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ARIZONA ANTIS PUSHING BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP MEASURE

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Arizona's reputation for right wing lunacy certainly will be enhanced by this effort.


Or maybe there's some pretty rational thinking behind SB1070 and eliminating rights for American born citizens of Hispanic descent. 30% of Arizonans are Hispanic. 42% of all students from kindergarten through twelth grade are Hispanic and the percentage goes even higher for the younger grades.


Even if the efforts don't stand up to constitutional muster, maybe the real goal is not to get rid of illegal present immigrants, but, rather, all Hispanics, whether they are legal immigrants, born in the US or illegally present. Hispanics vote overwhelmingly Democratic and it is easy to understand why some in the other party may be petrified that a traditional red state is going to go permanently blue.


It's a stupid strategy for Republicans because Hispanics are going to stay and the percentage voting Democratic - as well as the percentage now motivated to vote - will be even greater. They may not have the votes today, but in just a few years that won't be the case.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    Looks like there are plenty of lunatic fringe in other states as well. They dont have to pass CIR at the federal level...the GOP will do its damage...Hispanics wont sit out the next elections...and unless the economy totally tanks Obama will win in 2012 CIR or no CIR!
  2. Frank W.'s Avatar
    What's all the uproar?

    In times of crisis there will always be a scapegoat for all the problems of this nation (in this case undocumented immigrants). Besides that, the American populace is so ignorant and easy to manipulate with non-sense as the one proposed by those members of Congress - a clever way to keep them distracted from issues that really matters: the impending collapse of the American economy and the upcoming wars against North Korea and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

    Remember that members of Congress only represent the interests of the people who financed their campaigns (i.e. financial institutions).

    SCENARIO A: COLLAPSE OF THE US DOLLAR
    Illegal immigration as a "controversial" issue will disappear as soon as the national economy collapses, more specifically the demise of the US Dollar as the world's reserve currency and the emergence of a new monetary system.

    This scenario will facilitate the social-judicial-economic integration of the North American states (Canada, US and Mexico); therefore, undocumented Mexicans and/or Canadians living in the United States -approximately 25 million individuals- won't have the necessity of adjusting their legal status since they will be able to work in the US with their current national documents.

    Consequently, the remaining undocumented aliens from countries outside this de facto union (about 5 million) will become the target of any sort of legislation dealing with immigration reform (easy to pass without too much drama).

    SCENARIO B: THE IMPENDING WARS AGAINST IRAN AND NORTH KOREA
    Due to National Security concerns, President Obama will simply issue an executive order giving some sort of legal status and/or protection to millions of undocumented immigrants based on certain requirements and/or prerequisites (most likely a work permit that can be renewed indefinitely including a mandatory service in the Armed Forces).

    This event will take place PRETTY SOON since Barack Obama can now assert that Congress is incapable of passing some sort of legislation dealing with a comprehensive immigration reform and NATIONAL SECURITY demands concrete results.

    For those who believe this scenario is unlikely to occur, educate yourselves about Title 50 of the United States Code (War and National Defense).
  3. Another Voice's Avatar
    If the strategy worked for SB 1070 I guess they'll give this a try!!!
  4. JoeF's Avatar
    This is pretty much straight from the Pete Wilson book.
    In CA in 1994, Pete Wilson ran a pretty nasty anti-immigrant re-election campaign, which even I, as a new arrival in CA with an H1, found disgusting.
    And then there was Prop. 187: http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/California_Proposition_187_%281994%29
    All that resulted in Hispanic US citizens to register to vote in large numbers. The result was that Loretta Sanchez won her House seat against Republican old-timer "B1" Bob Dornan (interestingly, her hardest fight since then has been this year, against a Vietnamese immigrant), and the election of Dems (and a moderate Republican, Arnie) as governors.
    Oh, and btw, Pete Wilson re-surfaced this year as adviser for Meg Whitman. We know how that ended...
  5. George Chell's Avatar
    Even if the SC says it is constitutional the it will be determined that while the state can deny state residency to illegal babies, they cannot deny citizenship...that legislation would be left upto the federal government where at least for the next two years it has no chance of passing, and I doubt very much beyond that!
  6. gg's Avatar
    Menendez plans to dance with Lindsay

    http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20101230/UPDATES01/101230065/Menendez-plans-to-reach-out-to-SC-Republican-on-immigration
  7. Adi's Avatar
    http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2010/12/30/kth-virtual-border-fence-a-virtual-disaster/

    Virtual fence, virtual disaster. Raising fees for h1b to pay for it worth it?
  8. Adi's Avatar
    "And he says forces that led to new household formation aren't as strong as before, as immigration has slowed, more people are doubling up and aging baby boomers are downsizing."

    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-1231-jobless-claims-20101231,0,7710212.story

    Need more immigration to improve housing?
  9. Adi's Avatar
    Visa bureaucracy costs US $500 billion and nearly half a million jobs in last decade. So much for cribbing about h1b workers. Same number of jobs are lost due to visa bureaucracy.

    http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/business/2010/12/22/qmb.intv.marriott.cnn.html
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