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Introducing... "Anchor Babies"

I learned a new term today; "Anchor Babies." No, not children born on ships at anchor in harbors. Apparently, Anchor Babies is becoming the term of choice in Arizona, and perhaps a few other places, to describe children born in America to persons who are not in America legally at the times of the babies' births. Not surprisingly, Arizona Republicans are toying with the idea of introducing legislation that would deny birth certificates to babies born in Arizona to people who are not in Arizona (or America) legally. It's the logical next step in the war on illegal immigration (or, some might argue, immigration of any kind) since Arizona decided to equate not being sufficiently white with probable cause.

Of course, there's a minor problem with this - The Constitution of the United States. To wit, Amendment 14, Section 1:

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.

It strikes me as more than a little odd/ironic that Arizona's Republicans, in their zeal to defend America from people who speak Spanish, would jettison the very ideals enshrined in that most American of documents, The Constitution. Of course, if we really wanted to thwart illegal immigration, we would go after the people who hire illegals. But that would violate the most Republican of principles - that government should not interfere with business.

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