Thursday, April 29, 2010

One Approach to Immigration

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has a rather interesting proposal to stem the tide of illegal immigration: deport U.S. citizens.

Not all American citizens, mind you. Just the natural-born American citizens that are the children of illegal immigrants.

At a tea party rally in Ramona in San Diego County over the weekend, Hunter fielded a question about the issue.

“Would you support deportation of natural born American citizens that are the children of illegal aliens?” a man in the audience asked.

“I would have to, yes,” Hunter said.

First, that would mean we would have to repeal the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, since that is the one that said that if you are born here, you’re a citizen, regardless of the status of your parents. The Supreme Court ruled as far back as 1898 that children born here are citizens.

Second, as a commenter at Balloon Juice wondered, where do you deport U.S.citizens to?

I don’t think Mr. Hunter necessarily represents just the fringe of the Republican Party; I think he’s saying what a lot of them are thinking and have been for the last fifteen years or so. He’s just saying it out loud.