Saturday, August 21, 2010

Hurt Backs Down on Anchor Babies

Sad to say, but we have another flip flop from career politician Robert Hurt. This time it is on the important issue of anchor babies, the offspring of illegal immigrants who are guaranteed American citizenship under the current liberal interpretation of the 14th Amendment. In all issues about immigration I ask myself one simple question: WWVD? What Would Virgil Do?

So it's sad to see Robert Hurt flip flop on the issue of anchor babies and adopt a position rejected by the vast majority of Americans, and most certainly almost all conservatives.

Hurt’s position on the issue, e-mailed to The Daily Progress on Wednesday, seems to contradict a statement he made about birthright citizenship the following day in Chase City.

At a forum held by the Chase City Chamber of Commerce, a questioner asked Hurt: “The 14th Amendment says that anybody that comes into this country and has a child, that child born in this country is a citizen of the United States. When you go to Walmart or wherever, you see all these immigrants with several children — and they’ve always got another one on the way — you don’t know if they’re legal or illegal. But when they’re born here, that puts the expense on us because they have those rights. Do you think we need to put a limit on the 14th Amendment to stop that?”

According to a video of the exchange posted on YouTube by the Democratic Party of Virginia this weekend, Hurt replied: “I think the first and most direct thing that we have to do is, is we’ve got to address the immigration — we’ve got to stop it at the border. And that’s the problem. We’ve just been allowing it to happen. We wouldn’t be having that discussion if we’d just do our job at the border.

“But I think that’s something we have to revisit,” Hurt continued. “Because I think we would all agree our founders did not envision what we’ve got now.”

Hurt’s campaign did not immediately return a call for comment Saturday about the apparent discrepancy between his statements on the issue.

Robert Hurt's biggest opponent isn't Tom Perriello. It's Robert Hurt! One Robert Hurt is open to changing the 14th Amendment, the other isn't. One Robert Hurt wants to debate Jeff Clark, the other doesn't. One Robert Hurt likes the Fair Tax, the other doesn't. One Robert Hurt likes Paul Ryan's plan to privatize Social Security, the other doesn't. How long until we can schedule a debate between the two Robert Hurts?

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