Friday, July 30, 2010
Fabulous Miss Lindsey Graham (R-SC) went all nativist on us after key provisions of Arizona’s SB 1070 were struck down by a Federal judge, and called for the repeal of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
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. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Miss Lindsey was clearly outraged by the judge’s decision to strike down parts of the Arizona immigration law and decided to join lawmakers who since last year, have kicked around a proposal to bar the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants from becoming U.S. citizens. Such a move would be a profound reinterpretation of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment.
After the Arizona ruling came down, Miss Lindsey said that “birthright citizenship” needs to be changed:
“I’m a practical girl guy, but when you go forward I don’t want 20 million more (illegal immigrants) 20 years from now. Let’s have a system that doesn’t reward people for cheating.”
Miss Lindsey said she he might introduce a constitutional amendment:
“We should change our Constitution and say if you come here illegally and you have a child, that child’s automatically not a citizen. They come here to drop a child, it’s called ‘drop and leave.’ That attracts people here for all the wrong reasons.”
The amendment process is a lengthy, drawn out process that requires a two-thirds vote in both chambers of Congress as well as ratification by three-fourths of the states. That’s a whopping 38 states.