Who would have guessed that in over a decade America —  the land of the free — is still struggling with the issue of immigration? Illegal immigration. 

This is sad. Yet, it is the perfect example of how insensitive, corrupt, inefficient, dysfunctional and out of touch our national government has become. Needless to say, the heart of the problem originates from ignoring and refusing to enforce the laws of the land; a term our current leadership has rendered ineffectual and meaningless. 

To complicate the situation even further, legitimate solutions are not forthcoming. Sad, sad, sad. The political landscape is now further exacerbated with the debate over “anchor babies,” a term coined probably by conservatives to explain how badly America screwed up in interpreting the 14th Amendment to our Constitution and to accentuate how that provision is being misused and abused by foreigners. The 14th Amendment was adopted on July 9, 1868, as one of the Reconstruction Amendments. 

The amendment addresses citizenship rights and equal protection by the laws, and was proposed in response to issues related to former slaves following the American Civil War. Even as it was proposed, the amendment created controversy and has continued to do so. 

Many believe that the wording of Article I, Section 8 of the Constituion gives Congress the power to “establish  a uniform Rule of Naturalization, which would trump the 14th Amendment.” The answer to that question, of course, lies in the interpretation and determination of the Supreme Court; who knows what they would do in light of other recent decisions they have made with ties to the 14th Amendment? 

But back to the current state of events. Left-wing liberals have lost no time exploiting this circumstance to advance their positions by deploying the politically correct police to demonize the simplistic phrase as demeaning. Really? To whom? Those that are abusing it at American taxpayers’ expense? 

Everyone agrees that illegal immigrants are a major problem, and a costly one at that. Finding a solution is another matter. Amnesty is not an option — at least until the border is secure. Deportation is not really feasible. It is costly and slightly on the barbaric side.

Without a doubt, we know how to find solutions to tough problems - at least when we want to. Any illegal immigrant in America should want to be an American citizen. If not, they must leave. 

Anchor babies? A diversion of rhetoric. Sure, Donald Trump may be leading the clown parade now, but clearly his “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” message is resonating throughout America. Sure, many people say he is not qualified to be president. No argument there. But, they are also saying that after seven years of the Obama administration, so how bad could he really be?

We will see. Thank you for reading Up & Coming Weekly, your community newspaper.

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