No One is Illegal

It seems like a crazy thing to me that so many Americans have the idea that the descendants of the first inhabitants of this continent are illegal when they show up here now. We seized a lot of this continent by force. We imposed a private european land ownership scheme that invalidated an indigenous land ownership scheme that largely saw land, air, water as a commons.

It’s a strange world. We now have a Supreme Court that would probably be willing to overturn precedent to reinstate Plessy v. Ferguson, if not Dred Scott and we have “moderate” Senator Lindsay Graham calling the 14th amendment a mistake. You have to give the Confederate States of America credit for their persistence even if you have to throw out logic, justice and compassion to join with them.  It would be simply sad to watch if the Obama press guy had not let it slip recently that these folks are in good shape for the mid-term election.

Here’s a link to the NYT article.

clipped from www.nytimes.com
Citizenship From Birth Is Challenged on the Right

At a breakfast on Thursday in Washington, Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, tried to tamp down a controversy that started when Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, questioned the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which grants the right to citizenship to anyone born in the United States.

“I am not aware of anybody who has come out in favor of altering the 14th Amendment,” Mr. McConnell said.

But Mr. Graham, speaking on Fox News last week, said it was “a mistake” to allow American-born children of illegal immigrants to become citizens automatically, a practice known as birthright citizenship. He said that along with a plan to grant legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, he would also amend the 14th Amendment as a way of discouraging future unauthorized immigration.

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