Thursday, July 09, 2009
Alaska Congressman Don Young Not A Co-Sponsor Of HR 1868, The Birthright Citizenship Act Of 2009, Which Would Eliminate Anchor Babies
Recently, Alaska Congressman Don Young announced his intention to seek re-election in 2010. He announced early, perhaps to discourage competitors, although he stated that he welcomes competition.
And he can expect competition. Not only does he support the Employees Free Choice Act, but now I've discovered that he is not signing on to a prospective U.S. House bill which would re-define birthright citizenship and eliminate "anchor babies" in the United States. The bill is H.R. 1868, entitled "The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009". It would eliminate birthright citizenship for children born to undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Current U.S. law automatically recognizes any person born on American soil as a natural born citizen. Under the bill, only children with at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen, a legal permanent resident, or an undocumented immigrant serving in the military would be considered citizens.
Except when you look at the list of co-sponsors, Don Young is NOT listed as of July 9th. NumbersUSA is also monitoring four other prospective bills which, in their opinion, would effectively reform immigration. Note that Congressman Young is not listed as a co-sponsor for any of them.
This leads me to question how committed Congressman Young is to defending our nation's sovereignty. Americans for Better Immigration gives him a letter grade of "A" on the issue, but lists no recent votes (his career letter grade is "B+").
I would suggest Alaskans concerned about immigration reform contact Congressman Young and ask him to get on the stick and co-sponsor this bill, as well as the other bills highlighted by NumbersUSA. Remind him that he came within 304 votes of losing the Republican primary in 2008, and that his next primary opponent may not be a milquetoast like Sean Parnell. We appreciate Don Young's years of distinguished service to Alaska, but he needs to know that immigration reform is one of the most important issues of the day, considering that Americans have been losing their jobs. Those Americans need the jobs currently being done by illegals.
Contact Congressman Don Young HERE. And for the rest of you, if you don't see your Congressman's name on the co-sponsor list, contact them and express your concerns. Need some talking points? Visit Kevin Colby's website for a relatively current assessment of the costs of illegal immigration.