A recent article published at Politico.com asked, “What makes an American?” That question and the implications arising from the many answers being proffered to it have attracted the attention of pundits and politicians since the passage earlier in the year of S.B. 1070 by the Arizona legislature.
Controversy surrounds the recent arrest of an illegal immigrant in Gwinnett County Georgia, part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. On August 23, MyFoxAtlanta reported that authorities have no plans to deport illegal immigrant Celso Campo-Duartes, who was convicted in a deadly hit-and-run accident and arrested for multiple traffic violations.
Left-wing activists are upset that the U.S. Government is deporting too many illegal immigrants who don’t have “serious” criminal records, the Miami Herald reports. “Few deported aliens have serious criminal records, activists say,” ran the headline in the paper. Question is, what do the activists and the Herald consider a “few”? The number apparently hovers at about 40,000.
On August 12, Devin Dwyer of ABC News wrote that eight percent of U.S. births are to illegal immigrants, each child becoming a U.S. citizen at birth, by virtue of our federal government's application of the 14th Amendment, while one or both of the parents remains undocumented. He referenced a report by the Pew Hispanic Center, one of seven projects of the Pew Research Center, a Washington-based think tank that provides information on trends and issues shaping the U.S. and the world.