Today Stacey Campfield has a charming post called “We must protect the children…Unless they are illegal.” I ask you to contemplate the title of his post as you read the post itself. Then, return here and answer this question: Where in the post does Campfield address actual “illegal” children?
Donna Rowland had an amendment that would track the number of children that do not have a social security number and don’t have their immunization shots (Mostly children of illegal aliens). People that are illegal and their children are exempt from providing proof of immunization shots and can admit their children no matter what. Their numbers are not tracked.
I hope that Rachel over at Women’s Health News will check into the factuality of this statement. I, of course, am less interested in fact as I am in rhetoric (ha, that’s the kind of statement that gets taken out of context later) and what’s got my attention in this post is that way that Campfield is calling the children of illegal aliens–see “people that are illegal and their children”–themselves illegal–“we must protect the children… unless they are illegal.”
Folks who love the Constitution, I expect you to keep an eye on this kind of rhetorical nonsense, because what we’re seeing, mark my words, are the earliest assaults on birthright citizenship. This kind of rhetoric, in which we link the immigration status of one’s parents with one’s legitimate claim on citizenship in a negative way, is designed to ease people into accepting the idea that, if one’s parents aren’t here legally than, even if one is born in the U.S., one is not really a U.S. citizen. From there, it’s a short leap to denying these children, born on U.S. soil, U.S. citizenship.
I hope y’all can see the far reaching implications of this. If being born on U.S. soil isn’t enough to guarantee U.S. citizenship, what legitimate claim do any of have on citizenship? And, if we can make it seem acceptable to deny citizenship to these kids, what’s to keep it from being acceptable to strip any of us of our citizenship?