One cannot help but note an eerie similarity between the birthright debates raging in the US and the State of Israel. Both nations are badly in need of resetting their immigration policies in the face of a rapidly globalizing planet.
When you strip a person of their basic human rights -- as the new immigration law does to Arizona's Latinos -- you strip them of their dignity. Such "solutions" solve nothing; these are the seeds of resentment.
Even in its scaled-back version, the Obama administration's response to Arizona's SB 1070 has given us an indication of the flawed approach the government will likely take once it moves on Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
During the 2008 campaign, it didn't seem that the Republican party could move further to the right on immigration. What it doesn't seem to understand is that the stakes on this issue are, politically, far greater than most.
The anti-immigrant right is capitalizing on a concept with old nativist roots that is lending new potency to the assault on Latino immigrants, demonizing babies as the weapon of choice for armies of "illegals."