Today’s Immigration Headlines – Aug 21, 2015

Ponnuru: Trump Points the Way to Sense on Immigration

“Reactions to Donald Trump’s immigration plan have been predictably polarized, with people either thinking it will make America great again or considering it an invitation to a pogrom. Taken seriously and stripped of excesses, though, it points the way toward a sensible compromise on immigration policy,” says Ramesh Ponnuru.

Sen. Vitter – Stop Birthright Citizenship

“When people discuss our nation’s immigration policies, what becomes clear is that the system is broken, and tangible solutions are needed. Take birthright citizenship, for example. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of legal immigrants we admit each year, our country must also prepare for the economic, educational, health care and infrastructure responsibilities and consequences of illegal immigrants who cross the border and then have a child in the USA,” USA Today says.

“The status quo understanding of the 14th Amendment allows for a child born of illegal immigrants on U.S. soil — via birthright citizenship — to be granted full citizenship rights and access to all public and social services our society provides. That’s a lot of services.”

New York Times Slams Trump

“The New York Times editorial board slammed Donald Trump for challenging the Washington consensus on immigration Thursday, clearly fuming at the thought of a debate they believe is settled. ‘It has long been a hard job to keep the highly combustible immigration debate on the right side of sanity and reality,’ the board wrote. ‘That progress is now being undone before our eyes in the presidential campaign, courtesy of the faux-populist billionaire who says immigrants are the reason this country is weak and frightened and going to hell,’” the Daily Caller says.

Sheriff: ICE Has Tied Law Enforcement’s Hands

“While a series of recent tragic murders and assaults allegedly committed by illegal immigrants in so-called “sanctuary cities” has rightly focused the nation’s attention on communities that refuse to enforce federal immigration laws, a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy poses at least an equal threat to public safety: ICE has effectively tied the hands of local law enforcement agencies and is forcing the release of illegal immigrants who are known to have committed crimes in our communities,” say Johnathan Thompson and Sheriff A.J. Louderback in The Hill.

Trump: Gang Members Include Many Illegal Aliens

“Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says a lot of ‘gang members’ in American inner cities are illegal immigrants. ‘A lot of the gangs that you see — it doesn’t hopefully pertain to you guys so much — but when you look at Baltimore, when you look at Chicago and Ferguson and a lot of these areas, you know a lot of these gang members are illegal immigrants,’ Trump told Mobile, Ala., radio station FM Talk 106.5 on Thursday,” The Hill reported.

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  1. avatar Kirt Thialfad says:

    “overturned in the courts?” historically, some groups have been excluded. Recall, this was passed in 1868. 1868! 147 tears ago.

    You got to ve kidding. Historically, not every child was automatically grantwd citizenship.

  2. avatar Leland says:

    Here’s what section V of the 14th amendment states in its entirety: “The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article”. Meaning the entire 4 sections preceding, including the citizenship clause. .

    The Supreme Court in 1898, in the Wong Kim Ark case that supposedly established birthright citizenship [or the current definition thereof], included this in the final paragraph of the opinion: “As domiciled residents therein, the mother and father of said Wong Kim Ark, were engaged in the prosecution of business..”

    In other words, what we call legal residents now. They had a home in California, a business. Since THEIR reasoning weighed so heavily on those factors, you have to deny logic to think the court would grant citizenship to a child born of someone who just walked across the border without permission or was here temporarily.

  3. Why Do We Need to Apologize to Foreigners

    for enforcing our country’s immigration laws?

    • avatar Leland says:

      As noted above, the NY Times slams Trump for his views. Wonder if it could have anything to do with the fact that Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim owns 17% of their stock, making him their biggest single shareholder.