Posted: January 12th, 2011 by Militant Libertarian
Mili Note: My friend Jeff Greenspan, who is a big part of the AZ C4L sent this to me. He will be on Jack Stockwell’s show on K-Talk (KTKK AM-630) tomorrow early in the a.m.
What does the bill really do?
We absolutely need to solve the illegal immigration problem. We should NOT solve it through amnesty.
The best and correct solution is to secure the border. That means physically secure the border AT the border. Internal enforcement is suboptimal and creates costs and regulatory burden for American citizens and private enterprise, contrary to “Reagan Republicanism” which intended to REDUCE government costs and burdens on American citizens and private enterprise.
There is a lot of news regarding a state legislative “solution” to the “problem” of 14th amendment birthright citizenship. But before we conservatives succumb to the standard Hegelian dialectic of problem, reaction, solution (the solution being what big government wants) we need to assess good solutions versus bad solutions.
A bad solution would be the federalization of state birth certificates. A bad solution would be the denial of a birth certificate to the child of a legal citizen. A bad solution would be to require legal citizens to use and produce national ids before their newborn can get a citizen’s birth certificate. A bad solution would be that legal Arizona state citizens are prevented from getting a birth certificate for their newborn unless the US Department of Homeland Security first gives permission to do so.
The US Department of Homeland Security? How did they come into the picture? “Conservative” state legislators wrote them into the bill!
Again, you have to watch what politicians DO not what they say. The US Department of Homeland Security is a federal agency.
The new birth certificate bill says that NO PERSON can obtain the 1st class (citizen) birth certificate for their newborn unless (VOILA!) they provide an Arizona license and at least one parent passes a Homeland Security citizenship “instacheck”.
Hold on a second. Wasn’t this a “states’ rights” solution? Isn’t this a conservative bill? Conservatives don’t yield state powers and put them into the hands of the federal executive. Conservatives don’t EXPAND the size and scope of federal government intrusion into their law abiding citizen’s lives.
And, yet, that’s exactly what this bill does. It federalizes Arizona birth certificates, putting the power to issue birth certificates into the hands of the feds. It EXPANDS federal government power over the state and state citizens. It EXPANDS federal government size, scope, spending, power and intrusion into citizens’’ lives.
However, there is a solution that accomplishes the VERY SAME THING as the Arizona bill being put forward by Arizona “conservatives”. It maintains state sovereignty. It BINDS the hands of the federal government. It protects the data of law abiding state citizens on file with the state and it keeps the power for issuing birth certificates in the hands of the state and AWAY from the feds.
The ConstitutionalAlliance.com has model legislation that is running in several states including Michigan, where it has been introduced first. Be sure to read about it on constitutionalalliance.com
Do not accept what fake “conservative” legislators tell you about this bill. They will say anything to make it look like they are conservative when they are not. Be sure to READ their bill. Do not accept their word. Read for YOURSELF.
The Arizona bill is ANTI-States Rights. It federalizes the Arizona birth certificates for citizens, turning it into another form of national id, handing over all data to the US Department of Homeland Security.
Where in the constitution does it state that a federal executive bureaucratic agency has the power to determine who is a citizen and who is not? It doesn’t. Where did the founding fathers say it? They didn’t. In fact, they were quite emphatic to the contrary. The federal executive (US Department of Homeland Security or ANY federal agency) should specifically NOT have this power. The power belongs to Congress, the states or the people. Giving that power to the federal executive, as the Arizona bill does specifically goes against the intentions and word of the founding fathers.