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Reid Flip-Flops on Birthright Citizenship

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Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) is channeling his inner John Kerry. Kerry (in)famously tried to explain his stance on the Iraq War by saying he “voted for it, before he voted against it.” Reid is now doing the same on birthright citizenship. 

Reid introduced a bill in 1993 to end birthright citizenship. In 2010, Reid can’t fathom why anyone would have a problem with it. 

Birthright citizenship refers to a provision of the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution which grants any person born on American soil citizenship. The origin of the provision was to ensure that the children of freed slaves were treated as citizens under state law in the former Confederate states.  

Reid’s 1993 bill includes a summary of it’s intent: 

A bill to curb criminal activity by aliens, to defend against acts of international terrorism, to protect American workers from unfair labor competition, and to relieve pressure on public services by strengthening border security and stabilizing immigration into the United States. 

That sounds suspiciously like the Republican agenda, doesn’t it? 

Yet, Politico reports Reid’s recent take on the GOP discussion about birthright citizenship: 

I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK?

Today, the birthright citizenship provision is a key issue in the illegal immigration debate. Children born to illegal aliens in the US are legal citizens and can’t be deported. This allows their illegal-status parents to remain in the US. Because of this, these children are sometimes referred to as “anchor babies”. 

According to the non-partisan Pew Research Center one in thirteen births are children of illegals. This translated into nearly 340,000 births in 2008. By 2009, 4 million such anchor babies resided in the US with their illegal-status parents. 

The truth is Harry Reid is a weathervane — pointing in all directions at once. When the unions needed him to limit immigration to save jobs, Reid was in favor of repealing birthright citizenship. Now, he’s trying to win Hispanic votes through a U-turn. 

On November 2nd we’ll all find out if the winds in Nevada finally blew against Reid. 

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Written by kensten

08/14/2010 at 2:30 pm

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