2:06 PM Eastern - Friday, June 18, 2010

The Right Wing Unleashed: Deport U.S. Citizen Children?

In Rep. Pearce's world "order" there would be no place for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM), famous astronauts and Olympians

Mass round ups of undocumented immigrants in Arizona isn't enough for state Rep. Russell Pearce. This Republican legislator--who frequently warns of "the invasion" from our southern border--is now calling for mass expulsion of U.S. citizen children. Never mind the Fourteenth Amendment that has long upheld the principle of birthright citizenship--in Pearce's world "order," the U.S.-born children of immigrants who are here on temporary visas and the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants are not welcome.

Sadly, Pearce is not alone in his apocalyptic vision of the world. Gov. Jan Brewer, Rep. Steve King (R-IA), and a growing number of Republican bullies are dead set on squashing the U.S. Constitution and creating a veritable caste system. One of their strongest supporters, the anti-immigrant group FAIR, goes as far as to advocate for denying citizenship to all U.S. born babies "of illegal immigrants or other non-citizens."

Ummm...do they realize that there are more than 38 million non citizens (12.6 percent of the U.S. population) living and working in the U.S. today?

Pearce's latest crusade against immigrants is offensive and fundamentally un-American, but it also won't do a thing to solve our immigration problems. Instead, expelling an untold number of our nation's youth would cost billions, lead to massive social unrest, and rob America of some of our greatest future talent.

Here's a tiny taste of who wouldn't be in America today if Pearce's "American Dream" came true:

Piyush "Bobby" Jindal (born in U.S. on June 10, 1971)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (who is nicknamed after Bobby from the Brady Bunch) was born six months after his parents came over on a student visa. Under Pearce's proposed law, Jindal would have been deported to his birth parents' native India. He would not have gone on to Brown University, to become a Rhode Scholar or Republican Governor of Louisiana.

According to the New York Times, "Piyush Jindal was born on June 10, 1971, in Baton Rouge to Hindu parents who had come to the United States six months before so his mother could pursue a graduate degree in nuclear physics at Louisiana State University." [New York Times, 10/22/07]

Former GOP Senator Pete Domenici's (born in U.S. May 7, 1932)

In 2007 on the Senate floor, Sen. Domenici (R-NM) recounted his mother's arrest by immigration agents, after unwittingly learning she was an undocumented immigrant. "I wish to tell about both my parents who came to this country as aliens... one day during the Second World War, [my mom] was arrested by several men who came in black cars to the backdoor while we four children were playing with marbles... [USA Today, 6/4/07]

Under Pearce's world "order" Domenici would have been deported back to his parents' native Italy and not gone on to serve six terms as a Republican Senator for New Mexico.

According to the New York Times, "Domenici said he decided to tell his story when the hostile rhetoric about illegal immigrants started to boil. He said he wanted to remind his fellow Republicans that the sons and daughters of this century's illegal immigrants could end up in the Senate one day, too. 'I wasn't trying to impress anybody,' he said of his story. 'I think it just puts a little heart and a little soul into this.'" [New York Times, 4/4/06]

U.S. NASA Astronaut Jose Hernandez - (born in U.S. August 7, 1962)

Hernandez, the son of undocumented migrants, orbited the Earth in 2009 after a distinguished career as an engineer where he, among other things, designed the first full-field digital mammography imaging system.

If Pearce's vision were realized, Hernandez would have been deported to his parents' native Mexico.

Astronaut Jose Hernandez took what the Associated Press called "a rare, public stand for a U.S. astronaut on a political, hot-button issue," urging the country to legalize undocumented immigrants. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, Hernandez "was born in California to parents who entered the U.S. illegally in 1957, working as field hands and eventually acquiring permanent residence." [ABC News, 9/14/09; Center for Immigration Studies, 9/8/09]

...This list goes on:

  • Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo
  • Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
  • Republican National Hispanic Assembly Minnesota Chapter Chairman Rick Aguilar

Who else wouldn't be here?

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