1 Rutgers Race & L. Rev. 129 (1998-1999)
Who May Give Birth to Citizens--Reproduction, Eugenics and Immigration

handle is hein.journals/rrace1 and id is 143 raw text is: SYMPOSIUM: IMMIGRATION REFORM
LAWS: REDEFINING WHO BELONGS
WHO MAY GIVE BIRTH TO CITIZENS?
REPRODUCTION, EUGENICS
AND IMMIGRATION
By Dorothy E. Roberts*
It is probably apparent that I disagree with Peter
Brimelow'st position. What I like about his way of putting for-
ward his opposition to immigration policy is that at least he is
honest about it. I think what Peter Brimelow says is true:
there is a difference between what the American identity is
and what some wish the American identity to remain as-
namely, a White national identity. Are there reasons to
change the White national identity? I also like what he says
about this being not only a question of race, but also a ques-
tion of political power and a question of what our vision of
America will look like.
I did not come to the issue of immigration because I am an
expert on immigration policy; I have done little work on it.
My specialization is reproductive health policy. However, it
occurred to me that a number of the proposals that the anti-
immigration folks were putting on the table had to do with the
children of undocumented immigrants. In other words, the is-
sue of immigration is not just a matter of keeping people out
at the borders; it is also a question of the status of the children
of undocumented immigrants who are already in the United
States. It seems to me that this is a question of reproductive
* Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law - Newark.
She received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law
School.
1. Peter Brimelow, the senior editor of Forbes and the author of Alien
Nation: Common Sense about America's Immigration Disaster (1995), was a
panelist at the symposium.

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