Elise Foley, Huff Post: House Republicans Go After Birthright Citizenship
Witnesses from the Republican side — John Eastman of the Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, Jon Feere of the Center for Immigration Studies and University of Texas law professor Lino Graglia — all argued against granting automatic citizenship to everyone born in the U.S., either as unnecessary under the law or bad policy.
“It is difficult to imagine a more irrational and self-defeating legal system than one that makes unauthorized entry into the country a criminal offense and simultaneously provides the greatest possible inducement to illegal entry: a grant of American citizenship,” Graglia, who was testifying on behalf of himself and not the university, said during his testimony.
Graglia’s appearance gave another chance for Democrats to go on the offensive. He has a long history of racially insensitive remarks, from allegedly using the derogatory term “pickaninny” to saying black and Hispanic students cannot compete with white students and that it therefore was not “good for whites to be with the lower classes.” Both Gutierrez and Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) brought up his past comments during the hearing.
Amazing but somehow not surprising that the GOP would call an open racist to testify for their nativist agenda. Its hard to imagine why any self-respecting Hispanic would vote GOP given the amount of hatred being focused on their community.