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.Bout freakin time!
snip.....two ideas have floated to the top of the list of possibilities to be included either in an immigration-enforcement bill later this year or in a later comprehensive immigration overhaul. They want to go after the "anchor" babies abuse by illegals. Most lawmakers had avoided the issue, fearing that change would require a constitutional amendment -- the 14th Amendment reads in part: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States."
But several Republicans said recent studies suggest otherwise. "There's been recent scholarship that says we can do it by statute, and we ought to try," said Rep. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, who usually finds himself on the opposite side of immigration issues from Mr. Tancredo. "How in the world can you explain that's a good policy to have? It simply doesn't promote respect for the rule of law," Mr. Flake said.
The next or second solution would be a fence. I know too many people poo poo this solution but considering the billions spent on manpower to patrol the borders I think the fence is the most economical solution. That is if the fence erected is more than just wire but a hard concrete fence of a suitable height.
At this week's "unity dinner," House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, said he supports a barrier system of fences in some places and electronic surveillance or vehicle barriers in others, one participant said. "The fence works," Mr. Hunter said. He led the fight earlier in this Congress to complete a 14-mile section of fence near San Diego, and he and other members said the success there gives the idea momentum.GOP mulls ending birthright citizenship-Nation/Politics-The Washington Times, America's Newspaper
"Those who say the fence won't work, frankly, don't have experience with fences," said Rep. Geoff Davis, a Kentucky Republican who is supporting Mr. Hunter's bill.
I hope this is a trend for the GOP leadership. A long term solution which could significantly slow the invasion of illegal aliens into our country. I don't believe in rewarding unlawful behavior but the writing is on the board that the Administration and many in the House and Senate want to set up a Guest Worker Program. Personally, I think this will be impossible to track and enforce and ultimately will only encourage the rush of illegal aliens into our country. But at least if we eliminate anchor babies and erect a fence the rush could be dampened.