I learnt yesterday that some House Republicans have proposed the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 (H.R.140) that would restrict automatic birthright citizenship to children with at least one parent who is:
(1) a citizen or national of the United States;
(2) an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States whose residence is in the United States;
(3) an alien performing active service in the armed forces (as defined in section 101 of title 10, United States Code).
The act would not affect the citizenship status of anyone born before the act became law.
I doubt that the act has any chance of being passed, but it is a start, and I am glad that such a proposal has entered public discussion. Open Congress informs us that the following organizations oppose the bill:
American Civil Liberties Union
Arab American Institute
Asian American Justice Center
American Immigration Lawyers Association
No surprises there. Well, given my quixotic nature, I decided to ask my three members of Congress to support the bill and similar proposals, including my Democratic U.S. Senator, Sherrod Brown. Given Brown’s supposed commitment to blue collar workers, you would think that he would approve such measures. For mass immigration has hurt lower class laborers the most as their wages have stagnated with the influx of cheap competition and as their communities have been transformed into foreign barrios. Here is the letter that I sent:
I recently read that there are legislative efforts underway to restrict birthright citizenship to the children of citizens and legal residents. I think that this is a great idea; it is foolish to create incentives for “delivery tourism” or for illegal aliens to “anchor” themselves by having children in the USA. I think that a child should have to have at least one parent who is a citizen in order to gain automatic citizenship, though the inclusion of children of legal residents is a sensible extension of citizenship, as well, provided that the legal residents intend to become citizens eventually and that they raise their children as Americans rather than citizens of a foreign nation.
For too long, our country’s leadership has been irresponsible in managing immigration, and I fear that Balkanization and the resulting loss of national unity spell grave troubles for us. I think of Solzhenitsyn’s famous Harvard address when he asked what held contemporary American society together. I fear that, for many people, it is only the search for material comfort and the riches that we are blessed to enjoy. However, we cannot count on prosperity forever. If another Great Depression or worse happened, it would be much better for the country to have a united citizenry rather than a collection of ethnic, linguistic, and cultural factions that will tear us apart. Patriots talk about American exceptionalism, but we are not exempt from the laws of human nature.
Therefore, we need to stop mass immigration, whether legal or illegal, and insist on assimilation, or we’ll end up as Yugoslavia. Such a result would be a betrayal of our founding, of our principles, and of our people; a world without the U.S.A. would be a much worse place. So, please support efforts to solidify national unity and to make American citizenship meaningful again rather than simply a slight documentation concern. Please fight against the government’s reckless attempt to elect a new people.
If Americans resisted efforts to render the United States of America an abstract “propositional nation” rather than a real country with real, concrete people, this calculated destruction of our culture and marginalization of our people would stop. Complacency facilitates our demographic and cultural suicide. It does not have to be this way, and I hope that more and more people will awake from their slumber and remind the elected officials that the American people are not abstractions but particular human beings with interests and concerns, chief among which are survival and the continued existence of our way of life.