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Immigration Memo to Republicans: Don't Mess With the Constitution

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

The serious and necessary debate on comprehensive immigration reform has been clouded by a debate over birthright citizenship. Some Republican legislators want to redefine how we understand the 14th Amendment.


Ray Suarez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Suarez

When the clock, the year, and the lame duck congress all ran out, so did what the Conventional Wisdom considered President Obama's best shot at immigration reform.

Arizona Lawmakers Mull Bill Challenging Birthright Citizenship

AP | JACQUES BILLEAUD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

PHOENIX — The Arizona lawmaker who proposed a challenge to automatic U.S. citizenship for children of illegal immigrants called off a scheduled ...

Two Years Later, Mother And Child Still Separated Due To Immigration Law

Michelle Brané | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michelle Brané

In 2007, Encarnación Bail Romero, a young woman from Guatemala, was arrested and detained during an immigration raid at the Missouri poultry processing plant where she worked.

Elise Foley

GOP Senators Target Birthright Citizenship For Children Of Illegal Immigrants | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican Sens. David Vitter (La.) and Rand Paul (Ky.) are seeking to deny birthright citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants...

Truths and Untruths About the Constitutional Origins of Birthright Citizenship

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

As Americans and our elected leaders engage in debate over immigration and the constitutional guarantee of citizenship at birth, we should all agree that misleading statements history do not help.

GOP Hispanic Conference Highlights Deep Denial on Immigration

Frank Sharry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Sharry

Letting our immigration debate spiral even further away from real solutions would be a disaster, not just for the Republican Party, but for our nation.

In Christina's Memory, Let's Refocus on the Children

Bruce Kluger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Kluger

Of all the tragedies that befell Tucson last Saturday, the one that seemed to tear most deeply at the heart of our nation was the murder of Christin...

Equal Justice for Whom?

Patricia Ireland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patricia Ireland

Apparently the omission of corporations from the First Amendment does not trouble Justice Scalia as much as the failure to mention women in the Fourteenth. What's his problem with women?

Originalist Sinner: Justice Scalia and The 14th Amendment

Michelle Schweiger Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Schweiger Schecter

California Lawyer this week did report On Justice Scalia of the Supreme Court His shocking views on equal protection Make one wish his was a tenure su...

Elise Foley

Democrats, Women's Rights Leaders Blast Scalia Comments On 14th Amendment | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Leaders of the key women's-rights groups joined congressional Democrats at the Capitol Thursday to warn that Supreme Court Justice Anto...

Weekly Diaspora: In 2011, Birthright Citizenship in the Crosshairs

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger Yesterday, a coalition of anti-immigrant lawmakers from 14 states unveiled their much-anticipated b...

Attacking the Constitution

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marielena Hincapié

A state challenge to the 14th Amendment is legislative folly at best, and a waste of precious taxpayer time and resources at worst.

Amanda Terkel

Justice Scalia: Women Don't Have Constitutional Protection Against Discrimination | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not protect against discrimination on the basis of gende...

Weekly Diaspora: Arizona vs. 'Anchor Babies'

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger After commanding the world's attention in 2010 with its cavalier stance on immigration, the Arizona...

Non-Breaking News: GOP Opposition to DREAM ACT Is About Race

Gabe Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gabe Gonzalez

The immigration debate is not about law, not about fairness, not about justice. It's about race. Plain and simple. It's about the fear of more brown people coming into our society, our culture.

Open Letter to Bill Gates

Peter Zucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Peter Zucker

I think it is time that Bill, and others of his ilk get, pardon the pun, schooled on tenure.

Key House Republican Vows To Take On Longstanding Constitutional Amendment

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), fresh off of a massive GOP victory earlier this month that is looking likely to make him a key pilot of the next Congress's ...

A Short and Clear Guide to What a Midterm Vote Really Means

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

When you pull a lever on Tuesday, you may think you are voting for one candidate or another, but, in the big picture, the vote won't be for a person. Instead, you will be voting based on these opposing principles.

Help us KNOCK OUT Republicans in Arizona!

Luis Heredia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Luis Heredia

UPDATE! October 27, 2010: We have already raised $15,760 thanks to your hard work and support! Keep us going strong towards our huge $25,000 grassroot...

Constitutional Conservatives?
8 Self-Proclaimed Lovers Of The U.S. Constitution That Want To Amend It

AOL News | David Knowles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Does the U.S. Constitution grant Americans citizens too many rights? That seems to be the conclusion reached by some tea party activists and the cand...

McConnell: 14th Amendment, Birthright Citizenship Should Be Reviewed By Congress

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told The Hill on Monday that Congress "ought to take a look at" changing the 14th Amendment, which give...

The 14th Amendment and the Essential Question

Ray Suarez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Suarez

It will be interesting to see whether an old idea -- that anyone born here is part of the United States by right -- will survive the bruising arguments over who belongs, who's in, and who's out.

Arizona Immigration Law Architects Turn Sights On 14th Amendment, Birthright Citizenship

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two of the legislative brains behind Arizona's controversial SB 1070 immigration law are now seeking to draft a bill that would cut down 14th Amendmen...

'Birth Tourism' Only Accounts For Tiny Percentage Of Immigrant Babies

AP | BOB CHRISTIE and PAUL J. WEBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SAN JUAN, Texas — When Ruth Garcia's twins are born in two months, they'll have all the rights of U.S. citizens. They and their six brothers and...