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Friday, November 04, 2005 

No More Birthright Citizenship, And a Border Barrier? GOP Ideas On Immigration

(Washington Times) House Republicans are looking closely at ending birthright citizenship and building a barrier along the entire U.S.-Mexico border as they search for solutions to illegal immigration.

"There is a general agreement about the fact that citizenship in this country should not be bestowed on people who are the children of folks who come into this country illegally," said Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, who is participating in the "unity dinners," the group of Republicans trying to find consensus on immigration. […] Birthright citizenship, or what critics call "anchor babies," means that any child born on U.S. soil is granted citizenship, with exceptions for foreign diplomats. That attracts illegal aliens, who have children in the United States; those children later can sponsor their parents for legal immigration.

There has been bi-partisan complaint about needed immigration control. This is the first set of ideas to come out (not surprisingly, from the GOP), but it should be interesting to see where the first, and loudest criticism comes from.

In my estimation, as “insensitive” as measures like these may seem, they are part of the only viable solution to the current immigration crisis.

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