The first part of the problem is whether anyone born inside of the Defended Perimeter of American Federal Law should have been granted a 'birth right' to american citizenship. I mean it's one thing to defend the 'birth right' of the unborn, but clearly a whole different kettle of fish when we are talking about Born Persons.
So the problem that Tom Tandredo, and the rest of those liberals, seems their failure to address the real problem - should we just simply willy nilly hand out citizenship papers simply because one of the parents was an american citizen? Or because Both were american citizens, or both had legal paperwork to be within the Defended Perimeter of American Federal Law. That doesn't seem to be a really useful or productive solution, now does it?
The phrase "Defended Perimeter of American Federal Law" is used with intent. The current problem with Gitmo, et al, is whether or not there is any concern on the part of maricans to actually defend the idea that american federal law has any precedence or utility as even a guideline. So we really should limit the discussion to those places where Federal Law is still considered at least a credible guideline for personal public behavior.
This should also help americans work out which poseur posture they want to take with regards to the actual utility of their own so called citizenship papers - especially given the unpleasant reality that we are still waiting for the final rulings on whether the president can honest to god unilaterally toss americans into detention facilities and retain them incommunicado indefinitely, for, well, reasons of National Security. That Pet BuzzPhrase.
As others have noted about the fun with "immigration law" - none of the 9/11 participants came into the country illegally. They had nice clean legitimate paper work. So the la-te-da about preventing another 9/11 fiasco by preventing illegal immigrants, is, well, just that. The sort of thing that sounds great to Bar Stool Heroes at closing time, when they didn't get to meet any 'hot babes' and they need to sound RealHeManManlyMaleMacho and all.
The current gast-arbeitor policy being put forward as some majik solution - this is different than the rest of the Bureaucratic H-1B alphabet soup section of the current regulations? Or do we need to now have a special addendum and more Federal Bureaucracy layered on top of the rest of the immigration policy??? Hum??? You know, throwing more legalisms into play so that more college friends can get more Federal Tax Payer Dollars being the new and improved addition to the federal payroll. We could add to the process say
The Department of Homeland Security For Providing employment for old college friends who couldn't get a real job and need to sound tough on Immigration and the Correct Maintenance of our White Christian America, so that only Those Willing to put the Dubya Back Into Wmas, because the Argument from Intelligent Design Demands it
This of course would be seperate from say
The Department of Homeland Security For Providing employment for old college friends who couldn't get a real job and need to sound tough on The Maintenance of Our MonoCulture that protects our White Christian America, so that only Those Willing to put the Dubya Back Into Wmas, because the Argument from Intelligent Design Demands it
which would be devoted to rooting out the evil doers who are evil, and happen to be carrying paper work that would suggest that some liberal had once allowed them citizenship merely because their parents were American at the time of the birth of this enemy of the State.
Why shucks, with enough of these Federal Welfare Programmes, more and more americans will be able to get those high paying federally funded government jobs, simply because they were the syncophant of someone from their college days who couldn't make in the private sector and scored a connection.
You see, it's not a birth right issue at all. It's about the importance of improving the right type of connections in College so that one does not get deported or detained as one of those who shouldn't have had an american citizenship papers to begin with...
Hum.... what if there were a group of people who were interested in limiting the size and scope of government so that the private sector would be freed up from the bureaucracy of fumbling fools who couldn't make it in the private sector.... I wonder what they would be called...