Monday, July 13, 2009

Just Mean

The anti-immigrant forces are at it again in California. Their targets this time are children. From the Los Angeles Times:

The plan: a California ballot initiative that would end public benefits for illegal immigrants, cut off welfare payments for their children and impose new rules for birth certificates. ...

The 14th Amendment states that "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside." Backers of the initiative argue that illegal residents are not "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States and that, as a result, their U.S.-born children should not be citizens.

The groups involved in this latest drive to legislate by ballot are aiming for the June, 2010 ballot, and they have a lot of work to do before the cut-off date. They've only raised about $350,000 of the $4 million usually needed to pay the signature gatherers for the petitions, and they've just begun to gather signatures. Their coalition, however, is an interesting one:

Hilton said the group is enlisting an "enormous volunteer base" for the signature gathering. His organization, Taxpayer Revolution, has gathered endorsements from elected officials, including Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), the American Legion California chapter and immigration restrictionist groups such as NumbersUSA, Save Our State and Coe's California Coalition for Immigration Reform. [Emphasis added]

What precisely would be the effect of a successful proposition battle, assuming that once again the courts do not find it unconstitutional? The withholding of benefits from children.

Currently, children of illegal immigrants can receive CalWorks benefits if their parents are poor enough to qualify for welfare. About 42% of "child only" cases in the CalWorks program involve illegal-immigrant parents, state officials say.

The measure would also cut off CalWorks payments to the children of citizens or legal residents who fail to meet eligibility requirements for state aid because they are unwilling to work, addicted to drugs or absent, among other reasons.

The initiative would require that applicants for birth certificates verify their legal status.

Those who could not would have to present official identification from a foreign government, a record of any publicly funded costs for delivering the child and other information before receiving their child's birth certificate, which would be marked with the notation "foreign parent."

The records would be sent to Homeland Security officials.
[Emphasis added]

How's that for visiting the "sins" of the father on the children?

Will the measure pass if it qualifies? It's hard to tell. This is a state that passed one such measure in the not too distant past. It's also a state that recalled one governor and replaced him with a movie star. Punishing children just might be acceptable to a lot of Californians. I still think, however, that the days of immigrant bashing might be over, that enough Californians have Mexican and Latin American neighbors that the racism will be recognized for what it is. It is also possible that the 111th Congress will step up and at least begin debating immigration reform in ways that will counter this kind of drive.

I certainly hope so.

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Blogger Brittanicus said...


Don't let down your guard?

ATTENTION! Because of the massive payments to illegal immigrants in California, their is a petition. Google--TAXPAYER REVOLUTION. Very few newspapers will mention this activist petition.

Some Californian lawmakers demand enforcing our immigration laws? But do they believe in rigid enforcement of E-Verify in the workplace? Andronovich, a Los Angeles city manager stated back in 2004 that illegal immigrant support attributed to $11. billion dollars in benefits. How much money did the Golden state taxpayers folk out since then?

If you--GOOGLE--illegal immigration you can research the true costs, the real numbers of those squatting here and the massive consequences? The most damaging is--irreversible OVERPOPULATION. There is a battle commencing in the House and Senate this week, to weaken E-Verify and the startling amendment to fund the original two layer border fence. Sen. Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano will try to table these new amendments or even kill them. Recall Reid nearly obliterated E-Verify, the extraction process that removes illegal immigrants from job placement. THESE NEW AMENDMENTS ARE IN INSTANT JEOPARDY, SO DEMAND RIGID ENFORCEMENT, NO AMNESTY AND NO MORE EXCUSES?

Go to the websites NUMBERSUSA, JUDICIALWATCH, CAPSWEB, HERITAGE FOUNDATION & AMERICANPATROL for facts not found in newspapers or even the government. THERE IS GATHERING STORM OF FURIOUS VOTERS from across America. We cannot, must not--STOP-- THE BARRAGE ON THEIR SENATE AND CONGRESS. 202-224-3121 THE US TAXPAYER must remain vigilant, letting these politicians know whose in charge? That their jobs are on the line, like millions of American workers.

3:46 PM  
Blogger Liri said...

Diane, I hate to complain, but your trolls leave much to be desired. I suggest you get your money back from the Troll Outsourcing Agency. After all, I'm sure you must have 'folked out' a lot of money, and the quality of your trolls should reflect that.

And in closing, inappropriate and gratuitous question mark?

4:16 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Thank you, Liri. I will check into it immediately.


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Anonymous Shared Humanity said...

My wife has delivered thousands of anchor babies over the last 10 years in Chicago. Every one of them is worth more than a Repuke.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous PeasantParty said...

Yes, it is past time to fix this. It is past time for gopers to use this as campaign fodder. People do not like being abused by politicians and our congress promised to FIX IT!

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