In an attempt to discourage illegal immigrants from exploiting their children as a means to remain in the US, Republican politicians are suggesting that it is time to revise the 14th Amendment of the constitution to disallow birth-right citizenship.
Birth-right citizenship is being exploited. The numbers are truly staggering.
See: Across Texas, 60,000 babies of noncitizens get U.S. birthright
In Texas, between 60,000 to 65,000 babies achieve U.S. citizenship annually by being born in the state's hospitals, according to a tally released by the state's Health and Human Services Commission. Last year, such births represented almost 16 percent of the total births statewide.
Between 2001 and 2009, births to illegal immigrant women totaled 542,152 in Texas alone.
Thats just Texas.
It would be interesting to know what the national numbers are.
The 14th Amendment is not the problem. The lack of will at the federal level to enforce our immigration laws is the problem.
If Illegal aliens have a baby in the US, fine. The children may have US citizenship. The parents still do not. The parents still should be made to leave the US. The children may return to the US at a later time or even be allowed to remain with legal US residents. The Illegal parents still MUST leave.
If the law was enforced, there would be no anchor-baby problem. The law is not enforced, so anchor-babies are exploited.