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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New IPC Letterhead
Constitutional Citizenship: A Legislative History

March 28, 2011

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Immigration Policy Center releases Constitutional Citizenship: A Legislative History, by 14th Amendment scholar Garrett Epps. One of the most insidious attacks on immigrants at both the federal and state level is the suggestion that the U.S. should repeal the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment and deny birthright citizenship to the children of certain immigrants. Some proponents of this position argue that the Framers of the 14th Amendment never intended that birthright citizenship extend to the children of temporary immigrants and unauthorized immigrants.

Epps argues that the Framers of the 14th Amendment lived during a period of increasing immigration, in which Chinese laborers were the temporary immigrants of the day and "gypsies" were the unauthorized immigrants of the 19th century. The 14th Amendment provided for birthright citizenship for both of these populations, and most certainly provides for birthright citizenship for the children of temporary and unauthorized immigrants today.    

Perhaps most fundamentally, Epps explains that the Framers of the 14th Amendment were intent on changing the status quo and undoing the impact of years of slavery. They sought to amend the Constitution and not replicate the discriminatory policies of the antebellum period. A true analysis of the original intent of the Framers finds that they could not have intended to create a new population of vulnerable persons who, because of the national origins or actions of their parents, are denied U.S. citizenship.   

Epps writes: If the children of "illegal aliens" are "illegal" themselves, then we have taken a giant step toward recreating slavery in all but name.  If citizenship is the hereditary gift of the nation rather than the inheritance of its people, we are drifting back toward the discredited doctrine of Dred Scott...The clamor for hereditary inequality comes from people eager to repeat the mistakes of the American past, and by doing so, to betray the American future.  

Thursday, March 10, 2011


We have documents that need to be translated from Tigrinya (Ethiopia) to English.  

Please provide rates. NATIVE English speakers only. 

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Register on our website to be considered for this and future jobs. If you are not a native English speaker then you can register with us for future work into Tigrignan.

We need a NATIVE ENGLISH translator from Turkish for various documents.

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If you are not, you are welcome to register on our site for future work into Turkish, but please do not expect to be considered in any way for this job if you are not a 100% native English speaker, which means you have lived in the US for at least 25 years or more and you have been translating from Turkish into English for at least 2 years. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Date: March 22nd, 2011
Time: 8 am to 2pm
Location: Downtown Los Angeles

We are in need of 2 ASL interpreters on March 22nd at a non-profit conference in LA. 

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Friday, March 4, 2011


There is a Call for Papers for the International 
Postgraduate Conference in Translation and Interpreting 2011 (IPCITI).
IPCITI is a collaborative initiative run by Dublin City University, 
Heriot-Watt University, the University of Manchester and the 
University of Edinburgh.

IPCITI 2011 will be hosted by the University of Edinburgh on 28-30 
October 2011. For further information, please contact or visit

We would be grateful if you could advertise the meeting to staff and 
postgraduate students who might be interested in attending or sending 
an abstract.