Month: September 2015

Anchor babies: a humane, fair and practical solution

Firstly, I do not here argue the point of whether the 14th Amendment really does or does not confer citizenship on a baby born on American soil to non-citizens. Another day perhaps. Secondly, I appreciate the fact that America is populated by immigrants (as with my own ancestors, i.e. John Jones from Wales) and appreciate those who continue to come here for good reasons and do good work when they are here. I understand perfectly well why a couple would want to get here and have their baby here in order to confer citizenship. But it is unfair to those who immigrate legally, and to U.S. citizens, to stop there. What I propose is a way to confer citizenship on that baby in a more rational way and to encourage the parents to become citizens. Citizenship for all Make clear, changing the law if needed, that simply being born in the U.S. does not confer automatic citizenship. Allow the baby, and their parents, to remain in the U.S. provided that they otherwise qualify, register their presence and start their path to citizenship.1 When both parents have become naturalized citizens, then the child automatically becomes a citizen. A worthy result for anchor babies Now we have a family of citizens who have “played the game” fairly. While a good result, it nevertheless belies the fact that the parents came here...

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Trump for Cheerleader-in-Chief but please get out of the way for now

What is the lure of Donald Trump who has yet (as of mid-September) to suggest a real policy or solution for any specific problem? Trump is an egomaniacal blow-hard. He admits to it and revels in the bright lights that attitude has brought to shine on him, and to outshine all of the other candidates both GOP and on the other side of the aisle. So why does he rock and roll in the polls? Trump is rude, dismissive toward women even to the point of attempting to ridicule Carly Fiorina and then do a horrible job of trying to dismiss what he really meant. His attempt at an explanation was one that you would not accept from your small child standing in the kitchen near the cookie jar with chocolate all over the mouth. Here it was: Trump brushed the whole thing off in an interview with Fox News on Thursday morning, explaining that he was speaking in a “jocular manner.” He further claimed that he was referring to Fiorina’s “persona” rather than her appearance. “Probably I did say something like that about Carly,” Trump said. “I’m talking about persona. I’m not talking about look.” — Donald Trump Insults Carly Fiorina’s Face, Er, ‘Persona.’ Yeah, Her ‘Persona.’. (n.d.). Retrieved September 12, 2015, from Really? How does he continue to rise in the polls? Here’s why:  he is celebrating America. He...

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