I like to think myself familiar with the wacko fringes of right wing politics - but this was jarring. The group is Patriot's for Self-Deportation. They've been around since last year, according to David Wiegel. Web site is selfdeport.org. Crazy, crazy stuff. It took me a while to figure out what exactly 'self-deportation' was. Is it, like, illegals deporting themselves? why would they do this, exactly?
Turns out it's not really about bad illegals (brown people) deporting themselves. It's about 'patriots' (white people) deporting themselves. Does that make it clear? Didn't think so.
So the idea seems to be, that a true 'patriot' would investigate their background and trace their relatives back to validate that their ancestors immigrated legally. If it turns out that you can find a grandparent, great grandparent, great-great grandparent, ect., who didn't get their papers right - that makes you an illegal. Because your ancestors weren't naturalized, your citizenship status is based on birth-right citizenship, which makes you an illegal alien. Well, not really, but in Patriot's for Self-Deportation's opinion, it makes you an illegal.
An aside: they seem to be confused about the term 'illegal.' They acknowledge that the 14th Amendment legitimizes birth-right citizenship but they think its wrong and we should repeal it and do away with birth-right citizenship. Thus, anyone whose citizenship is currently based on their birth on American soil is an illegal alien. Understand? Me neither.
So what's an 'patriotic' illegal alien to do? Well, simple really. That's where self-deportation comes in !!! What you do is go back to whatever country your ancestors came from and apply for your citizenship again (even though you already are a citizen). Get it! You're deporting yourself.
Now, what this will accomplish, above and beyond legitimizing your own citizenship, is to "...set the example of responsible citizenship by proving their own rights to be here ..." And that's just the beginning. This will inevitably lead to the repeal of the 14th amendment! And spanish speakers will go away!
I really recommend reading the section entitled, "HOW TO SELF DEPORT" My favorite piece of advice:
6: Learn some of the language of the country that you are moving to- this will make it much easier to communicate with other citizen. But also remember that English is almost a universal language, if you move to a city around the world you will probably be fine!
They also have some stories of 'real' people. I can't believe they're actually real, I just can't. It includes the story of a woman, an infant refugee from WWII Germany, whose family has rejected her upon her recent discovery that she was never naturalized.
Or Claire G., who found out her great grandparents were 'illegals:'
I am dismeyed about this, and honest to God I am crying as I write this, because I can’t believe my OWN FAMILY, who is so anti-illegals they even took me to protests downtown a few years ago, to yell at the illegal Mexicans who had no right to be in this country, carrying their Mexican flags and chanting in Spanish for their freedoms, and whatnot — they took me to this, with a sign made of a pizza box that sayd NO CITIZENSHIP FOR ANCHOR BABIES! And these very people, my own mother’s family, turns out to be the descendent of ILLEGALS?? I swear you guys, I am crying so hard right now ...
Yep. The way to resolve the hypocrisy of white descendants of immigrants complaining about non-white immigration is to self-deport the white people.
Is it really a bad thing that these people are leaving the country?
2:04 PM PT: There's been some comments indicating that this is a joke site, a stunt. Part of me hopes so. I'll look for some verification on this.
If it is a joke, wow. It's a good think Mitt Romney likes to fire people who serve him.
2:22 PM PT: FDL claims its a joke (http://news.firedoglake.com/...)
They don't provide source for this, but thank God ... this would be some scary stuff if it wasn't so funny.