Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The tragedy in December in Newtown, Connecticut has many people, including President Obama ad members of Congress, talking about the passage of gun control legislation. It apparently is riskier to advocate gun control if you are an immigrant, even a law-abiding one.
CNN's Piers Morgan has been an outspoken advocate of gun control. Huffington Post reported that Morgan's views resulted in a petition submitted to the White House website seeking to deport him from the United States. The petition received over 12,000 signatures. The text reads:
"British Citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment. We demand that Mr. Morgan be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens."
Fortunately, the U.S. immigration laws today do not include the kind of political grounds for deportation that the petition would require. In any event, don't Morgan and other immigrants have a First Amendment right to free speech?