How is it that a person can enter the United States illegally, have a child, and that child becomes an automatic citizen of the country? Why is America one of just a handful of nations worldwide that allows someone who has come into the country unlawfully to have a baby and then give that baby a free ride at the expense of citizen taxpayers, which the baby’s parents certainly are not? Jus soli, that’s how.
Jus soli (English pronunciation: /dʒʌs ˈsoʊlaɪ/; Latin pronunciation: [juːs ˈsɔ.liː]), meaning “right of the soil”, commonly referred to as birthright citizenship, is the right of anyone born in the territory of a state to nationality or citizenship. As an unconditional basis for citizenship, it is the predominant rule in the Americas, but is rare elsewhere. Since the Twenty-seventh Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland was enacted in 2004, no European country grants citizenship based on unconditional jus soli. A study in 2010 found that only 30 of the world’s 194 countries grant citizenship at birth to the children of undocumented foreign residents, although definitive information was not available from 19 countries. – Wikipedia
Anchor babies, as such children are known, are entitled to WIC, Medicaid, and food stamps – benefits that only taxpaying citizens should receive should they become ‘down and out’. I worked for a non-profit agency that was staffed by White Colombians and Black Americans, all women, who helped low income families by encouraging them to breastfeed, how to apply for state aid (Hispanics with no or limited English), and other support. I saw firsthand how Spanish-speaking illegals use the system to get money, whether it was in the form of food stamps or free health care or WIC coupons.
I saw it again as a Pharmacy Technician at CVS, when people who could barely speak English – not just Latinos but Asians and Africans as well – would come in with their Medicaid to get prescriptions. I also saw it when I worked as an overnight cashier at Walmart Neighborhood Market a few years ago; most of the WIC beneficiaries were Hispanic and many of the food stamp recipients were too. So they come here to work, eh? They come here to better their lives and those of their children, huh?
Bleeding Hearts like to point out that the very term ‘anchor baby’ is a slur against these children. They also like to claim that the first Whites who came to this country did so illegally and that their own children were ‘anchor babies’. However, this argument has no validation in my opinion. There was no government back in those dim dark days, America wasn’t even really a nation. Once the United States broke free of British rule – thank the Goddess – this country became a different place, though slavery existed and the Natives were more often than not treated like ‘red savages’ by the actual savage, the White man. We have laws and those laws should not be broken, particularly by non-citizens who come here to get a handout. I’m damn sick of it and any other taxpayer ought to be as well.
According to Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) legal policy analyst Jon Feere, who testified before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security in April, between 350,000 and 400,000 children are born annually to an illegal-alien mother residing in the United States — as many as one in ten births nationwide. As of 2010, four out of five children of illegal aliens residing in the U.S. were born here — some 4 million kids. Reporting that finding, the Pew Research Center noted that, while illegal immigrants make up about 4 percent of the adult population, “because they have high birthrates, their children make up a much larger share of both the newborn population (8 percent) and the child population (7 percent) in this country.”
Under the 14th Amendment, every person born in the US — except the children of foreign diplomats — is a citizen. Though the amendment was originally meant to bestow citizenship to former slaves, the 1898 Supreme Court case of Wong Kim Ark, an American-born son of Chinese nationals denied citizenship due to a ban on Chinese immigration at the time, extended birthright citizenship to everyone. According to employees at the Beijing embassy, new consular officials are shown a slide at training that asks, “Is it illegal to come to the US to give birth?” Next slide: “No.” – Welcome to Maternity Hotel California