Posted by on August 04, 2010 in Blog

It's easy to try to dismiss this radical movement, and hope that these state law makers are operating in the fringe will never get the support needed to pass these kinds of laws.  Then you hear that a senior Senator, or two, are exploring the possibility.  In an interview about the state of immigration reform in Arizona with CBS News Face the Nation, when asked what his thoughts were about the idea of denying children citizenship based on the immigration status of their parents, Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) said that both he and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) were open to the idea.  He said, "If both parents are here illegally, should there be a reward for their illegal behavior?  And what I suggested to my colleague Lindsey Graham from South Carolina, suggested that we pursue that.  And what I suggested (is that) we should hold some hearings to hear first from Constitutional experts to at least tell us what the state of the law and that proposition is."  Meanwhile, in the House, Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA) has sponsored a measure which would deny birthright citizenship to children born to undocumented immigrants. His proposal changes the law by statute, rather than amending the constitutional amendment.

These laws, and the general anti-immigrant sentiments in Arizona and beyond, are very dangerous for all ethnic communities, including our own.  As immigrants and descendants of immigrants (some more recent than others), we have a responsibility to stand up and declare our strong opposition to both SB 1070 and any future effort to deny any community their basic civil rights protected by the U.S. Constitution - regardless of national origin, religion or skin tone.

Maybe we should remind these men of the Oath of Office they took before undertaking their duties as elected officials:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

Did you catch that, Senators Kyl and Graham?  How do we make it more clear, Rep. Miller?  Please support and defend the Constitution, not strip and tweak it when politically convenient.


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