Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Huck On Immigration

According to a story in the Waashington Times today, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is ready to fight the 'anchor baby' provision that allows illegal immigrants access to US benefits. The Times reports,
Mike Huckabee wants to amend the Constitution to prevent children born in the U.S. to illegal aliens from automatically becoming American citizens, according to his top immigration surrogate — a radical step no other major presidential candidate has embraced.

Mr. Huckabee, who won last week's Republican Iowa caucuses, promised Minuteman Project founder James Gilchrist that he would force a test case to the Supreme Court to challenge birthright citizenship, and would push Congress to pass a 28th Amendment to the Constitution to remove any doubt.

Although I remain lukewarm at best on Huckabee as a candidate, due mainly to his positions on foreign policy, I am hugely in favor of this idea. The idea that American citizenship is a privilege, not a right, is long-overdue, as is meaningful reform of the 'anchor baby' loophole. If someone is here illegally, then their children should have absolutely no rights to American citizenship. The same is true for diplomats and other foreign appointees.

I predict that this will be roundly criticized by the open borders lobby and their many enablers in the Press, but this is one act of Huckabee's that I can find nothing but approval for. It is time for the United States to gain control over our citizenship and take the matter out of the hands of activist judges with a political agenda. I do not believe the Founders would have approved of the way that the judiciary has expanded rights for non-Americans at the expense of citizens, and the sooner that this is enacted, the better off the nation as a whole will be.

In the end, United States citizenship is a privilege that must be earned. Only by earning it will foreign nationals appreciate the benefits that this brings and only by ending the anchor baby scam will the United States be able to gain control over who is and who is not made a citizen.

Of course, this is merely a first step. I would also like to see the Immigration Service cleaned up, so that LEGAL immigrants do not have to face the confusing, humiliating and capricious process that they must currently navigate. US immigration should exist to assist legal immigrants who have followed the rules, just as it should offer no help to those who are here illegally. Let's clean up the process to aid those who will be a credit to their adopted country- not the criminals and low-lifes who are here only to take advantage of American generosity.

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