Thursday, July 25, 2013

The House considers a Path to Citizenship for those brought into Country as Children

In the Democratic-controlled Senate, the question was whether to allow the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants to get U.S. citizenship. 
In the Republican-led House, the question has become: Which ones? 
In passing a sweeping immigration law last month, the Senate voted 68-32 to allow most of the nation's undocumented immigrants to eventually apply for U.S. citizenship. But as the House continues to slowly consider small pieces of immigration, one bill at a time, Republican leaders proposed allowing only undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children to become citizens.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said the children, known as DREAMers after a failed bill in Congress designed to help them, had no say in the decision to immigrate to the U.S. and know no other home than the United States. But he said it was irresponsible to provide an avenue to citizenship for their parents. 
"I do not believe that parents who made the decision to illegally enter the U.S. while forcing their children to join them should be afforded the same treatment as these kids," Goodlatte said during a Tuesday hearing in the House subcommittee on immigration and border security.
That scaled-down approach drew criticism from Democrats, immigration advocates and DREAMers, who have put on a full-scale effort in recent weeks to push House Republicans to take up the Senate immigration bill. 
Christina Jimenez, an undocumented immigrant and managing director of United We Dream, an organization pushing for citizenship for undocumented immigrants, said they can't support a proposal that would separate parents from children. 
"How can we say yes to that and then say 'deport our parents'?" she said.
Read the rest of the story HERE.

"How can we say yes to that and then say 'deport our parents'?" Ah...There's the rub.

That's precisely why we can't give automatic citizenship to these people. It's unrealistic to expect the kids to stay and the parents to leave. THEREFORE, NEITHER should get any particular preference than any other illegal.

If you grant them an AUTOMATIC PATH to citizenship, you can TAKE IT TO THE BANK that the parents will somehow be included.

SECURE THE BORDER FIRST. THEN..and ..ONLY THEN, will many American be in the mood to consider anything else.

Why don't you Senators and Representatives...GET THIS?

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RomneyMan said...

Your concluding remarks, the one after the actual text of the article, are correct.

Joel2013 said...

This is nothing more than a ridiculous attempt to tie the two together. A pathway for the children is a pathway for the adults. They must really think the masses are fools, right? If they were not born here, they have no right to citizenship. I don't care how many people try to use the have compassion argument, it doesn't work for me. Every criminal currently in jail for breaking the law wants us to have compassion and let them free. This is selective discrimination.

Anonymous said...

This is the most reasonable compromise on citizenship. The parents can be given legal status so families won't be separated, but be prevented from voting and being entitled to all the benefits of citizenship..

The bill should be clear that adults who came here illegally should not be able to apply for citizenship unless they serve in the armed forces. And this can only be overturned by a 2/3 vote of Congress.

Anonymous said...

And, set the cut off date for child eligibility to 2012.

No citizenship for kids unless parents can prove the were here by Dec 31,2012. And NO citizenship for kids that have been involved in any kind of criminal activity. (gangs, drugs etc.)


@ Anonymous

Under the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, legalization automatically triggers a path to full citizenship, regardless of any special "restrictions" that are included in the bill.

We do NOT have "second class citizens" in this country - at least that's the way most judges and justices have interpreted the Constitution.

Furthermore, under the Family Reunification Act, children who are legalized would be allowed to bring their parents, siblings and distant relatives along with them.

"The Kids' Act", just like its predecessor, "The Dream Act", is a SCAM designed to bamboozle the American people into supporting amnesty for 30 million(not 11 million) poorly educated poverty-stricken illegal aliens from Third World countries in Latin America who will bankrupt our local/state/federal governments, fill up our prisons and turn our two-party political system into a one-party system with the DEMS in charge.

We've seen this movie before. It's called C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A.