FROM Ernest Istook
The 14th Amendment, Illegal Immigration and the Republican Party South Carolina’s Republican Senator Lindsey Graham created a furor last month by saying that people come to this country “ to have babies .” He said, “it’s called drop and leave,” suggesting that families go home after their newborns have become citizens of the United States under the 14th Amendment . Republicans John McCain and Mitch McConnell have joined Graham’s call for hearings on amending the amendment. Is the current dispute about race? Will it play a role in the November elections?
Illegal Immigration, the 14th Amendment and the Republican Party Anyone born in the US is a citizen of the United States, even if the parents are illegal immigrants. That's the way the 14th Amendment has been applied. Now some Republicans want to amend the amendment, while some say the children of illegals could be factored out by an act of Congress. But other Republicans, including aides to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, say "birthright citizenship" is a proud legacy of the GOP and unique to America. The 14th Amendment gave equal rights to blacks. Is the current dispute about race? Will it play a role in November's elections?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.