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January 9, 2011
As a Sister of Mercy, I am dismayed to learn that a Pennsylvania legislator is leading a coalition of lawmakers from several states to deny citizenship to U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants ("Pa. legislator in 'birthright' fight," Thursday). Proposed bills would require the states to deny standard birth certificates to these children. This is a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution. The lawmakers' proposal comes out of a context of fear and distrust of "the other. " This is not an appropriate environment in which to have a civil discussion of the issue.
NEWS
January 6, 2011 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Adding heft to the tug-of-war over illegal immigration, a national group of state legislators led by Pennsylvania Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R., Butler) has proposed eliminating "birthright citizenship. " Within minutes of the news conference Wednesday, a coalition of civil rights groups meeting across town threw its weight behind the preservation of automatic citizenship for anyone born on U.S. soil. As interpreted by the federal government, the 14th Amendment, ratified in 1868, grants citizenship to the child regardless of the mother's nationality or immigration status.
NEWS
September 3, 2015 | BY JOEL MATHIS & BEN BOYCHUK, Tribune News Service
FOR GOOD or for ill, Republican presidential front-runner and reality-television star Donald Trump has made the subject of birthright citizenship a national issue. Granting citizenship to anyone born on American soil, regardless of their parents' legal status, has long been the norm under the 14th Amendment. But Trump and other Republican candidates argue that birthright citizenship has led to gross abuses, such as the rise of "birth tourism. " Is birthright citizenship an idea whose time has passed?
NEWS
August 25, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Donald Trump may be dragging the Republican Party by the trunk into a strategic cul de sac. As he continues to defy polling gravity to lead the race for the GOP presidential nomination, Trump has forced some of his rivals to match his harsh language and policy proposals on illegal immigration. Republican strategists worry that the talk risks alienating Latino voters, the fastest-growing bloc in the electorate, thus making it harder to win the White House in 2016. Last week, a parade of Republican candidates seconded Trump's call to end automatic citizenship for the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants, a position once considered to be on the political fringe.
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August 25, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Christie described rival Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's immigration policies as "too simplistic" during a taped interview that aired Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation . "In many ways, it's just too simplistic - the idea of building a wall, kicking everybody out, and ending birthright citizenship all sounds appealing in some respects to some folks," Christie said in the interview. Christie said he believes in a more "complicated, nuanced solution to that problem.
NEWS
December 9, 2005 | By Jim Puzzanghera INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
It's been a cornerstone of American law since shortly after the Civil War: Children born in the United States become citizens, even if their parents are here illegally. Now some conservatives are taking aim at that birthright. They call the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants "anchor babies," because at age 18 the children can apply to bring other family members here from abroad. A growing group of House Republicans hopes to add a provision to an immigration bill the House will consider next week that would deny citizenship to those children.
NEWS
August 15, 2010
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) should be ashamed. Pandering to a rising nativist fervor by suggesting repeal of birthright citizenship, he aims his faux indignation at the babies who can help his country regain its competitive edge. With sinking birthrates and longer life spans, much of the industrialized world grows grayer every day. But, as several economists have noted, the United States has an advantage: We're still having babies. Some of them are born to women without papers. Rather than change the law and kick them out, we should celebrate them.
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August 28, 2015 | BY CHRISTOPHER FLAVELLE, Bloomberg View
UNTIL THREE years ago, my wife and I were like a lot of immigrants: Drawn to the U.S. by jobs better than what we could find at home, we saw ourselves as outsiders - temporary resident aliens, as the government called us. Even living in Washington, I followed U.S. politics with detachment, the way you'd watch a football game between two schools in states you've never been to. When our friends back home in Canada asked if we planned to stay, we'd shrug...
NEWS
April 20, 2010
WHEN ARE the people in this town going to wake up? A political appointee comes to a supposedly broke city, puts in appearances for two years, and then manages to legally wind up with a pension after that short stint. As a 38-year city employee, my pension is less than hers. I guess she deserves it because she managed to get it in just two years, proving her superior financial acumen. And how is it that the mayor and others are pondering what they can do to keep jobs from leaving the city, but manage to appoint people from other cities to these quick-pension-payoff jobs?
NEWS
August 10, 2010
THE FIRST THING you should know about the call to revoke automatic citizenship to babies born here to illegal immigrants is that it's not going to happen. Not to mention that it's a terrible idea, a perfect example of "destroying a village to save it," except this time it's a nation's cohesion and stability that would be damaged, without being saved from the problems caused by illegal immigration. Several Republican senators are calling for hearings to consider changing longstanding U.S. policy that anyone born in the United States is a citizen.
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NEWS
September 3, 2015 | BY JOEL MATHIS & BEN BOYCHUK, Tribune News Service
FOR GOOD or for ill, Republican presidential front-runner and reality-television star Donald Trump has made the subject of birthright citizenship a national issue. Granting citizenship to anyone born on American soil, regardless of their parents' legal status, has long been the norm under the 14th Amendment. But Trump and other Republican candidates argue that birthright citizenship has led to gross abuses, such as the rise of "birth tourism. " Is birthright citizenship an idea whose time has passed?
NEWS
September 3, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Foreshadowing a theme that Pope Francis is expected to trumpet on his forthcoming visit here, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput waded into the nation's fierce debate on immigration Tuesday. He outlined the social costs of a "flawed immigration system. " He reprised a Christian's obligation "to protect migrant families. " The address he titled "Sanity, Indifference, and the American Immigration Debate" took a poke at Republican White House candidate Donald Trump. "At least one of our presidential candidates has already made the national immigration debate ugly with a great deal of belligerent bombast," he told participants at a three-hour panel discussion that drew about 130 people to the archdiocesan pastoral center in Center City.
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August 28, 2015 | BY CHRISTOPHER FLAVELLE, Bloomberg View
UNTIL THREE years ago, my wife and I were like a lot of immigrants: Drawn to the U.S. by jobs better than what we could find at home, we saw ourselves as outsiders - temporary resident aliens, as the government called us. Even living in Washington, I followed U.S. politics with detachment, the way you'd watch a football game between two schools in states you've never been to. When our friends back home in Canada asked if we planned to stay, we'd shrug...
NEWS
August 25, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Donald Trump may be dragging the Republican Party by the trunk into a strategic cul de sac. As he continues to defy polling gravity to lead the race for the GOP presidential nomination, Trump has forced some of his rivals to match his harsh language and policy proposals on illegal immigration. Republican strategists worry that the talk risks alienating Latino voters, the fastest-growing bloc in the electorate, thus making it harder to win the White House in 2016. Last week, a parade of Republican candidates seconded Trump's call to end automatic citizenship for the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants, a position once considered to be on the political fringe.
NEWS
August 25, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Christie described rival Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's immigration policies as "too simplistic" during a taped interview that aired Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation . "In many ways, it's just too simplistic - the idea of building a wall, kicking everybody out, and ending birthright citizenship all sounds appealing in some respects to some folks," Christie said in the interview. Christie said he believes in a more "complicated, nuanced solution to that problem.
NEWS
January 25, 2013
PRESIDENT OBAMA was savvy enough to give shout-outs to all of his supporters in his inaugural address this week. The women got their "Woo-hoo!" African Americans got their "Uh-huh!" Gays got their "I hear ya!" And Latinos, who as we all know are the only immigrants the Democrats really pay attention to, got their "Sí, se puede!" I don't really care too much about the ladies or the racial and sexual minorities. It's fairly clear that liberals have a stranglehold on those votes, and the whole "Seneca-Selma-Stonewall" rhetoric underlined just how beholden this president is to his in-house cheerleaders from the multicultural grievance committees.
NEWS
December 30, 2011
RECENTLY, Richard Aregood wrote in this paper that I believed in intelligent design. With all due respect to the Pulitzer Prize winner, I need to edit that comment. While I have sympathies for those who want to express an alternative view to the theory of evolution (First Amendment and all,) I find nothing to convince me that an intelligent designer exists. A few examples: * Eric Holder: Our esteemed attorney general has decided that it's bad to force voters to provide identification when they show up at polling places (Fraud?
NEWS
March 18, 2011
LIKE MOST lawyers, I'm a big fan of the Constitution. It's an amazing love letter from the Founding Fathers to posterity, a blueprint for the type of world that used to exist only in the minds of philosophers like More and poets like Milton. That's why I get very nervous when people start playing games with it. Oh, they don't actually come out and say they're pulling a fast one. Usually, they throw around terms like "interpreting the Founders' intent" or - my particular favorite - "letting the living document breathe.
NEWS
March 4, 2011 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Twelve years ago, Lizbeth Ramos and her common-law husband, Juan, left their hometown near Puebla, Mexico, and set out on foot across the desert for the Arizona border, to slip into new lives as illegal immigrants. He found work in a produce market in the Philadelphia area, she in a boutique. They saved up to start a family. Now 30, she lies on an examination table in Pennsylvania Hospital, at a weekly obstetrics clinic for immigrant women, no status questions asked. As a doctor slides an ultrasound wand over her bulging belly, her eyes are transfixed by the monitor.
NEWS
January 9, 2011
As a Sister of Mercy, I am dismayed to learn that a Pennsylvania legislator is leading a coalition of lawmakers from several states to deny citizenship to U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants ("Pa. legislator in 'birthright' fight," Thursday). Proposed bills would require the states to deny standard birth certificates to these children. This is a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution. The lawmakers' proposal comes out of a context of fear and distrust of "the other. " This is not an appropriate environment in which to have a civil discussion of the issue.
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