End Anchor Babies!

Birthright citizenship is conferred by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which says “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside.”

As America becomes inundated with millions of illegal aliens (estimated to number 10.8 million in 2009 by the Dept. of Homeland Security), birthright citizenship becomes increasingly questionable because of its association with anchor babies.

“Anchor baby” refers to a child born in the U.S. to illegal aliens. By virtual of his birthright citizenship, the child, when he reaches the age of 21, may then file for a US visa for his parents — and eventually other family members –through the legal principle of jus soli and the policy of family reunification. But saying that an anchor child can apply for immigration for his parents when he reaches adulthood is deceptive because many feel it is inhumane to deport violators of immigration laws with minor children who are legally American citizens. In practice, therefore, anchor babies do ensure continuing residence and eventual citizenship for their illegal alien parents.

The Pew Hispanic Center says there are 3.8 million illegal aliens with anchor children. A recent survey of patients from a Dallas-era hospital indicated “70 percent of the women who gave birth at Parkland hospital in the first three months of 2006 were illegal immigrants.”

When the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868, the United States did not limit immigration and, by definition, had no illegal immigrants. Thus, the issue of citizenship for children born here of parents who are illegal aliens was nonexistent. Granting of automatic citizenship to children of illegal alien mothers is a recent and totally inadvertent and unforeseen result of the amendment.

There have been legislative efforts in the past toward ending birthright citizenship. Now that the historic November 2 elections delivered a Republican majority to the House, renewed efforts will be made.

Jeremy Duda of Arizona Capitol Times reports on Dec 28, 2010:

The 2011 legislative session will begin a few days early for two Arizona lawmakers who will be in Washington D.C. for the unveiling of legislation intended to end birthright citizenship.

Immigration hawks Sen. Russell Pearce, the author of SB1070, and Rep. John Kavanagh will attend a Jan. 5 press conference at the National Press Club to introduce model legislation that aims to force the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on the longstanding interpretation of the 14th Amendment that grants citizenship to the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants. Lawmakers from 14 states who plan to introduce the bill will attend as well.

Despite worries from the business community, lawmakers and others that the controversial proposal will turn the Legislature’s attention from more important issues, such as the budget and the economy, Kavanagh said he doesn’t expect the birthright-citizenship bill to be a distraction. “The budget and jobs will be the No. 1 priority, but we’ll still be able to deal with a lot of other important issues like illegal immigration,” the Fountain Hills Republican said.

Legislators in Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah plan to introduce birthright citizenship bills in 2011.

~Eowyn

4 responses to “End Anchor Babies!

  1. We wouldn’t have as severe a problem with our unemployment, bankruptcy of governments and/or increased costs of insurance if we cleared up and eliminated the immigration problems. It is all connected.

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  2. yep hrmfc-if they happen to have their baby here fine,but as soon as you are able take your baby back home with you.

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  3. pamela peterson

    Tina, but take into account the reason they come is that is is cheaper for them to have their baby here because it usually costs them nothing. I have an adopted daughter who lives in Mexico and while I was there in Mexico City visiing there were two young men also there visiitng who were saying their wives were in the US having babies because they could have the babies there for FREE, saying the government was paying for the births, all they had to do was say they were single moms, so in additiion to getting US Citizenship for their babies the government is footing the bill. To have a baby in Mexico costs around $200 dollars US while in the US it is upwards of $4,000.00 so the reasons for coming here are two fold!

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  4. Don’t forget all of the business’s that DEPEND on cheap immigrant labor like farming now in trouble because there isn’t enough immigrants to pick the crops. None of these companies would dare pay minimum wage. They now ship in RUSSIAN immigrants to Dolly World because they won’t even pay for Americans.

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