Thursday, August 22, 2013
Back to Dred Scott? RNC Pass Resolution Opposing Senate Immigration Reform Bill, Double Down Against Path to Citizenship
Last Friday, the Republican National Committee passed a resolution on immigration reform that lacks any path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants even though allowing some to regularize their immigration status (and remain perpetual noncitizens nontheless). The resolution effectively calls for a permanent caste of worker immigrants who are never able to vote, serve on juries, and have the responsibilities and obligations of other U.S. citizens. In some ways, the status would be akin to the freedman who were denied citizenship under the notorious Supreme Court decisiuon in Dred Scott. Needless to say, the resolution has been criticized.