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Conservatives and Citizenship

jmg11 Wrote: Mar 08, 2013 2:05 AM
(2/2) They should never be eligible for citizenship because: 1) They are the clients of a large criminal enterprise that smuggled them into the US. 2) They paid thousands to smugglers for the purpose of leeching off us. 3) They cut in line ahead of their betters. 4) They buy what the smuggler does not own and cannot sell. The criminals need to be slapped down and shown up as incapable of delivering what they promise. 5) What the aliens are doing to their own children is ugly, and it is -- without remainder -- the parents' fault. A most condign punishment is to force the parents to explain their conduct to their own children. Adios, Senora C. Come back next month for another round.

Jeb Bush's recent backtracking on the question of whether we should grant legal residency but withhold citizenship to the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the country today is far less draconian than some advocates for legalization are claiming. It is an idea that has been floated by others who support legalization, including scholar Peter Skerry of Boston College.

As Skerry points out in a recent article for National Affairs, not all immigrants -- and certainly not all of those who came here illegally -- want to become citizens. In 1986, when Congress granted legal status to approximately three million...