Birthright Citizenship

The Romans took citizenship very seriously.  Only citizens had the right to vote, marry, make legal contracts, and have a trial and appeal the decision of the lower court.  Americans, on the other hand, are in the process of getting rid of the concept of citizenship altogether.  We are not controlling the border or making any serious effort to remove illegals.  Indeed, we are encouraging illegals to come, by granting citizenship to their children.  Our current practice is not much of a problem if you are enforcing the border.  But today, eight percent of babies born in the United States are born to illegal aliens.  The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that we have four million persons born to illegal aliens who are being treated as if they were citizens.

The United States is one of the last countries to continue to grant citizenship automatically on the basis of being born in the country.  This policy has given rise to a new vocabulary.  Most Americans are familiar with the term anchor baby—a child born in the United States that eases the way for citizenship of his immediate and extended family.  Other, less common terms are jackpot baby and maternity tourism.  The jackpot baby gives the family access to America’s ample social subsidies.  Maternity tourism is a growing trend of Asian women arranging their travel plans to give birth here so their children have access...

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