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More — or, Rather, Less — On Birthright Citizenship

Boy, some people just can’t stand the idea that some other people might become citizens in this country, eh? If the problem of birthright citizenship is not the citizenship itself, as Derb’s e-mailer suggests, but the fact that the citizen can petition to get his family members made into citizens, then there’s a simple expedient to fix that: You can change the law. Or you can try remembering that without immigration, there would be about 75 million people in the United States, a nation that now comfortably houses 300 million and could easily accommodate many more. Oh, and if any e-mailer e-mails me angrily AND USES CAPITAL LETTERS TO MAKE HIS POINT, that e-mail goes in the garbage can. As will slurs — both open and subtle — against Spanish-speakers, claims that “this wasn’t the country my father fought for in WWII/Korea/Dominican Republic/Grenada,” and the always popular “why should my tax dollars go and pay for.” There’s plenty of things my tax dollars go and pay for that I don’t like. Welcome to democracy. You don’t like it? Try to change it. Period.

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