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Anchor Babies and Foreign Laws

In her column of 8/18/2010, Ann coulter makes yet another obzervation regarding liberal hypocrisy.

Liberals/progressives/leftists in this country constantly try to get U.S. courts to make decisions based not on U.S. law, but on foreign law. There is, however, one notable exception: anchor babies.

But when it comes to anchor babies, The New York Times and the entire Democratic establishment plug their ears and hum rather than consider foreign laws on citizenship. (For more on this, see “Mexican immigration law versus U.S. immigration law.”)

Needless to say, America is the only developed nation that allows illegal aliens to gain full citizenship for their children merely by dropping them on U.S. soil.

The article goes on to cite the immigration policies of Sweden (usually a leftist’s dream), Britain, and Canada. Looks like we are the only ones to allow anchor babies. Of course, the left would argue that the 14th Amendment causes that, but the phrase “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” does not require that interpretation.

Anyway, the idea of using foreign laws to influence American court decisions has always been repulsive to me. Foreign laws are made by foreign leaders using foreign methods to meet foreign needs. While there are certainly elements common to all humanity, there are also regional variations based on geography, culture, and other factors that cannot allow a cookie-cutter mentality toward shaping laws. This applies within the 50 United States. What works in Maine might not necessarily work in Arizona. It applies even more so from one country to another. Foreign laws are also made by foreign legislatures whose methods might be illegal in the U.S. We are bound by our constitution, not foreign constitutions.

Foreign law might work for foreign countries, but it often goes against our laws, our traditions, our culture, our Constitution, and our liberty. If people want to adopt an idea from another country, let them put it before the Congress, or the state legislatures. Let our legislators study them, debate them, and modify them as necessary to meet our needs. Using foreign ideas to influence American court decisions thus bypassing the people’s elected representatives is a subversion of the sovereignty of the people and is (in my mind) close to treason.

Besides, it just doesn’t fit. The culture, economies, people, traditions, and constitutions of other countries are sufficiently different from ours to render them functionally incompatible. Trying to use foreign law to render court decisions in the U.S. is like trying to play Monopoly using the rules from Risk.

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Gov Jan Brewer of Arizona responds

Arizona governor: Boycott is misguided

In this article, Gov Jan Brewer of Arizona responds to the calls from the left to boycott Arizona and anything even remotely associated with Arizona.

One of the comments on the page struck me.

C.J.SNOW says: May 6, 2010, 3:28 PM ET
Since the NBA and in particular, the Phoenix (Los) Suns have came out in opposition to the Arizona law, I say we all show up at the next game without tickets and demand to be let in. Demand to be fed. Demand to be given shelter. Demand that during the game, they have some educational program for our children just for starters.

I think that speaks for itself.

Of course, we could just take a page from the leftists’ playbook and claim that the only reason that anyone opposes Gov. Brewer is sexism.

In response to the boycotts that may or may not be happening, Stand With Arizona and other groups have organized a BUYcott to encourage people to support Arizona businesses. Also see the list of Arizona businesses
The BUYcott has organized a facebook page
Follow the BUYcott at @ArizonaBUYcott

They have planned an event in Phoenix on May 29, 2010 for people to stand in support of Arizona.

Stand With Arizona
Buycott Arizona
Tea Party Patriots

Follow Gov. Brewer at @GovBrewer

Of course, Obama thinks all this is funny.

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