Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Metcalfe Off to a Quick Start with Unconstitutional Anti-Immigrant Bill

In session less than a day, and the Pennsylvania Legislature is already making us work.  State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe of Butler County is proposing a state law that would attempt to subvert the 14th Amendment, denying birth certificates to U.S. citizen babies born in the United States to immigrant parents.  

Metcalfe announced his intentions today at a press conference with lawmakers from 40 other states, as a solution to America's fictional problem with "anchor babies," and the even-more-hysterical-and-fictional "terror babies."  

The ACLU strongly opposes any such bill, and points out that no such state law will hold up in court against the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  That won't stop Daryl Metcalfe and his companions from wasting taxpayer time and money on discrimination and fear-mongering.

Incidentally, you can catch Daryl Metcalfe, and ACLU of Pennsylvania Legislative Director Andy Hoover, discussing this issue on CNN's "Situation Room" tonight.  We're not sure exactly what time, but it should be between 5:00 and 7:00 PM.

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