When it comes to the Constitution, most of the self-proclaimed evangelicals in the current presidential field want to have it both ways. They pledge fidelity to the principles of the framers, yet their religiously inspired policies are often at odds with any plausible reading of the Constitution's text.
The majority of women migrate to reunite with family, make a better life for their children, or escape violence that in their home countries. But our current laws make it harder for these women to come legally, and harder to become citizens when they do get here. So what do women need in real immigration overhaul?
Trump's call for a wall to protect U.S. borders from marauding Mexican criminals not only demonizes Latinos, but evokes toxic themes of Manifest Destiny that were used to justify American expansionism into Mexico. Themes that allowed white folk -- the U.S.' original "anchor babies" -- to be legitimized as citizens.
This week we saw how dissimilar appeals to our better and lesser angels look. For the former, there was Jimmy Carter's grace-filled press conference on Thursday revealing that cancer has spread to his brain. He reflected proudly on the work of his Carter Center, which, among many other things, has nearly eradicated the misery-causing guinea worm disease. But the week began very differently, as Donald Trump released an immigration plan that would end birthright citizenship, a proposal that would involve reverting to before the 14th amendment, ratified in 1868 to grant freed slaves citizenship in the wake of the shameful Dred Scott decision. Quite a vision for the future. Meanwhile, Jeb Bush said he disagreed with Trump, but made sure to get in on the xenophobia with the term "anchor babies." It was a week that gave us two very different examples of statesmanship and what America can stand for.