Ariz., said today that Congress should hold hearings to look into denying citizenship to illegal aliens' children born in the United States, as the fight over immigration widens into the explosive "birthright" issue.
Kyl told CBS' "Face the Nation" that he supports a call by fellow Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to introduce a new amendment to repeal the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.
Of course, the reporter makes a serious error here. The Anchor Baby loophole was created not by the 14th Amendment but by a peculiar Supreme Court reading of it over a generation later, as our Weigh Anchor! essay lucidly demonstrated back in 2001. The results have been ridiculous. Kyl apparently knows the facts:
"The 14th Amendment [has been] interpreted to provide that if you are born in the United States, you are a citizen no matter what," Kyl said. "So the question is, if both parents are here illegally, should there be a reward for their illegal behavior?"
Kyl said Congress should hold hearings and invite constitutional experts to look at the state of the 14th Amendment.
What is going in here? Kyl has a poor record on Immigration â€“ his NumbersUSA score has actually dropped from a career B to a recent C- . And he has no history of interest in the issue (although he deserves credit for this).
Whatever it is, Patriots should grab it. The anchor baby loophole â€“ practically unique now in the industrial world â€“ is the jugular of the Treason Lobbyâ€™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 â€“ 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 Arizonaâ€™s attempt to get Federal immigration law enforced. Even before Kylâ€™s remarks, The Wall Street Journal had activated their key Treason Lobby operative Miriam Jordan. Her Friday article, tendentiously titled U.S. Immigration Fight Widens to Native Born has the virtue of revealing that Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, leader of the SB1070 initiative, really knows the issue
Mr. Pearce, like some other proponents of the change, argued that the amendment as written doesn't apply to illegal immigrants. Because illegal immigrants aren't "subject to the jurisdiction" of the U.S., as the amendment requires, they fall outside its protection, these people argue. A group of House lawmakers made a similar argument when they tried to pass legislation changing the birthright principle in 2005. "When it was ratified in 1868, the amendment had to do with African-Americans; it had nothing to do with aliens," Mr. Pearce said. "It's got to be fixed."