On the other hand, there is a significant bloc of support for the unchallenged endowment of citizenship upon the estimated 340,000 anchor babies born in America in 2008.
In large measure, the analysis will center on the existence of constitutional authority for the grant of citizenship to the hundreds of thousands of anchor babies born annually to the millions of illegal aliens.
And Republicans can woo Hispanics if they "change the way we talk about these issues" and address Hispanics as people, Villalba said, urging the GOP to stop using phrases like "those illegals" and "those anchor babies.
That's before you get to the goodies like anchor babies, state services for non-citizens, immigration records of public school students, and sanctuary cities; this, along with the budget and redistricting, is front and center this session.
If this were an ancient mariner's map, it would have scary drawings around the treacherous state budget, the fearsome beastie called redistricting and the dangerous marshes of voter ID, border control and anchor babies.
And as the Tribune reports today, Driver and Harper-Brown are just two in a long line of statewide political hopefuls from both sides of the aisle whose opponents have attempted to tie them to a host of ongoing scandals and controversial figures: Waters; Rangel; the Wylys, billionaire Dallas brothers accused of securities fraud; the New York City mosque; anchor babies - you name it.
Set aside tributes to the dawn of the republic - and the threat of terrorist anchor babies, for that matter - and the 14th Amendment still provides a remarkably bureaucracy-free path to citizenship: If you're born here and subject to our laws, you're a citizen.