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Published: Thursday, March 3 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

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Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Mr. Will has identified the two problems with illegal immigration: Automatic citizenship to children born in the United States who parents are illegal aliens and pandering to the vote.

As he suggests, the Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the 'meaning' of the 14th Amendment. Sane people know that the 14th Amendment birthright/citizenship clause was written to protect the newly-freed slaves. Only desperate liberals, whose ranks diminish as people learn to think for themselves, instead of listening to the liberal garbage that promotes class warfare and class envy, would turn a blind eye to illegal immigration.

Why would either party want support from illegal aliens? Why would either party want to appease those who believe in illegal immigration? Why would either party put politics before ethics?

Any politician who tells us that his hands are tied when it comes to illegal immigration should be retired at the next election. He is not doing his duty and he is not fulfilling his oath of office.

Illegal immigration is a MAJOR problem. It needs MAJOR attention.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Mr. George F. Will, don't use Orwellian double speak to confuse the issue. These are referenced studies combine legal and illegal immigrants. Ask the GOP since when is business more important than enforcing the laws of the land?. The real illegal immigration enforcer in Utah would be to stop this birthright citizenship of more welfare pups, and start to favor ending birthright citizenship and report and then allow ICE to deport them all, right here and now. Not tomorrow. It's long over due. Like it ot not, that's still my view, and the truth. The GOP should quit pandering for their vote's and pass law's with real teeth in them, to rid our Great Nation of them, and make them all walk abck to their own Country or swim, and get out of our Country that belongs to us, not illegal's.

Bountiful, UT

Article: "He (Rep. Lamar Smith) favors ending birthright citizenship as currently administered and thinks it is possible to "write a statute to get five votes" on the court."

The only way that will happen is IF the Supreme Court overturns previous precedent in multiple Court decisions. The chances of that happening are two: none, and next to none.

Several U.S. Supreme Court decisions, beginning with [United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 in 1898]; the Court affirmed that, under the 14th Amendment, a child born in the United States of parents of foreign descent becomes a citizen of the United States at the time of birth. Through subsequent Supreme Court decisions (1939, 1967, 1982, 1985, and 2004), and Congressional action in the case of Native Americans (they are now U.S. citizens), it has been clearly affirmed via the 14th Amendment, that anyone born in the United States becomes a citizen of the United States at the time of birth regardless of the immigration status of the parents. Only children born to foreign diplomats are excluded.

The only way to change automatic birthright citizenship is to change the 14th Amendment via another constitutional amendment.

Bountiful, UT

Post Script: However, other than the one issue regarding the methodology of changing birthright citizenship (see my comment above), I do agree with the other positions and assessment that Rep. Lamar Smith has regarding solutions to the illegal immigration problem (border fence, workplace enforcement, etc.). But we need to be willing to pay for it with our tax dollars. This is one area of expenditures that needs to be increased; not cut. More federal enforcement is the key.

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