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This Land Is My Land, None of It’s Your Land… Isn’t This Fun? August 9, 2010

Filed under: In the News,Politics — katblogger @ 2:26 AM
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Almost all my views yesterday were ads, but I’ll press on… even if I’m only talking to myself.

So… anti-immigration people want to adjust the 14th Amendment? Let’s take a look at that:

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

That’s just one section, but it’s the important one. It states that all those born in the US are citizens. This was designed to make sure slaves became legal citizens and that they would have full American privileges. Now politicians are worried that illegal immigrants will abuse it to make sure their children will become citizens. And now they want to – gasp – change it. These mostly being the people who talk about staunchly following the Constitution, and protecting gun rights because it’s in the Constitution. If we’re getting out the big Constitution eraser, can I borrow it and get rid of the 2nd Amendment, so we can abolish guns once and for all?

Honestly, the immigration debate is getting on my nerves. All these people who talk about ‘our’ country seem to be forgetting that Native Americans lived here first. That debacle drives me nuts every time I think of it. (No, I’m not Native American, I just don’t like injustice.) The settlers showed up, gave them smallpox, called them Indians, killed off most of the rest, and proceeded to shove the survivors into smaller and smaller areas of land. Then, as soon as people found out the land Native Americans were on had oil, gold, or just good grazing area, they sent them packing somewhere else. Honestly, if space travel had existed when the colonists were settling the Americas, they probably would have sent Native Americans to the moon.

I’m sure there’s got to be a political cartoon talking about this. Let’s see…

There we go. Where was I? Right… illegal immigration. And the 14th Amendment. Geez, I rambled quite a bit. Basically, make sure your own home is clean before you start criticizing someone else’s. I’m not saying having a baby here deliberately to make them a citizen is right, but how many of our ancestors came here taking the citizenship test and filling out papers? And ironically, I’m hoping that someday I’ll be rich enough to get out of here and into France. So if someone wants to come here and start a better life, we should give them a chance. And for certain, don’t assume every Hispanic-looking person is here illegally. That’s just rude.


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