Go ahead, end birthright American citizenship

Currently, the United States grants citizenship automatically to every person born on our soil—including children of legal noncitizens, tourists, and even illegal immigrants. (Children of foreign diplomats are the exception.) The U.S. has so-called birthright citizenship because the Constitution’s 14th Amendment, ratified in 1868, says citizenship must be granted to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” I argue that “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” does not include illegal immigrants, and I’m not alone. One of the Amendment’s authors, Senator Jacob Howard of Michigan, said it “will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens…” Aside from any constitutional arguments, I believe giving citizenship based merely on where you are born is bad public policy. Citizenship is about more than that; it is about our proud history, common standards, and willingness to uphold these ideals. What message does granting citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants send to people waiting to get into the U.S. legally? Foreigners who want to become citizens can wait as long as 18 years. Once someone crosses our borders illegally and gives birth to a child, their entire family is able to cut in line, degrading the legitimacy of our immigration system. Almost no other country in the world offers birthright citizenship for these reasons. Lawbreakers should not be rewarded through the destructive policy of birthright citizenship. Yep, deport any of the anchor babies.

New studies support the possibility of sea life on Enceladus

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft spotted geysers on the surface of
Saturn’s moon Enceladus ten years ago. And new research suggests that
these geysers are caused by active hydrothermal vents at the bottom of
the moon’s ice-covered sea–vents that potentially warm the water to a
temperature that could sustain life.

Artist's impression of Cassini in orbit around Saturn. (Credit: NASA)

After the geysers were spotted, researchers were able to determine
that water ice was being spewed by these geysers. Then, using the Cosmic
Dust Analyzer aboard Cassini, scientists concluded that the geyser
spray contains ice crystals and fine silica dust. Recent tests reveal
that the only way these fine rock particles can form is through a
mineral interaction with alkaline water at a temperature of at least 194
degrees Fahrenheit, which also has a salinity of four percent or less. NBC News
space writer Alan Boyle points out, “Those just happen to be the
conditions that exist at a field of hydrothermal vents on the bottom of
the Atlantic Ocean, known as the Lost City, where volcanically heated
water makes it possible for weird types of life to survive in a sunless
ecosystem.”

Although other processes could explain the geysers observed by
Cassini, scientists believe Earthlike volcanic vents are the best
explanation. And scientists note that this is the first time active
hydrothermal vents have been seen outside of Earth’s seafloor.

Illustration showing geysers on Enceladus. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)