Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Anchors Away?

You knew this was coming:

A Phoenix news station (KPHO) is reporting that the state Senator behind Arizona’s new immigration law, Russell Pierce (R), does not intend on stopping at SB-1070. In e-mails obtained by the local CBS affiliate, Pearce said he intends to push for an “anchor baby” bill that would essentially overturn the 14th amendment by no longer granting citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants born on U.S. soil. “Anchor babies” is a derogatory and “politically charged” term used to refer to the U.S. citizen children of undocumented parents. KPHO obtained a troubling email from one of Pierce’s constituents who is encouraging him to pursue the “anchor baby” legislation.

The irony here is that while people like Mr. Pierce are willing to deprive legal citizens of the equal protections of the law, they have no problem granting the same rights to a fetus. According to the Constitution, those rights are not obtained until you are actually born or naturalized.