What Would Abraham Lincoln Say?

The U.S and Canada are said to be the only two major developed countries to grant automatic citizenship to the offspring of foreign nationals whose parents are in the countries without legal authorization. Regarding the U.S., Rasmussen polling noted on August 19:

Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters disagree with the current federal policy that says a child born to an illegal immigrant here is automatically a U.S. citizen….

It is not just “federal policy.” It is a right that stems from nearly 120 years of legal practice based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s interpretation of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment. That amendment was ratified in the aftermath of the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865).

Free Stock Photo: Illustration of a globe.
Free Stock Photo: Illustration of a globe.

The Washington Post tells us as well:

Donald Trump’s call for doing away with birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants has once again focused media attention on the idea and led some of his GOP rivals to signal openness to it….

The pressures of an ongoing, mass immigration, particularly from Mexico and Central America – and especially foreign nationals entering and staying without official permission and having U.S. citizen children – has become a contentious issue among many Americans. It is certainly driving this new debate on birthright citizenship.

Yet any large immigration of even the legal sort always presents challenges to a “host” land. If especially large numbers of incomers appear, that invariably creates various tensions. It may lead us living in that “host” country – accustomed to our established traditions and norms – to wonder about the likes of what we are, what might change for the worse for our children, and perhaps even if our grandchildren might speak a different language:

Excerpt from
Excerpt from “Frontiers,” on the iPad app for Kindle. Click to expand.

And Americans definitely aren’t alone in facing “identity” issues, of course:

Excerpt from
Excerpt from “Frontiers,” on the iPad app for Kindle. Click to expand.

What is the answer to illegal immigration? I won’t even pretend I know. I don’t.

However, before I confront any life problem, I pause, take a deep breath and give my options thorough consideration. In the midst of that, I ask myself this hard question: Will any “solution” actually address the problem or make it worse?….

Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that “all men are created equal.” We now practically read it “all men are created equal, except negroes” When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read “all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.”

….and on this particular issue, before I touched a single law or went anywhere near altering the Constitution, I would also ask myself this: What would Abraham Lincoln say?

Abraham Lincoln, February 1865.
Abraham Lincoln, February 1865.

Have a good Thursday, wherever you are in the world.

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