Rich Galen

  • I have been puzzling over why I have approximately zero sympathy for a national boycott in support of illegal immigrants which is planned for today.

  • I am only a second-generation native-born American, so it is not as if I have some claim to citizenship because "my people" have been here since Christopher Columbus got lost and found America.

  • My grandparents came from Poland and Russia just about 100 years ago. Family lore has it that both sets came in through Ellis Island so I presume they followed whatever rules were in effect at the time, but it is only a presumption. My paternal grandfather's name was, I believe, Zukufski, which has never been my name, so there exists the possibility of skullduggery at some point in the process.

  • I see no comparison to plight of illegal immigrants in 2006 to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's.
    (A) Africans didn't exactly sneak in, in fact they were captured, kidnapped, and brought here in chains.

    (B) Most African-Americans can trace their lineage in the United States to the early part of the 1800's if not earlier so they can't exactly go back to their family neighborhood.

    (C) Blacks were the victims of a Constitutionally-approved system of legal, societal, and cultural maltreatment up until only about 50 years ago.

  • Illegal immigrants have none of those attributes:
    (A) They have, by definition, come to the United States willingly - they went to great lengths to sneak in.

    (B) Most have been here in the range of a decade or less so they can return from whence they came and, one suspects, find things pretty much as they left them.

    (C) If ATMs are any example (the first button you have to press tells the machine whether to proceed in English or Spanish), there are laws, rules, and customs which specifically attempt to make it easier - not more difficult - for illegal immigrants to function in the US.

  • A good deal consternation about how to deal with illegal immigrants who have children born in the US. A child born in the US is, under the concept of jus soli, a citizen of the US no matter the status of the child's parents.

  • Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand all changed their laws regarding jus soli citizenship by requiring that at least one parent be a citizen before citizenship is conferred upon the child.

  • Rich Galen

    Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at