Morning Coffee – From the Mouths of Babes Edition

Yesterday we wrote about some of the unintended consequences of the new Arizona immigration legislation. As with just about every piece of legislation, particularly one that is founded on an emotional reaction rather than a rational response to a problem, there are more unintended consequences than originally thought.

One of those consequences is the impact it may have on American citizens, children born in this country, of people whose immigration status may not be in line with current federal law.

Last night on Countdown they showed an exchange between an Elementary student and First Lady Michelle Obama.

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It’s easy to get caught up in the heat of the moment. Throughout the history of this nation, whenever there has been some kind of economic or social strife, nativist fears have emerged seeking to find a scapegoat to pin problems that really have nothing to do with the individuals being scapegoated.

But when you’re talking about removing the parents of children who, by virtue of being born in this country, are American citizens, you’re going too far.

I understand that there are those who don’t think being born here is enough to make you a citizen. The 14th Amendment disagrees.

What would people like Duncan Hunter propose to ensure that there’s enough “American in our souls” to be called citizens? Citizenship tests? Jim Crow much?

Based on what I’ve seen and heard from the Tea Party element, there are serious doubts that many of them could pass a basic civics exam, much less the actual naturalization test administered by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service.

In any case, the law now is that people born in this country are US Citizens, and it’s going to take an amendment to the Constitution to change that. Shouldn’t our young citizens, at the very least, be allowed to be raised by their natural birth parents, citizens or not?

Seems like a no-brainer to me. In fact, it seems like “Family Values” at it’s core.

Rant off, on to the coffee!

The state AG says a bill that would require proof of citizenship to register to vote may be unconstitutional.

Tennessee doesn’t do too well with the whole consumer protection thing. This is where an elected Attorney General comes in handy. (just sayin’)

Flood damage in Nashville tops two billion dollars.

The 101st Airborne Division deploys to Afghanistan again. Good luck, and Godspeed!

And finally,

Memphis musician Harry Peel is about to go undergo heart surgery. Like many musicians around the country, he has no insurance. At 3pm this Sunday, some friends will hold a benefit to help him out at the Blue Monkey on Madison.

Have a great day, y’all!

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