There is a pervasive air of superiority in America, a sense of entitlement that comes from being the only superpower in the world. A good number of people (mostly pundits) assume that Americans are somehow special and deserving of special treatment. I remember listening to the G. Gordon Liddy show a year or so back and hearing the producer say that Americans deserve the rights laid out in the Constitution and that no one else did. Her reasoning was that these rights were reserved to those in America only because they were “American Citizens”. The logic was circular, but a telling clue into the minds of those who believe that Americans are superior to the rest of the worlds population. It’s a disturbing trend that continues today. Apparently, members of the House are mulling changing the “birthright” clause of the Constitution in an effort to reduce illegal immigration.
The problem they are trying to address is simple. People are coming to the U.S. and giving birth to a child. This child, by law, is an U.S. citizen. These children, when they come of age are then turning around and sponsoring their parents for citizenship. Of course, the government could deport the parents before the children come of age, but then they split up the family and put a burden on the government to care for the child. So the answer they propose is to eliminate the birth right of children to be U.S. citizens if they are the child of an illegal immigrant.
So why is this wrong? Effectively, we would be setting up a class system of “Us” vs. “Them”, creating a country club of rights in which those born to certain parents are entitle more rights then those born of a different set of parents. And because of how the immigration system is currently set up, undesirables, and the children of undesirables, will be rejected based solely on their parentage. What is more un-American then that?