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I'm not sure I agree on whether the amendment would pass. Congress may be clueless but the states themselves would be deciding the vote. Imagine if the immigration issue were decided by referendum.

Posted by Duffy at June 27, 2007 01:20 PM

That's a good point, Duff. I had forgotten that 2/3 of the state legislatures could propose an amendment before it being sent to the ratification process.

Posted by Hube at June 27, 2007 01:31 PM

I don't think that's ever happened. Historically, the best shot of a constitutional amendment has always been the path through Congress. It's far easier to get two houses of Congress to pass something than to get 50 states to get their collective acts together. Going throgh Congress focuses attention in a ways a concerted effort to pass an amendment through the states never could.

Posted by Paul Smith at June 27, 2007 03:39 PM

My immediate reaction to such an amendment is extremely negative (actually, I'm pretty negative about all amendments), but I'm curious to hear what the proposal is.

Would it cover only the children of illegal immigrants, or would the children of non-citizens be included? Would the children receive automatic citizenship at age 18, or would there be third-generation illegal residents living under threat of deportation?

Posted by Nels Nelson at June 27, 2007 03:59 PM

Nels: I didn't really catch (if there was a mention) just who proposed any such amendment.

Personally, I suppose it could be workable in that only those here illegally would be affected by such an amendment. Those here legally -- non-citizens included -- could be exempt ... merely for following the law to come to the US.

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