Friday, July 30, 2010

Think Of the Children

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wants to amend the Constitution to take away citizenship of people born in this country based on the child’s parents’ legal status.

“I may introduce a constitutional amendment that changes the rules if you have a child here,” Graham said during an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “Birthright citizenship I think is a mistake, that we should change our Constitution and say if you come here illegally and you have a child, that child’s automatically not a citizen.”

That raises a few questions. First, if the child is not a citizen of the United States, what country is he or she a citizen of? What if one parent is a legal resident or citizen of the United States and the other isn’t? What if the child needs immediate medical attention? What if the child is the result of rape or incest?

The Republicans are supposed to be the ones who were all about thinking of the children; that they would do everything they possibly could to prevent abortions and bring that precious life into the world. Changing the law would lead to more abortions: if an undocumented immigrant becomes pregnant — it’s not always planned, y’know — and sees that there’s no chance the child will be granted citizenship, rather than carry the child to term, the next stop is an abortion clinic, or worse. And if the child is born, how many of them will be abandoned on doorsteps or dumped in trash cans?

Lindsey Graham is supposed to be one of the “reasonable” Republicans nowadays.