Naturalization and Citizenship

The anchor baby debate continues.

Although we may be close to an immigration reform bill, after nearly a year of political deliberations, the anchor baby rhetoric still lives.

In the fall of 2011, when the American Heritage Dictionary decided to revise its definition of Anchor Babies to note the term is primarily used as a slur, it seemed the debate had neared the end.

Unfortunately, the issue never died. Its use merely subsided in public circles.

The issue recently arose again following Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan’s comments at a community forum about immigration reform.



Not all heroes receive applause.  Especially if they are immigrants living in the United States.

Last week President Obama spoke at a naturalization ceremony for armed service members.  Immigrants from 16 different countries had earned U. S. citizenship while serving in the military.  Their contributions were drowned out by the chorus of rage towards immigrants emanating from Arizona politics. (more…)

In the view of immigration restrictionists, a simple legal reform would reduce illegal immigration.

All that is required, writes George Will in the Washington Post, is to correct the misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment’s first sentence:

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.” (more…)