By Tracy Dingmann
We like this post from blogger Matt Reichbach, who blogs at NMFBIHOP.com and writes occasionally at the New Mexico Independent.
In the post from NMFBIHOP last night, Reichbach linked to an interesting post from the SEIU blog. The SEIU post that noted that, under the drive currently being pushed by some U.S. lawmakers to revoke the 14th Amendment to the Constitution and withdraw citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants who are born in America – former New Mexico U.S. Senator Pete Domenici would have not been considered an U.S. citizen.
That’s St. Pete to all you old-timers who remember how Domenici brought home the bacon for New Mexico all those years.
Here’s an explanation of Domenici’s situation, from the SEIU blog:
Former GOP Senator Pete Domenici’s (born in U.S. May 7, 1932)
In 2007 on the Senate floor, Sen. Domenici (R-NM) recounted his mother’s arrest by immigration agents, after unwittingly learning she was an undocumented immigrant. “I wish to tell about both my parents who came to this country as aliens… one day during the Second World War, [my mom] was arrested by several men who came in black cars to the backdoor while we four children were playing with marbles… [USA Today, 6/4/07]
Under Pearce’s world “order” Domenici would have been deported back to his parents’ native Italy and not gone on to serve six terms as a Republican Senator for New Mexico.
According to the New York Times, “Domenici said he decided to tell his story when the hostile rhetoric about illegal immigrants started to boil. He said he wanted to remind his fellow Republicans that the sons and daughters of this century’s illegal immigrants could end up in the Senate one day, too. ‘I wasn’t trying to impress anybody,’ he said of his story. ‘I think it just puts a little heart and a little soul into this.'” [New York Times, 4/4/06]
SEIU says others who’d be deemed non-Americans under the proposal include former U.S. Atty General Alberto Gonzales, astronaut Jose Hernandez and Lousiania Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Just a little something for everyone to think about as they talk about immigration reform.