New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 27, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Bitter debate expected over birthright citizenship
NEW YORK (AP) — A proposal to change long-standing federal policy and deny citizenship to babies bom to illegal immigrants on U.S. soil ran aground this month in Congress, but it is sure to resurface—kindling bitter debate even if it fails to become law.
At issue is “birthright citizenship" — provided for since the Constitution’s 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868.
Section I of that amendment, drafted with freed slaves in mind, says: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States."
Some conservatives in Congress, as well as advocacy groups seeking to crack down
on illegal immigration, say the amendment has been misapplied over the years, that it was never intended to grant citizenship automatically to babies of illegal immigrants. Thus they contend that federal legislation, rather than a difficult-to-achieve constitutional amendment, would be sufficient to end birthright citizenship.
With more than 70 co-sponsors, Georgia Republican Rep. Nathan Deal tried to include a revocation of birthright citizenship in an immigration bill passed by the House in mid-December. GOP House leaders did not let the proposal come to a vote.
“Most Americans feel it doesn’t make
any sense for people to come into the country illegally, give birth and have a new U.S. citizen,” said Ira Mehlman of the Federation of American Immigration Reform, which backs Deal’s proposal. “But the advocates for illegal immigrants will make a fuss; they’ll claim you’re punishing the children, and I suspect the leadership doesn’t want to deal with that.” Deal has said he will continue pushing the issue, describing birthright citizenship as “a huge magnet” attracting illegal immigrants. He cited estimates — challenged by immigrant advocates — that roughly IO percent of births in the United States, or close to 400,000 a year, are babies born to illegal immigrants.
One year on: World recalls fury of the Indian Ocean tsunami
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a white silk veil over the face of Pope John Paul II just before his coffin was closed, the world mourning with him as it bid farewell to a man known as the first rock-star pontiff.
And there were moments when it was highly disputed:
We watched grainy video showing the face of a braindamaged Florida woman named Terri Schiavo, her eyes perhaps following a balloon, or gazing back at her mother. Deprived of a feeding tube, was she dying as her husband insists she asked? Or should she have been kept alive, as her parents demanded?
At times the suffering seemed inescapable, even like some cruel joke of fate. On July 6, cheers broke out on the London Underground subway as news spread that London had been awarded the 2012 Olympic Games.
“Many people do reckon that London is the greatest city in the whole world at the moment," said Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Not 24 hours later, those same subway cars were filled with smoke and blood and panic. During the morning rush hour, terrorists killed 52 cqmmuters ^Qd injured more than 700 in the worst attack on London since World War II.
“But I was always ready to support my child. And now I have to bury my child. There’s just no words.”
— Kathleen Alcozar
Mother who lost son in Iraq war
One particularly jarring picture taken that day showed a man embracing a dazed subway passenger and leading her away from the Edgware Road station. Her face was wrapped entirely in white gauze, her hands pressed to her cheeks, a ghosdy image of shock.
“This has been a most terrible and tragic atrocity that has cost many innocent lives,” the prime minister said. “This is a very sad day for the British people, but we will hold true to the British way of life.”
Nothing captured the nation’s attention, and evoked national horror and disbelief, like Hurricane Katrina.
The monster barreled toward New Orleans over a late August weekend, seemingly the storm the bowl-shaped, depressed Big Easy had always feared. Then it jogged to the east, devastating the Mississippi coast New Orleans, it was said, had dodged a bullet.
Then the levees broke, and the water rose, and the country watched for a week as a great American city descended into a ruinous scene of looting, shooting, fires and bloated corpses floating in the reeking, toxic muck left behind by the storm.
New Orleanians who had
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Bush — dogged by his remark to Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown that “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job’’ — made trip after trip to the Gulf Coast, and pledged in the French Quarter: “There is no way to imagine America without New Orleans, and this great city will rise again.”
At year's end, the victims of Katrina remained scattered in cities across the nation, unsure when they could return to their homes. The death toll stood at more than 1,300.
And the hurricanes kept coming.
Rita followed four weeks later and tore through east Texas and west Louisiana. Then Wilma slashed through Florida, leaving 6 million people without electricity.
And then they ran out of names. Five new late-season storms were assigned Greek letters, all the way up to Epsilon, which formed in early December, mocking the offi-
cial end of hurricane season Nov. 30.
The war in Iraq raged for a third year, and the war against terrorism entered its fifth, and the nation pondered the meaning of torture and when, if ever, it was appropriate.
American deaths in Iraq topped 2,1 OO. One of them was Pvt. Christopher Alcozer ofVil-la Park, 111., who was 21 and had proposed to his girlfriend just weeks before he was killed Nov. 19 by insurgents brandishing small arms and hand grenadres.
I lis mother, Kathleen Alcozer, said she opposed to the war. “But I was always ready to support my child. And now I have to bury my child,” she said. “There’s just no words.”
It seems ages ago, but a year so defined by tragedy actually began with a bold challenge to end suffering and oppression: President Bush was inaugurated for a second term Jan. 20, and from the Capitol he issued a call for freedom in every nation with the ultimate goal of “ending tyranny in our world.”
Then he watched as his administration suffered an interstate pileup of setbacks: The war. The response to Katrina. Soaring gas prices, past $3 per gallon in some places. A stalled effort to revamp Social Security. The Harriet Miers Supreme Court nomination. r
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Survivors wept and prayed beside mass graves and at beachside memorials Monday, marking one year since earthquake-churned walls of water crashed ashore in a dozen nations, sweeping away hundreds of thousands of lives and uniting the world in grief and horror.
Mourners filled mosques in Indonesia’s shattered Aceh province, the region hit hardest. Candlelight vigils in chilly Sweden remembered citizens lost during sunny holidays. An achingly personal tribute—a bouquet of white roses — stuck in the sand in Thailand.
In a taped message, President Bush recalled “the acts of courage and kindness that made us proud” in the sorrowful days after the disaster. Former President Clinton, the U.N. special envoy for tsunami recovery, promised not to let the world forget its pledges of aid.
Survivors relived the terrible awe they felt when the sea rose as high as 33 feet and surged inland for miles with seemingly unstoppable force, carrying along trees, houses, train cars — and thousands people — in a churning rush.
“I was not afraid at the time,” said Muhammad Yani, 35, who scrambled to the second floor of an Aceh mosque and watched a muddy torrent roiling with people and debris. “I was more aware than ever that my soul belonged to Allah.”
Like most survivors, Yani’s family was devastated. Both his parents and a younger brother were killed.
“It was under the same blue sky, exactly one year ago, that Mother Earth unleashed her most destructive power upon us,” Indonesian President Susi-lo BambangYudhoyono told a crowd at a ceremony in Banda Aceh, provincial capital of Aceh province, which had 156,000 dead and missing.
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