Fischer’s Weirdest Idea Yet?

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Bryan Fischer has said some really bizarre things over the years, but his latest argument seems particularly baffling to me. He claims that the entire reason the United States exists is to spread the gospel all over the world, which would come as quite a shock to the men who founded the country and failed to mention that. But further, he says that illegal immigration somehow harms our ability to do so. … [Read more...]

White Supremacists Just Love Donald Trump


I wrote the other day about all the people at Donald Trump's campaign rallies spouting racist things in support of him, but it turns out it goes much deeper than that. A whole bunch of prominent white supremacist groups, individuals and websites are endorsing Trump as fast as they can. Political Research Associates and the Southern Poverty Law Center are monitoring and documenting all those endorsements. … [Read more...]

Titus: We Should Only Allow Christian Immigration

Many years ago, a couple friends of mine put me in touch with Herb Titus, former dean of Pat Robertson's Regent School of Law, after I had written a blog post referring to him as a Christian Reconstructionist. Turns out he's not, but only for technical theological reasons. There is no question that the man is a genuine theocrat, he's made no bones about that. And now he says that we should only allow Christians to emigrate to the United States. … [Read more...]

And Now, a Message From Donald Trump Supporters


Donald Trump spoke to a crowd of around 20,000 in Mobile, Alabama on Friday and there was much fun to be had. He gave his usual rambling, incoherent stump speech, much of it packed with false claims and wild exaggerations. But the real fun was in talking to his fans to find out why they support him. I'm sure you'll be shocked to find out that a whole bunch of them are racist bigots who just love his xenophobic attacks on immigrants. … [Read more...]

Birthright Citizenship and Originalism


Garrett Epps, a constitutional law professor from the University of Baltimore and one of the nation's foremost experts on the 14th Amendment, has a column at The Atlantic thoroughly debunking the conservative argument against birthright citizenship based upon the original intent of that amendment. As Republicans are proposing both a statutory change and a constitutional amendment to eliminate birthright citizenship, this is an important thing to keep in mind: … [Read more...]

Mickelson Stands By Slavery Plan, Hosts Another Presidential Candidate

Jan Mickelson

Iowa right wing radio host Jan Mickelson is not backing down from his appalling suggestion that immigrants who are in the country illegally should be rounded up and made slaves of the state. He told Media Matters that his idea is "constitutionally defensible, legally defensible, morally defensible, biblically defensible and historically defensible." And then Ted Cruz went on his show as if he wasn't a horrible piece of shit. … [Read more...]

There Is No ‘Anchor Baby’ Problem


To hear the right wing tell it, millions of people from all over the world -- but mostly from Mexico, of course -- are constantly streaming into the United States illegally in order to have babies because that baby is automatically a citizen and therefore their parents can't be kicked out of the country. Janell Ross at the Washington Post shows that this entire narrative is one big lie. … [Read more...]

Birthright Citizenship and the 14th Amendment


Since 1991, the Republican party has repeatedly advocated against the idea of birthright citizenship, which is clearly enshrined in the 14th Amendment and has been held by the courts to be the proper interpretation of the citizenship clause of that amendment since 1898. That case, United States v Wong Kim Ark, highlights some of the ironies of the conservative position on this issue on several fronts. … [Read more...]

Carson Okay With Drone Strikes to Stop Illegal Immigration

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Ben Carson is once again showing that he is a rank amateur when it comes to campaigning and is hopelessly clueless on matters of public policy. While meeting with one of those unhinged county sheriffs who think they're the highest authority in the country, Carson responded to a question by saying that he's okay with using drone strikes to combat illegal immigration because "this is a war we are fighting." … [Read more...]

Right Wing Radio Host Wants to Turn Immigrants Into Slaves

Jan Mickelson

Being a right-wing radio talk show host must be very difficult. If you want to get noticed, you have to somehow find a way to say things even more bizarre and outrageous than people like Michael Savage, Steve Deace and Rick Wiles. Iowa wingnut host Jan Mickelson is apparently up to the task, saying that instead of deporting immigrants who are here illegally, we should round them up and turn them into slaves. … [Read more...]

Doocy Agrees With Trump on 14th Amendment


Steve Doocy, the dumbest man on television, delivered a typically ignorant soliloquy in support of Donald Trump's claim that the 14th Amendment does not grant birthright citizenship. And his "reasoning" is that hoary old bit of absurdity long used by enemies of equality to the effect that the 14th Amendment was passed to protect slaves and therefore only applies to slaves or to racial equality. … [Read more...]

Trump Thinks He Can Deport 11 Million People

Donald Trump continues his xenophobic anti-immigration campaign by releasing a "plan" to deal with immigration. It seems to have three parts: Loud bluster, illegal or unconstitutional actions and things he can't possibly do in the real world but thinks he can just by declaring that it shall be so. For instance, he promises to "defend the laws and constitution of the United States" while simultaneously proposing things that are illegal (tariffs on Mexico) and unconstitutional (ending birthright … [Read more...]