In 1994, a Yuma, Arizona television crew documented information obtained from Border Patrol sources which alerted the station to an increasing number of pregnant Mexican women crossing through the U.S. Port of Entry in San Luis, Arizona only to call for an ambulance to take them the Yuma Regional Medical Center 25 miles away where they would deliver their child. At that moment, the child became a citizen of the United States and the mother, eligible for Yuma County and U.S. welfare services.
There is a growing number of people in this country who argue this is just “flat out wrong,” as they might say in my native Louisiana.
Add my voice to the chorus. It’s difficult for this country boy to imagine a more self-defeating system of laws than what we have. On the one hand our laws make unauthorized entry into this country a criminal offense while the 142-year-old 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides what is arguably the greatest of all inducements to illegal entry.
The 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868 as a means of guaranteeing citizenship for freed slaves. It says, “all persons, born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.” So, when did non-citizens and illegal immigrants become “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States? The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) points out that not even the children of foreign diplomats born here are not U.S. citizens.
A proposal to deny automatic citizenship to children of illegal aliens is before Congress but –surprise- has not been called up for a vote. So, again, Arizona takes the point on this like it did with SB 1070.
Mesa state senator Russell Pearce and his backers are drawing up state legislation that would halt the issuance of birth certificates to any children born here to non-citizen parents. Judging from the in-state and national polls showing a one-sided majority of citizens in support of his SB 1070, his latest proposal is likely to have widespread support here as well as throughout the country.
Arizona Senator Russell Pearce
A veteran of 30 years of law enforcement experience (he is former Chief Deputy of the Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff’s Department as well as Director of the AZ Motor Vehicle Division), Pearce’s tough stance could very well be rooted in his own personal history. As a cop he was shot in the chest and hand by a gang member. More recently, his son, also a sheriff’s deputy, was severely wounded by a criminal who happened to be an illegal alien.
Pearce is a devout Mormon who says he believes in the rule of law. As he, himself, put it in a recent National Public Radio interview, “I will not back off until we solve the problem of this illegal invasion. Invaders, that’s what they are. Invaders of the American sovereignty and it can’t be tolerated.”
As NPR noted, he spoke from his office decorated with awards, keepsakes and photos of Ronald Reagan and John Wayne whom he knew and whose ranch in northern Arizona he often visited.
If you use any national poll’s results as a guage, Mr. Pearce has a lot of support across the country not only for his SB 1070 law which becomes effective on July 29th but also for his position with respect to “anchor babies.”
The latest sampling of national public opinion was published by Rasmussen Reports today, June 3rd, which found 58% of U.S. voters saying a child born to an illegal alien in this country should not automatically become a citizen. The same poll reveals –not surprisingly- that most Americans do not believe Mexico wants to stop the illegal flow of its citizens into the United States and further, that Mexico should be asked to compensate U.S. taxpayers for costs incurred by illegal immigration.
Rasmussen says among voters angry about immigration, 83% are mad at the federal government. They continue to say, according to today’s polling results, that gaining control of the border is more important than legalizing the stus of illegal aliens already here. In fact, reports Rasmussen, 67% now say military troops should be sent to the Mexican border to prevent illegal immigration.
As for Arizona’s tough new immigration enforcement law, 58% of voters nationwide favor passage of a law like Arizona’s in their own state. Somebody might want to tell that to people like California Democrat Congresswoman Linda Sanchez. Speaking to a Democrat Club this week, Sanchez declared that white supremacist groups are influencing lawmakers to adopt laws like that in Arizona which she claims will lead to discrimination through racial profiling. You have to wonder if Sanchez, like so many of her California constituents hollering for a boycott of Arizona are aware that California has a similar law on its books (California Penal Code 834b). So where did Ms. Sanchez gain her information to make such an outrageous accusation? A leftist blog which has labeled FAIR –mentioned above- as a “hate group.”