Meet thom tillis


is running against Kay Hagan

I am not a one issue voter yet knowing that the GOP and their official candidates have it out for emotional women who need to ALL opt out of abortions  is beyond offensive.  If you go to any conservative website, specifically candidates for Congress you may find that the “family values” platform is top of their list. This pisses me off, but after finding out not only were there some scandalous behavior in his own camp, The GOP want less government run for office  will receive great government health care and  $175K per year.  The notion that Republicans obviously want women to take a few steps backward in time is something  ALL voters should be concerned about … We are all individuals and the respect for freedom and liberty is great as long as it’s on their terms not for the workers ~~ That do as we say NOT as we do is unacceptable for any so-called Public Servant … anyway … I read through his stance on the issues he feels are important and no one wants to take guns away from anyone … We need better background checks for a safer country and it’s too bad mr tillis’s party of no still engages in fear mongering to get a vote

Honored to earn the endorsement of National Right to Life. An excerpt of the release is below. If you’d like to join our faith and family coalition,

“Thom Tillis has been an outspoken leader in the fight to protect innocent human life in North Carolina, and he is the only candidate with a proven record of leadership who can defeat pro-abortion Sen. Kay Hagan this fall,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life.

Under his leadership as Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, the legislature passed a number of measures protecting unborn children and their mothers including:

Women’s Right to Know Act (Speaker Tillis led the effort to override Governor Perdue’s veto of the measure)

• Ethen’s Law recognizing unborn children as victims of violent crime

• Prohibiting North Carolina taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortion or to pay for insurance coverage for abortion

• Health & Safety Law – a 2013 omnibus pro-life bill that included language extending conscience protections to health care providers who oppose abortion, opting North Carolina out of abortion coverage in the federal health care exchange, prohibiting sex-selection abortions, prohibiting abortion from being covered in city and county health care plans, banning web-cam abortions, and issuing regulations of abortion clinics.

In contrast, since being elected to the U.S. Senate, Kay Hagan voted for the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” – better known as Obamacare – which provides government funding for insurance plans that pay for abortion-on-demand, and will lead to the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments. Earlier this year, Hagan voted against a measure that would have protected the religious liberties of employers by protecting them from being forced to purchase health plans that cover drugs and procedures to which they have religious or moral objections.

“Speaker Thom Tillis has earned the support of all pro-life voters and he is the candidate who can defeat Kay Hagan this November,” said David N. O’Steen, Ph.D., National Right to Life executive director. “Why would any pro-lifer cast their ballot for anyone besides Thom Tillis?”

Read the full release here.

- See more at: http://thomtillis.com/national-right-to-life-endorses-tillis/#sthash.nGpWBOfB.dpuf

http://thomtillis.com/tag/2nd-amendment

 so…  mr. tillis says, this is where he stands on the issues …

Under the Obama Administration, big government handouts and bailouts have increased while millions of Americans have lost their jobs. Thom knows that big government doesn’t create jobs—the private sector does. Government has simply become too big, too expensive, and too intrusive in our lives and businesses. In the Senate, Thom will work to shrink the size of our federal government to its core Constitutional role so the private sector can thrive. – See more at: http://thomtillis.com/meet-thom/#sthash.RuheMBTo.dpuf

Thom believes the traditional family is the bedrock of America’s culture and a driver of our nation’s well being. Thom is committed to defending the institution of the traditional family. He believes that marriage is between one man and one woman and believes in protecting the rights of the unborn. Thom believes all life is sacred and as Speaker, he promoted pro-life policies and helped reverse the pro-abortion state policies Democrats had put in place for decades. In the Senate, Thom will promote a culture of life and he will champion the appointment of qualified pro-life judges. – See more at: http://thomtillis.com/meet-thom/#sthash.RuheMBTo.dpuf

 

After a long career in private business, balancing budgets is not just theory; it’s what he does. As the leader of the reform movement that took over the North Carolina legislature, Thom Tillis led the passing of a balanced budget every year he’s been Speaker. Because of these accomplishments, North Carolina has seen a reduction in state debt. In the Senate, Thom will be a stalwart conservative reformer, pushing at every opportunity for the tough decisions it will take to balance the budget every year by cutting spending, and reducing our outrageous $17 trillion national debt. Thom believes in the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” approach – cut spending now, cap spending in the future, and require a balanced budget every year.

 

ObamaCare is a cancer on our national economy and it threatens the quality of every American’s health care. It is paralyzing business expansion, displacing families from the health coverage they have now, raising costs, and threatening the federal treasury for all future years. ObamaCare is ridden with policies that are bad for families, bad for seniors, bad for businesses, and bad for the economy. Thom will fight in the Senate for full repeal of ObamaCare, for defunding ObamaCare, and he will work to implement private sector solutions to reduce healthcare costs for North Carolinians.

- See more at: http://thomtillis.com/meet-thom/#sthash.RuheMBTo.dpuf

 

Our porous border threatens our national security and undermines our rule of law. Thom believes we must provide border patrol agents with the additional resources, personnel, and technology needed to effectually protect us and keep out those who want to do us harm, those who are transporting narcotics, and those who would break our laws. Thom opposes amnesty and he believes Congress should solve our border security crisis now – before it even debates any other changes to our immigration laws.

 

North Carolina families and businesses are suffering greatly as a result of costly and excessive federal government regulation. These unnecessary regulations drive up the cost of everyday purchases such as groceries and cripple small businesses with additional costs and uncontrollable red tape. As a businessman who led the reform movement that swept the North Carolina Capitol, Thom has made regulatory reform his signature crusade. As a result, the state legislature recently passed an extensive regulatory overhaul measure that will free North Carolina businesses of numerous government regulations that hinder economic growth and job creation. In Washington, Thom will continue his fight for regulatory reform to get our oppressive government out of our families and small businesses.

- See more at: http://thomtillis.com/meet-thom/#sthash.RuheMBTo.dpuf

 

Senator Kay Hagan and many like her in Washington are pushing legislation that threatens our constitutional freedom to keep and bear arms and Thom knows now it’s more important than ever that North Carolinians have a strong voice in the Senate to defend our 2nd Amendment rights. In the state legislature, Thom has fought to protect 2nd Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens and pushed to increase criminal penalties for those who don’t. Thom will oppose any gun or ammunition ban in the U.S. Senate and he will fight any effort to require federal permission for firearm transfers between friends and relatives. The Second Amendment is a vital protection for an honest citizenry and it must be defended.

 

As a lifelong businessman, Thom Tillis knows that in order to grow the economy, we must create an environment where businesses can flourish and create jobs. Government needs to get out of the way, so that entrepreneurs and innovators can thrive. Thom’s effort to lead a conservative reform movement to take over the North Carolina legislature helped make our state one of the best places to create new jobs in America.

 

Thom Tillis believes we must restore the original intention of the Constitution and redirect the federal government toward the purposes our founding fathers intended. Government is too big, regulation is too comprehensive, and our liberty is being threatened daily. Thom will steadfastly defend our liberties and fight government over-reach every day. Thom knows that if we do not make a stand now, our grandchildren will live in a nation we would not recognize. The time to act is now for every American who loves freedom.

 

North Carolina agribusinesses are being stifled by federal regulations that threaten their livelihood. As agriculture exports increase, Thom believes we must promote policies that make trade with other nations free and efficient in order to stimulate our economy and allow North Carolina farmers and ranchers to expand their businesses.

- See more at: http://thomtillis.com/meet-thom/#sthash.RuheMBTo.dpuf

 

Where I Stand on the Issues

Under the Obama Administration, big government handouts and bailouts have increased while millions of Americans have lost their jobs. Thom knows that big government doesn’t create jobs—the private sector does. Government has simply become too big, too expensive, and too intrusive in our lives and businesses. In the Senate, Thom will work to shrink the size of our federal government to its core Constitutional role so the private sector can thrive.
Thom believes the traditional family is the bedrock of America’s culture and a driver of our nation’s well being. Thom is committed to defending the institution of the traditional family. He believes that marriage is between one man and one woman and believes in protecting the rights of the unborn. Thom believes all life is sacred and as Speaker, he promoted pro-life policies and helped reverse the pro-abortion state policies Democrats had put in place for decades. In the Senate, Thom will promote a culture of life and he will champion the appointment of qualified pro-life judges.
After a long career in private business, balancing budgets is not just theory; it’s what he does. As the leader of the reform movement that took over the North Carolina legislature, Thom Tillis led the passing of a balanced budget every year he’s been Speaker. Because of these accomplishments, North Carolina has seen a reduction in state debt. In the Senate, Thom will be a stalwart conservative reformer, pushing at every opportunity for the tough decisions it will take to balance the budget every year by cutting spending, and reducing our outrageous $17 trillion national debt. Thom believes in the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” approach – cut spending now, cap spending in the future, and require a balanced budget every year.
ObamaCare is a cancer on our national economy and it threatens the quality of every American’s health care. It is paralyzing business expansion, displacing families from the health coverage they have now, raising costs, and threatening the federal treasury for all future years. ObamaCare is ridden with policies that are bad for families, bad for seniors, bad for businesses, and bad for the economy. Thom will fight in the Senate for full repeal of ObamaCare, for defunding ObamaCare, and he will work to implement private sector solutions to reduce healthcare costs for North Carolinians.
Our porous border threatens our national security and undermines our rule of law. Thom believes we must provide border patrol agents with the additional resources, personnel, and technology needed to effectually protect us and keep out those who want to do us harm, those who are transporting narcotics, and those who would break our laws. Thom opposes amnesty and he believes Congress should solve our border security crisis now – before it even debates any other changes to our immigration laws.
North Carolina families and businesses are suffering greatly as a result of costly and excessive federal government regulation. These unnecessary regulations drive up the cost of everyday purchases such as groceries and cripple small businesses with additional costs and uncontrollable red tape. As a businessman who led the reform movement that swept the North Carolina Capitol, Thom has made regulatory reform his signature crusade. As a result, the state legislature recently passed an extensive regulatory overhaul measure that will free North Carolina businesses of numerous government regulations that hinder economic growth and job creation. In Washington, Thom will continue his fight for regulatory reform to get our oppressive government out of our families and small businesses.
In the state legislature, Thom led a massive tax reform effort that lowered personal income tax for every single North Carolinian and cut business taxes by more than $2.4 billion over the next five years. Thom helped eliminate the existing three-tiered tax bracket system and cut the income tax rate in North Carolina down to a flat, fair 5.8% for 2014 and 5.75% for 2015. In 2011, Thom led the effort to cut taxes by $1.5 billion by allowing Kay Hagan’s tax increases to expire. Thom knows that lower taxes are vital for economic growth and prosperity and he is the only candidate with a proven record of lowering taxes.
Senator Kay Hagan and many like her in Washington are pushing legislation that threatens our constitutional freedom to keep and bear arms and Thom knows now it’s more important than ever that North Carolinians have a strong voice in the Senate to defend our 2nd Amendment rights. In the state legislature, Thom has fought to protect 2nd Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens and pushed to increase criminal penalties for those who don’t. Thom will oppose any gun or ammunition ban in the U.S. Senate and he will fight any effort to require federal permission for firearm transfers between friends and relatives. The Second Amendment is a vital protection for an honest citizenry and it must be defended.
As a lifelong businessman, Thom Tillis knows that in order to grow the economy, we must create an environment where businesses can flourish and create jobs. Government needs to get out of the way, so that entrepreneurs and innovators can thrive. Thom’s effort to lead a conservative reform movement to take over the North Carolina legislature helped make our state one of the best places to create new jobs in America.
Thom Tillis believes we must restore the original intention of the Constitution and redirect the federal government toward the purposes our founding fathers intended. Government is too big, regulation is too comprehensive, and our liberty is being threatened daily. Thom will steadfastly defend our liberties and fight government over-reach every day. Thom knows that if we do not make a stand now, our grandchildren will live in a nation we would not recognize. The time to act is now for every American who loves freedom.
North Carolina agribusinesses are being stifled by federal regulations that threaten their livelihood. As agriculture exports increase, Thom believes we must promote policies that make trade with other nations free and efficient in order to stimulate our economy and allow North Carolina farmers and ranchers to expand their businesses.
As United State Senator, Thom will serve as a strong advocate for our nation’s veterans, fighting to ensure that America keeps her commitment to all those who served. Thom will work to protect quality healthcare for our veterans and oppose any reductions in TRICARE or VA Benefits

- See more at: http://thomtillis.com/meet-thom/#sthash.RuheMBTo.dpuf

 

Under the Obama Administration, big government handouts and bailouts have increased while millions of Americans have lost their jobs. Thom knows that big government doesn’t create jobs—the private sector does. Government has simply become too big, too expensive, and too intrusive in our lives and businesses. In the Senate, Thom will work to shrink the size of our federal government to its core Constitutional role so the private sector can thrive. – See more at: http://thomtillis.com/meet-thom/#sthash.RuheMBTo.dpuf

Honored to earn the endorsement of National Right to Life. An excerpt of the release is below. If you’d like to join our faith and family coalition, click here.

“Thom Tillis has been an outspoken leader in the fight to protect innocent human life in North Carolina, and he is the only candidate with a proven record of leadership who can defeat pro-abortion Sen. Kay Hagan this fall,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life.

Under his leadership as Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, the legislature passed a number of measures protecting unborn children and their mothers including:

• Women’s Right to Know Act (Speaker Tillis led the effort to override Governor Perdue’s veto of the measure)
• Ethen’s Law recognizing unborn children as victims of violent crime
• Prohibiting North Carolina taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortion or to pay for insurance coverage for abortion
• Health & Safety Law – a 2013 omnibus pro-life bill that included language extending conscience protections to health care providers who oppose abortion, opting North Carolina out of abortion coverage in the federal health care exchange, prohibiting sex-selection abortions, prohibiting abortion from being covered in city and county health care plans, banning web-cam abortions, and issuing regulations of abortion clinics.

In contrast, since being elected to the U.S. Senate, Kay Hagan voted for the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” – better known as Obamacare – which provides government funding for insurance plans that pay for abortion-on-demand, and will lead to the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments. Earlier this year, Hagan voted against a measure that would have protected the religious liberties of employers by protecting them from being forced to purchase health plans that cover drugs and procedures to which they have religious or moral objections.

“Speaker Thom Tillis has earned the support of all pro-life voters and he is the candidate who can defeat Kay Hagan this November,” said David N. O’Steen, Ph.D., National Right to Life executive director. “Why would any pro-lifer cast their ballot for anyone besides Thom Tillis?”

Read the full release here.

- See more at: http://thomtillis.com/national-right-to-life-endorses-tillis/#sthash.nGpWBOfB.dpuf

Honored to earn the endorsement of National Right to Life. An excerpt of the release is below. If you’d like to join our faith and family coalition, click here.

“Thom Tillis has been an outspoken leader in the fight to protect innocent human life in North Carolina, and he is the only candidate with a proven record of leadership who can defeat pro-abortion Sen. Kay Hagan this fall,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life.

Under his leadership as Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, the legislature passed a number of measures protecting unborn children and their mothers including:

• Women’s Right to Know Act (Speaker Tillis led the effort to override Governor Perdue’s veto of the measure)
• Ethen’s Law recognizing unborn children as victims of violent crime
• Prohibiting North Carolina taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortion or to pay for insurance coverage for abortion
• Health & Safety Law – a 2013 omnibus pro-life bill that included language extending conscience protections to health care providers who oppose abortion, opting North Carolina out of abortion coverage in the federal health care exchange, prohibiting sex-selection abortions, prohibiting abortion from being covered in city and county health care plans, banning web-cam abortions, and issuing regulations of abortion clinics.

In contrast, since being elected to the U.S. Senate, Kay Hagan voted for the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” – better known as Obamacare – which provides government funding for insurance plans that pay for abortion-on-demand, and will lead to the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments. Earlier this year, Hagan voted against a measure that would have protected the religious liberties of employers by protecting them from being forced to purchase health plans that cover drugs and procedures to which they have religious or moral objections.

“Speaker Thom Tillis has earned the support of all pro-life voters and he is the candidate who can defeat Kay Hagan this November,” said David N. O’Steen, Ph.D., National Right to Life executive director. “Why would any pro-lifer cast their ballot for anyone besides Thom Tillis?”

Read the full release here.

- See more at: http://thomtillis.com/national-right-to-life-endorses-tillis/#sthash.nGpWBOfB.dpuf

Honored to earn the endorsement of National Right to Life. An excerpt of the release is below. If you’d like to join our faith and family coalition, click here. “Thom Tillis has been an outspoken leader in the fight to … – See more at: http://thomtillis.com/#sthash.3AR3lGGI.dpuf
Honored to earn the endorsement of National Right to Life. An excerpt of the release is below. If you’d like to join our faith and family coalition, click here. “Thom Tillis has been an outspoken leader in the fight to … – See more at: http://thomtillis.com/#sthash.3AR3lGGI.dpuf

Meet Republican Tom Cotton …


running against Mark Pryor

U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, you may remember, was a co-sponsor of the “Life at Conception Act,” a so-called personhood measure which would give full constitutional rights to each “preborn human person” at the “moment of fertilization. In addition to being a frontal assault on Roe v. Wade, the bill (likely unconstitutional) could ban certain forms of birth control such as IUDs or the morning-after pill. (It could also potentially force women into dangerous pregnancies and to deliver babies that can’t survive outside the womb, or force families in situations like this to keep a braindead woman on life support). COTTON: Co-sponsored bill that could ban certain forms of birth control. Click the graphic for the complete article  COTTON: Co-sponsored bill that could ban certain forms of birth control.

 

 

http://youtu.be/AsYW7rrfwV8

I know no candidate is perfect but if they are running to represent you as a Public Servant there are certain mandatory things they should all live up to … like the oath they take, which is seemingly being tossed aside by Republicans

I am sure there must be more information about where Tom Cotton stands on the issues …. do your research

I have to say that having spent a few minutes looking for actual comments from Mr.Cotton about the issues facing our 21st Century lives is not readily available. I went to plenty of sites, but one that claims they are a factcheck site seemed somewhat biased against mark pryor though they did divulge that Rep tom cotton did have an association or worked with the insurance industry at one time stating, “Cotton’s insurance experience is limited to consulting work for a federal agency.” This seems significant to me, but I am no expert.  The article does not think his consulting work is important, but seems to use the potato paatato meme quite often in their fact checking when his constituents deserve to know what part he played as an insurance consultant. I have a problem with the bottom line! That Rep.Tom Cotton seems to back stripping seniors of Medicare, assuming women have no common sense, backing  any budget coming from Rep.Paul Ryan – Those are just a few of many issues that seems buried in a lot of the surface articles concerning Mr. Cotton. So, it would be in the best interest of the People in Arkansas to ask questions of Tom Cotton … Where do you stand in this 21st Century life? Climate Change, Reproductive Rights, Immigration, ACA and tell your constituents why the GOP has no viable replacement bills plans to replace anything they may want to repeal ? I think the lack of plans offered up proves just how unqualified the 113th Republican members of Congress are

 

 

Civil Rights Activist Rosa Parks


 

On This Day: February 4

Rosa Parks
Born: February 4, 1913
Died: October 24, 2005
Age: 92 years old
Birthplace: Tuskegee, AL, United States
Occupation: Activist

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Thoughts and prayers


After yet another horrific tragedy in Fort Hood this week, we here at the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility would like to offer our thoughts and prayers for all of those affected by this terrible event.

But we know all too well that our thoughts and prayers aren’t enough — we have to offer something more. It is times like this that we are reminded that only together can we address gun violence in our communities, here in our state and across the nation.

Fort Hood Needs More than Our Prayers

We in Washington State are standing together and taking the first step in addressing this problem: We’re going to bring I-594, which would apply existing background checks to all firearm sales in Washington, to the ballot in November.

Take a stand. Join us. Become part of the solution at our Ju‌ne 2‌n‌d event — just click here to RSVP.

In the face of these tragedies, we need to join hands and work together to make our state safer — and we can’t do it without you.

Thank you,

Zach Silk
Campaign Manager
Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility

 

IMMIGRATION: a repost from 2010 ThinkProgrss


The Neo-Know Nothings

In the heat of the fiery debate over Arizona’s anti-immigrant law SB-1070, a new attack on immigrant rights is burgeoning within the Republican Party. On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined a growing number of GOP policymakers seeking to review or revoke the citizenship clause of 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which states that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.” While the call to revoke this birthright citizenship was traditionally confined to fringe political parties and right-wing demagogues, the rising call to repeal the amendment is becoming a mantra of the Republican mainstream. But in championing reform of birthright citizenship, Republican lawmakers are directly undermining “revered U.S. constitutional traditions” and reversing “one of our nation’s unique achievements, embodied in the current president and many others: that descent does not mean destiny.”

FRINGE POLITICS: The effort to revoke birthright citizenship has traditionally been a tenet of fringe, right-wing political groups. Indeed, the anti-immigrant bigotry expressed by contemporary right-wing radicals like former congressman Tom Tancredo reflects the xenophobia present around the time that the 14th Amendment was adopted. In the 1840s and 1850s, the nativist, anti-immigrant Know Nothing Party “rose to prominence” at the “zenith of Boston’s anti-Irish feeling” by opposing “foreign immigration” of Irish Catholics and believing that “Americans must rule America.” As Mother Jones’ Jen Phillips points out, “when you substitute the tea party for the Know Nothings, and Mexicans and Latinos for the Irish, and Phoenix for Boston,” the Know Nothing stance provides a “pretty accurate” reflection of today’s right-wing anti-immigrant sentiment. Another long-standing radical group, the John Birch Society, has been “speaking out” against immigration since 1963 and has called for “congressional action to end automatic birthright citizenship for children born to illegal immigrants.” While the Society insists it represents a mainstream members “from all walks of life,” conservative leader William Buckley “famously denounced” the Society in the early 1960s as “‘idiotic’ and ‘paranoid.’” Now, the Tea Party has picked up the banner, with Kentucky Senate candidate and Tea Party favorite Rand Paul (R) insisting that the constitutional right to citizenship “should be stopped.” A tell-tale sign of the radical nature of today’s right-wing demagoguery is the increasingly virulent rhetoric, characterizing undocumented workers as an “invading army,” using children to secure public benefits and demonizing them as “anchor babies,” a “politically charged term” used to “make these children sound non-human” and “to spark resentment against immigrants.” A “widely circulated” and blatantly sexist email by Minutemen member and Patriots Coalition founder Al Garza said “we need to target the mother” to address “the anchor baby racket” because “men don’t drop anchor babies, illegal alien mothers do.” Last year, Fox News host Glenn Beck sought to legitimize this sentiment, saying “the anchor baby thing has hacked me off…that baby is a child. It’s an anchor. It’s an anchor to stay here. … Why do we have automatic citizenship upon birth?”

MAINSTREAMING THE FRINGE: While previously relegated to the margins of the right wing, Republican policymakers are now embracing the extreme viewpoint and bringing the “anchor baby,” anti-birthright rhetoric into the legislative arena. After crafting the draconian SB-1070 law, Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce (R) has set his sights on an “anchor baby bill” — because granting citizenship to children of undocumented immigrants born on U.S. soil is somehow an “outrageous” “violation of the 14th Amendment.” Despite the twisted logic, Pearce’s idea echoes a burgeoning trend on Capitol Hill. Since 1995, Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA) has tried and failed seven times to pass legislation that would repeal or reinterpret the 14th Amendment. Reflecting growing popularity, Bilbray is receiving help from senior Republican Rep. Lamar Smith (TX), whose legislation to deny birthright citizenship has 93 cosponsors, including House Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Price (GA). While these efforts have precedent in the House, the notion of 14th Amendment revision is now taking hold in the Senate. Once thought to be a proponent of comprehensive immigration reform, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced last week that he is considering a constitutional amendment to overturn birthright citizenship because that constitutional right is “a mistake.” Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) supported congressional hearings into the amendment that would question whether citizenship is “a reward” for “illegal behavior.” And Sen. McCain (R-AZ), who once preferred a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants over “pleas[ing] the political extremists,” joined his colleagues in calling for hearings against the amendment. In embracing a traditionally radical idea, these senators have moved to the right of outspoken immigration hawks like Lou Dobbs, who insist that “the rule of law” requires recognizing children of undocumented immigrants as “citizens of this country.”

CHANGING THE CONSTITUTION: In their rush to eradicate birthright citizenship from the Constitution, Republican lawmakers are “squarely outside the American tradition.” As a Center for American Progress (CAP) report explains, the conservatives base their exclusive view on “specious” legal reasoning around the Dred Scott v. Sanford case, which found that “only descendants of those fortunate enough to be embraced by the founding generation could claim citizenship.” Conservatives insist that the framers of the 14th Amendment rectified the citizenship issue solely for slave descendants and did not intend it to be extended to immigrants. But, as the CAP report notes, framers of the 14th Amendment “explicitly rejected” that notion of America as a “country club.” As one framer put it at the time, “we are entirely ready to accept” that under the proposed amendment, “children born here” of immigrant parents “shall be declared by the Constitution of the United States to be entitled to civil rights and to equal protection before the law with others.” In two landmark decisions, the Supreme Court verified this “clear constitutional mandate” of birthright citizenship, ruling in 1982 that the “fourteenth amendment extends to anyone, citizen or stranger” regardless if “a person’s initial entry into a State, or the United States, was unlawful.” Not only would Republican efforts overturn the Supreme Court’s “time-tested reading” of the Constitution, but their “regressive approach” would have practical implications on American competitiveness, as evidenced by Germany’s restrictions on citizenship for migrant workers. Now, in Germany, “nearly half of foreign students” and “most children from migratory backgrounds, are assigned to the lowest educational track (Hauptschule), which primarily prepares them for low-skilled jobs.” Germany also has the largest disparity in an OECD study that examines immigrant versus native student academic performance. In “a startling contrast,” the majority of the 40 finalists in the 2010 Intel Science Talent Search were first-generation Americans, children of immigrants born on U.S. soil. By removing the constitutional citizenship right, Republicans would flout the Constitution and risk undermining unique achievement within the American citizenry.