Monday, January 08, 2007

Good intentions, but a bad deal...

That's my thought on the immigration compromise some Christian conservatives are pushing.

For me, the deal-killer is the elimination of birthright citizenship. This is a crucial difference that sets us apart from the rest of the world. Eliminating this in favor of some neo-blood and soil approach like Buchanan's would lead to bigger problems (see the situation in Paris) than it would solve.

We've always held that anyone could become an American. Turning our backs on that is not only stupid, it is wrong. Doubly so since no child can pick their parents.

Conservatives deserve credit for at least being willing to discuss a compromise, but this is the wrong one.


SallyVee said...

Here's another automatic and immediate list of deal-killers:

Among others who have joined the coalition are longtime conservative direct-mail guru Richard A. Viguerie, the Rev. Donald Wildmon of American Family Association, the Rev. Louis Sheldon of Traditional Values Coalition and Rabbi Aryeh Spero of Caucus for America.

Gilbert_Sundevil said...

Isn't the proposal a red herring anyway?

I'm no constitutional scholar, but I think the Constitution would have to be amended (or the Supreme Court would have to rule differently than they have in the past) to change the birth-right citizenship. Neither of those is going to happen. Now mind you, I think if you put the vote to the people, the amendment change may have a chance at ratification. But it would never get that far because I don't think you could get 2/3 of the congress to agree on anything relating to immigration.

Maybe somebody could enlighten me on how this Christian group thinks they are going to change the Constitution and/or the Supreme Court's reverence for 'Stare Decisis'.

SJ Reidhead said...

What compromise? It looks like a reverse compromise. Besides if you take on the 14th - you need a 2/3rds majority of states - so it isn't going to happen.

I just love the way these guys are so "Christian". Gives a whole new meaning to love thy neighbor!