Illegal alien fun just keeps on coming – this time targeting the illegals’ kids.

Baby on Board/Thinkstock image

Baby on Board/Thinkstock image

A proposal by Arizona Sen. Russell Pearce aims to deny automatic citizenship from kids of undocumented immigrants. And why not?

Since the illegal immigrant* issue has been disregarded for so long, the floodgates may as well burst open with a deluge of measures meant to drown all angles at once.

See what happens when things are perpetually ignored?

Pearce, a Mesa-area Republican, is the same guy who sponsored the controversial SB 1070, which was signed into law in April and goes into effect July 29. The measure gives local law enforcement the authority to question immigration status with “reasonable suspicion” if a person is stopped for another infraction.

Denying automatic citizenship to the offspring of two undocumented immigrants – or anyone born here – goes against the U.S. Constitution, some cry.

And perhaps it does.

The 14th Amendment says “All persons, born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.”

But isn’t such stuff passé? After all, as a Time magazine article points out, the 14th Amendment was adopted back in 1868 and meant to help freed slaves. It took the citizenship decision-making away from the states and put in the hands of the federal government.

Yet today’s federal government has pretty much proved through longtime lack of action that its hands are incredibly too busy working on things other than some silly border woes.

Pearce wants to give back some power to the state, by only doling out birth certificates to offspring who have at least one documented parent, according to Associated Press.

“Citizenship as a birthright is rare elsewhere in the world,” AP says. “Many countries require at least one parent to be a citizen or legal resident.”

Homeland Security says nearly 11 million illegal aliens were in the United States as of January 2009, AP reports. As of 2008, AP says the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington estimates the number of illegal aliens with U.S. citizen children at 3.8 million.

Even if the 14th Amendment may seem passé, perhaps it’s just not right to change a longstanding measure. C’mon, it’s not like we redesign the flag every year. Some things should stay the same just because.

Besides, if immigrants have the wherewithal to sneak into the country illegally and stay long enough to have a kid – or several – it only makes sense their children should be privileged with U.S. citizenship status and reap all the benefits that come with it.

Kind of like a door prize.


Please note: This piece was written with sarcasm and I remain undecided on Pearce’s proposal to deny automatic citizenship.

*Please also note: The terms illegal immigrant, illegal alien and all variations thereof are not the issue here. We already went through that debate on a previous post.

What do you think?

Is the measure to deny citizenship to children born of illegal/undocumented immigrants right or wrong? Why?

Is it unconstitutional?

Is it about time?