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1. Comment: Better Fish To Fry

Congressional GOP leaders have recently sought to question long-

settled common law on birthright citizenship - the doctrine of

jus soli - which guarantees citizenship based solely on the

geography of birth, with exceptions only for children of

diplomats and occupying armies (the exceptions and the common law

rule both date back to centuries before there was an American

Republic). Influential GOP leaders outside Congress have come out

swinging against this folly by Republicans in Congress. A member

of the Reagan White House

writes in the Wall Street Journal "Instead of amending the

Constitution to eliminate 'anchor babies' - the ugly term

opponents of birthright citizenship use to describe these U.S.

citizens - Republicans should be helping them become good

Americans." As Politico reports, she is joined

by "former aides to both Vice President Dick Cheney and President

George W. Bush - condemn[ing] the calls by top Republicans to end

birthright citizenship". According to news reports,

other figures including anti-immigrant TV crusader Lou Dobbs and

former GOP Presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Alan Keyes,

have indicated that the Congressional GOP leadership is going too


Perhaps the GOP leaders intend only to further ignite the coals

of discontent among their base, to ensure better turnout in

November, thus possibly capturing the House. In other words,

perhaps this is strictly political, and in their hearts the GOP

leaders accept the common law on birthright citizenship. If so,

they are playing with fire here - taking the risk of upsetting

the stability that the clear jus soli rule provides - may have

many unintended consequences - insofar as Constitutional issues

are concerned, "when it is not necessary to change, it is

necessary not to change". Republicans gains in the next Congress

do not appear contingent upon using this particular argument, no

matter how anti-immigrant a tone the GOP wishes to cast itself in


However, perhaps GOP leaders are genuinely keen on re-examining

one of our fundamental national tenets. If so, they may be under-

estimating the effects of what will inevitably ensue - the genie

they thus unleash will not go back in the lamp. It is not a

coincidence that the common law rule on citizenship was re-stated

in the 14th amendment after the greatest cataclysm our Republic

has ever suffered - the Civil War. While another Civil War, this

time over immigration, may seem an impossibility right now, so

would Republican support for a review of birthright citizenship

have seemed just a few years ago. GOP leaders should pause before

going too far down this perilous road.

In short, questioning birthright citizenship makes neither

tactical nor strategic sense for the GOP. GOP leaders ought to

have better fish to fry.

2. Article: Silence In A Time of Torment: Throwing India IT Firms

Under The Bus by Gary Endelman and Cyrus D. Mehta,0812-endelman.shtm

3. Article: More About Republicans, Immigration And The 14th

Amendment by Roger Algase,0812-algase.shtm

4. Article: PERM Rule Promotes Unlicensed Practice of Law by Joel


5. Article: September Visa Bulletin by Christopher T. Musillo,0812-musillo.shtm

6. Article: Fmr. Gov George Allen, (R-Va.), discusses the

enforcement of immigration law in the State of Virginia by

Matthew Kolken,0812-kolken.shtm

7. News: Congress Passes Emergency Border Security Bill,0812-hr6080.pdf

8. News: ICE Changes SEVP Mailing Address,0812-sevp.shtm

9. News: CRS Report On Foreign Students In The United States:

Policies And Legislation,0812-crs.pdf

10. Focus: The Immigration Compliance Book

The Immigration Compliance Book, Editors Angelo A. Paparelli, L.

Batya Schwartz Ehrens, and Dan Siciliano features contributions

from Jason Burritt, Francis E. Chin, Philip C. Curtis, Laura

Danielson, John Fay, Bonnie K. Gibson, Richard Gump, Douglas D.

Hauer, Susanne C. Heubel, Loan Huynh, Jay Jorgensen, Susan Kelly,

Adam Ketcher, Cynthia Lange, Kevin Lashus, Robert F. Loughran,

Kristin Major, Johanna Marmon, Cyrus D. Mehta, Maggie Murphy,

Michael Patrick, Julie Pearl, Justin A. Rymer, Olivia M. Sanson,

Lynn O. Tarran, Vinh C. Trieu, Steve Trow, Greg Wald, Matthew

Warren and Michael J. Wildes. The Table of Contents is as


++Editors' Introduction

++Understanding I-9 Concepts

++I-9 Advanced Topics

++Employer E-Verify Considerations

++E-Verify Advanced Topics

++DHS Enforcement Through ICE Raids and Audits

++Specialty Topics

++Resource Materials

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11. Headline: Huckabee: Don't Punish Children of Undocumented


12. Headline: Anti-Immigrant Zealot Becomes GOP's Colorado Senate

Nominee: the mastermind of Operation Wagon Train to run for


13. Headline: ICE director Morton: 'I don't support amnesty' and

neither does President Obama

14. Headline: Obama as border cop: He's deported record numbers

of undocumented immigrants

15. Headline: Immigration Debate: Is Florida the New Arizona?

16. Headline: Senate passes border security bill: President Obama

is expected to sign the measure

17. Headline: The Immigrant's Way Book outlines the history of

immigration law. Get your copy today!

18. Headline: ICE Chief: We're Against Amnesty, No

Administration's Been Stronger on Removing Illegal Immigrants

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