According to the AP: Paul opposes citizenship for babies of illegals
“We’re the only country I know that allows people to come in illegally, have a baby, and then that baby becomes a citizen,” Paul told RT, an English-language station, shortly after his win over GOP establishment candidate Trey Grayson. “And I think that should stop also.”
Mr Paul obviously knows zilch about countries other than the US. Which is not surprising, giving his propensity for spouting jingoistic rhetoric.
His statement is far from the truth but that doesn’t stop him from lying in his obvious efforts to target Mexican Americans, and to whip up a frenzy of ethnocentrism.
Let’s look at some facts.
Jus soli is the legal term for citizenship by birth.
Let’s look at a definition.
Jus soli is a Latin term that means law of the soil. In some countries, jus soli system or birthright citizenship is followed. According to this principle, citizenship of a person is determined by the place where a person was born. Jus soli is the most common means to acquire citizenship of a nation. The system through which a person acquires citizenship through their parents or ancestors is called jus sanguinis. In the U.S., jus soli system is followed to determine citizenship. This means whoever is born in the U.S. and is subject to its jurisdiction is automatically granted U.S. citizenship.
Pursuant to 8 USCS § 1401, the following persons can acquire citizenship by jus soli:
* A person born in the U.S., and subject to its jurisdiction.
* A person born in the U.S. as a member of an Indian, Eskimo, Aleutian, or other aboriginal tribe.
* A person of unknown parentage found in the U.S. while under the age of five year. The person can remain a U.S. citizen if it is not shown before s/he attains twenty five years that the person was not born in the U.S.
* A person born in an outlying possession of the U.S. (i.e., including Puerto Rico, the Panama Canal Zone, Panama, the Virgin Islands and Guam.) of parents, one of whom is a citizen of the U.S. who has been physically present in the United States or one of its outlying possessions for a continuous period of one year at any time prior to the birth of such person.
Here is a list of countries that observe jus soli:
* Antigua and Barbuda
* Chile (children of transient foreigners or of foreign diplomats on assignment in Chile only upon request)
* Dominican Republic
* El Salvador
* Saint Christopher and Nevis
* Saint Lucia
* Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
* Trinidad and Tobago
* United States
Other countries have a modified version (see link)
Many countries, including the US also use Jus sanguinis to determine citizenship.
Jus sanguinis (Latin: right of blood) is a social policy by which nationality or citizenship is not determined by place of birth, but by having an ancestor who is a national or citizen of the state. It contrasts with jus soli (Latin for “right of soil”).
Paul is clearly in favor of right wing efforts to deny right of birth here, and has decided that babies born of Mexicans will obviously (to him) be born Democrats.
Legislation dubbed the Birthright Citizenship Act was introduced in the House last year seeking to prevent citizenship to babies born to illegal immigrants even though the 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees citizenship to everyone born in the U.S. More than 90 lawmakers signed on as co-sponsors.
Paul told the TV station that partisan politics may be at play in not stopping illegal immigration.
“I’m not opposed to letting people come in and work and labor in our country,” Paul said. “But I think what we should do is we shouldn’t provide an easy route to citizenship. A lot of this is about demographics. If you look at new immigrants from Mexico, they register three to one Democrat, so the Democratic Party is for easy citizenship and allowing them to vote. I think we need to address that.”
Racist David Duke of KKK fame has a webpage supporting the Birthright Citizenship Act. No link provided to avoid sending you to filth.
Here are the legislators who signed on to xenophobia:
Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 (Introduced in House)
HR 1868 IH
Mr. DEAL of Georgia (for himself, Mr. BILBRAY, Mr. DANIEL E. LUNGREN of California, Mr. WESTMORELAND, Mr. JONES, Mr. HENSARLING, Mr. FRANKS of Arizona, Mr. GINGREY of Georgia, Mr. BRADY of Texas, Mr. BROUN of Georgia, Mr. MARCHANT, Mr. CAMPBELL, Mr. KINGSTON, Mr. HELLER, Mr. NEUGEBAUER, Mr. JORDAN of Ohio, Mr. CONAWAY, Mr. WHITFIELD, Mr. LINDER, Mr. CULBERSON, Mr. MCCOTTER, Mr. HERGER, Mr. AKIN, Mr. GOHMERT, Mr. BOOZMAN, Mr. LAMBORN, Mr. CALVERT, Mr. SAM JOHNSON of Texas, Mr. ROYCE, Mr. SMITH of Nebraska, Mr. TAYLOR, Mr. GARY G. MILLER of California, Mr. COFFMAN of Colorado, Mrs. MYRICK, Mr. BARTLETT, Mr. ROHRABACHER, Ms. FOXX, Mr. KING of New York, Mr. DUNCAN, Mr. POE of Texas, and Mr. PRICE of Georgia) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
Paul, Glen Beck, and the rest of the cabal who spout about liberty and freedom have opted to ignore the US constitution, as have the elected officials who signed on to this bill.
Link to Jack Conway’s Act Blue Page.
(cross posted at Daily Kos)