Birch Society President To Address Immigration Issues

CRANFORD — John McManus, president of The John Birch Society, will give a lecture entitled “Stealing the American Dream: How Illegal Immigration Affects You” at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue in Cranford. The presentation will take place between 7-10 p.m. on Monday, July 12.

McManus is on a nationwide tour that will take him to approximately 50 cities. The John Birch Society is an ultra-conservative organization founded in 1958 by Robert Welch. For much of the organization’s history, it has been regarded as a fringe group that has not enjoyed the support of the mainstream conservative movement.


The group opposes amnesty for undocumented immigrants and any form of “temporary worker programs” as proposed by former President George W. Bush. The society instead calls for better enforcement of current immigration laws and minimizing the economic incentives for illegal immigration.

At a tour stop earlier this month, McManus objected to a provision in U.S. law that makes babies born on American soil U.S. citizens, even if their parents are not, because it opens a path to citizenship for other members of the family. “It’s ridiculous, no other country does that,” McManus said.

The Constitution grants citizenship to “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

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