Comment: Senior Democrat Warns GOP On 14th Amendment - There is a group of Americans which does not like immigrants, not because they are immigrants, but only because a huge number of immigrants are not white. As the number of immigrants and their children continues to rise in the United States, the proportion of whites in the USA is falling. This scares the racist group, because they do not want to share political and social power with those with somewhat more melanin in their skin. Fortunately for the racists, a not-insignificant number of non-white adults cannot vote because they are undocumented. Unfortunately for the racists, however, increasing numbers of the US-born children of the undocumented are reaching voting age. Naturally, the racists are terrified, and are now clutching at straws to prevent the inevitable dilution of political power held by whites. Wouldn't it be wonderful, the racists' fantasy goes, if many of these brown-skinned hordes couldn't vote? They thus want to abandon the ancient common-law doctrine of jus soli (citizenship through soil of birth), older than our Republic, and one on which our Republic has always run, in favor of the European doctrine of jus sanguini (citizenship through blood of ancestors), suggesting that we transfer to the US the bloody mess of internecine warfare which has long characterized Europe. Most of these folks would like nothing better than a law passed by a Republican Congress to dis-enfranchise the US-born children of the undocumented. However, some of the legal scholars among the racists have now recognized that such a law is unlikely to pass constitutional muster, and that the only hope of realizing the racist fantasy is to re-visit the 14th amendment which re-affirmed jus soli. In this, unfortunately, the racists are supported by many GOP leaders who have suggested that hearings be held in the 112th Congress to re-examine the 14th amendment. Immigration Daily has run several commentaries highlighting the risks of even discussing amendments to the 14th amendment (see, Fighting Words). Put bluntly, there is a small, but serious, risk of violence if the GOP persists in this mis-guided path. It appears that a few Americans of vision (unfortunately only Democrats for now) are speaking out - Politico reports: "[Jesse Jackson, Sr., former Democratic Presidential candidate] told POLITICO: Republican talk about changing the 14th Amendment is "threatening" and "divisive." Mr. Jackson went on to say:
"Tampering with the 14th Amendment sends signals of states' rights. It sends signals of backsliding of equality … Even for them to run on platforms questioning the 14th Amendment, we are backsliding. Questioning the 14th Amendment, we do not think that is healthy. A call to rally against these basic amendments is always threatening."
Mr. Jackson wisely warns "We all have a vested interest in the security of the 14th Amendment." Immigration Daily here takes the liberty of expanding on Mr. Jackson's statement: – all of us, Republicans and Democrats benefit equally from not questioning the settled meaning of the 14th amendment – all of us, Northerners and Southerners have an equal interest in the stability and security of the 14th Amendment.
We commend Mr. Jackson for his wise counsel, and urge Republicans who see the light on this issue to caution their fellow GOPers against the foolishness of even discussing amending the 14th amendment for down that dark path lies much misery to all.
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