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Is it just me or does this “Do away with the 14th Amendment” jazz make you antsy?

On the news last night I noticed a lot of commentators and pundits were discussing the 14th amendment all willy nilly.  Um…was anyone else uncomfortable with the dialogue.  I don’t want to wake up tomorrow and hear that I’m not a citizen.  Don’t follow me…

Background: Anderson Cooper’s show offers the rundown of what’s being tossed about in the halls of Capitol Hill.

Republicans such as Sens. Lindsey Graham, John Kyl and John Cornyn are tripping over themselves to jump on the latest “Dumb Way to Solve the Illegal Immigration Problem” bus by suggesting Congress examine repealing the 14th Amendment, which deals with one way of becoming a U.S. citizen.

The far right has latched onto the idea that the provision in question – which grants citizenship to children born in the U.S. – is being abused by illegal immigrants who choose to come to America to have their children, thus worsening the illegal immigration problem.

Some are even trying to suggest that how it is being used today is counter to the original intent of the Founding Fathers.

Of course, the 14th Amendment was not in the first U.S. Constitution as drawn up by our framers. It was adopted on July 9, 1868, to prevent Southern states from denying citizenship to former slaves and their children, since they didn’t choose to come to America. They were brought here for the purpose of the vicious and dehumanizing free-labor plan that helped build the nation – slavery.

There were no immigration laws as we know them in 1868 so this is just crazy talk.

The problem is enforcement of the existing laws.  The 14th amendment can’t change anything that the government is not going to enforce.  The problem in my opinion is that we have neglected our own immigration laws and the enforcement of them for so long that now the elephant in the room is that there are millions of people who would have to be rounded up for the law to really be followed to the letter.  Many of these people have children who are by law American citizens.  Combine this with the fact that we’ve allowed whole industries to benefit from the labor of persons who are in this country illegally.  If all of the “illegal” aliens were forced to leave, the impact would be felt on various levels of our society.

In addition, NO ONE is going to take away the 14th.  One good reason?  All the Italian, German, Russian, and other european immigrants who came to these shores.  You see, no one is going to want to have to prove that their great, great grandma from England or Cicely became a citizen naturally.  Remember people, we are a nation of foreigners.  The only people who’ve “been” here are the Native Americans.

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Gerry Hudson’s remarks: Is he correct?

A C-SPAN clip of SEIU Executive Vice President Gerry Hudson is circulating online.  In it he says something controversial about how one can move African-Americans to care more about immigration reform.

“On white workers, I think we got some real problems. I’ve spent a lot of time in Wisconsin and places like that, where I have heard some of the most anti-immigrant sentiments around. It’s also, and this is where you get the black workers first, it’s so f***ing rabidly racist, ’til black people get scared. They don’t just mean you, right? So, you can organize them quicker, like, look at what’s there.”

A number of right-wing themed sites are pushing this clip viral.  They seem to think that he’s calling black people gullible and that he’s demonizing good, working class white folk.  Hudson is a big, black, bald-headed man.  The fact that he cussed alone likely made some people uncomfortable.  LOL

It’s no secret the rhetoric that follows immigration reform can be laced with images and concepts that make blacks and jews very uncomfortable.  Racial profiling is what it is, but any thought of  laws that require people to have proper documentation…makes me think of South Africa.   If you suggest racist motives and connect with the black experience of American racism…sure, you’ll motivate some people.

However, there is also an economic and social side (access to social services and the strain on local governments) to immigration reform that blacks may have concerns over.  Let’s face it, some black people are as concerned as some whites with the idea of Hispanics “taking over” America.  Just ask someone who grew up in Dade County or Miami Florida about needed to be bi-lingual to get a job.  I’m not saying that it’s right…I’m just saying.

Readers, take a look for yourself and tell me what you think.

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Whites no longer a majority by 2042

Associated Press – White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2042, according to new government projections. That’s eight years sooner than previous estimates, made in 2004.

The nation has been growing more diverse for decades, but the process has sped up through immigration and higher birth rates among minority residents, especially Hispanics.

It is also growing older.

“The white population is older and very much centered around the aging baby boomers who are well past their high fertility years,” said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. “The future of America is epitomized by the young people today. They are basically the melting pot we are going to see in the future.”

The Census Bureau Thursday released population projections through 2050, based on rates for births, deaths and immigration. They are subject to big revisions, depending on immigration policy, cultural changes and natural or manmade disasters.  The U.S. has nearly 305 million people today. The population is projected to hit 400 million in 2039 and 439 million in 2050.

White non-Hispanics make up about two-thirds of the population, but only 55 percent of those younger than 5.

By 2050, whites will make up 46 percent of the population and blacks will make up 15 percent, a relatively small increase from today. Hispanics, who make up about 15 percent of the population today, will account for 30 percent in 2050, according to the new projections.

Asians, which make up about 5 percent of the population, are projected to increase to 9 percent by 2050.

The population 85 and older is projected to more than triple by 2050, to 19 million.

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Racist Minutemen emails exposed

An immigrant rights organization released this week alarming internal e-mails circulated among members of the San Diego Minutemen, considered one of the most aggressive, anti-illegal immigrant groups in the United States.

Although this group publicly maintains that it is not racist and opposes only illegal immigration, the candid communications among its members frequently describe immigrants as “cockroaches” and “Third-World animals,” among other pejorative terms.

One e-mail from June 2007 says group members would “need a portable battery operated freezer…for store of filets, hams and ribs of well-marbled border crossers ” during an outing to stop illegal border crossers.

The release of the e-mails comes at a time when protests carried out by The Minutemen and their sympathizers have started to pick up, ending a lull after the October wildfires.

The California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation is an organization that monitors the actions of The Minutemen and off-shoot groups. Its director, Claudia Smith, said she obtained the e-mails from a person on The Minutemen distribution list.  She called their content “classic racist language.”

“Don’t ‘trespass’ into the parking lot proper , even though the degrados (sic) are permitted to swarm there like human cockroaches,” reads an e-mail by Mike Spencer, a cofounder of The Minutemen, to other group members apparently preparing for a protest on June 9, 2007.  He did not return phone calls.

The messages date from June 2006 to March of this year and can be read on the foundation’s website, at minutemenuncensored.com. [Full Article at New America Media]

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