In an article published this morning by National Review Online simply headlined, “End Birthright Citizenship Now,” Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) Executive Director Mark Krikorian further contributed to the organized anti-immigrant movement’s ongoing attacks on the 14th Amendment.
Over the last week, the movement has lent its support to Sen. David Vitter’s (R-LA) latest effort – a cynical attempt to inject nativist provisions into legislation aimed to counter human trafficking.
Claiming that President Obama’s lawful executive actions providing temporary deportation relief for some undocumented immigrants have negated any claims that the current interpretation of the 14th Amendment does not increase illegal immigration, current policy “has outlived its usefulness,” Krikorian writes. To remedy the situation, Krikorian proposes a change in the law be paired with an “amnesty for long-term settled immigrants” following the implementation of increased enforcement measures advancing the nativist agenda of “self-deportation.”
Krikorian’s proposal is not feasible.
The enforcement policies he lays on the negotiating table are meant to drive undocumented immigrants first from their jobs, second from their homes, and third from the country. This is likely to happen because the lag of time between these enforcement policies passing and the process of his so-called “amnesty” being implemented would — not could — be years–likely longer given the present rate at which Congress (doesn’t) work. Such application processes like Krikorian’s so-called “amnesty” are paid for by the applicants and come at no cost to tax payers; fees have recently ranged from around $600 to $1000 which prove steep for those working low-income jobs full-time. But without gainful employment for a significant length of time, these fees become impossible obstacles to citizenship.
But, Krikorian and his organization know this; this is the point. His “bargain” is a self-deportation boondoggle disguised as a solution.
Again, we recall the tag-line of the Center for Immigration Studies, “Low-Immigration, Pro-immigrant,” and again we understand the disingenuousness that Krikorian and CIS seek to inject into the immigration debate.
We have added the above to our timeline that collects and proves that Krikorian and the organization that employs him are genuinely anti-immigrant.