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  • EXPERT: Up To 400K Children Born To Illegal Immigrants In U.S. Annually, One In 10 Births

    04/29/2015 1:29:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | April 29, 2015 | by Caroline May
    Approximately 350,000 to 400,000 children are born to illegal immigrants in the U.S. each year. Due to current policy, all automatically become U.S. citizens, Center for Immigration Studies legal policy analyst Jon Feere testified before a House panel Wednesday. “To put this in perspective this means that one out of 10 births in the U.S. is to an illegal immigrant mother,” Freere said at a House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security hearing titled “Birthright Citizenship: Is It The Right Policy For America?” He explained that, regardless of the foreign allegiance and/or illegal status of the parents, their children, if...

    07/03/2014 3:25:12 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 77 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | July 3, 2014 | Breitbart TV
    On Wednesday’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” conservative talker Laura Ingraham made a bold call on how to confront problem of immigration in the United States, in particular regarding the flow of illegal aliens through the U.S. southern border.
  • Instant Citizens: The pressing issue of "birth tourism"

    05/02/2014 5:35:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/02/2014 | A.J. Delgado
    A new report by Rick Folbaum of CBSÂ’s Miami affiliate shines light upon a pressing issue all too often ignored: women flocking to the U.S. in order to take advantage of the countryÂ’s notoriously generous birthright-citizenship policy. If a woman is here on vacation, or just passing through, and gives birth to a child on American soil: Boom! Automatic citizen! It may be that neither the child nor his parents have any ties whatsoever to the United States, yet the child is now an American citizen just as if his parents had worked, paid taxes, and been part of...
  • Muslims Demand 'Right of Return' to Spain

    02/23/2014 10:22:15 AM PST · by mojito · 46 replies
    RealClearWorld ^ | 2/22/2014 | Soeren Kern
    Muslim groups are demanding Spanish citizenship for potentially millions of descendants of Muslims who were expelled from Spain during the Middle Ages. The growing clamor for "historical justice" comes after the recent approval of a law that would grant Spanish citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain in 1492. Muslim supporters say they are entitled to the same rights and privileges as Jews because both groups were expelled from Spain under similar historical circumstances. But historians point out that the Jewish presence in Spain predates the arrival of Christianity in the country and that their expulsion was a...
  • Babies and Immigration Reform (Not one word in the 844-page law mentions Birthright Citizenship)

    04/24/2013 6:53:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 203 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/24/2013 | Cindy Simpson
    Not a single word in the 844-page "Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act" introduced by Senator Marco Rubio and the "Gang of Eight" addresses the controversial practice of "birthright citizenship." Birthright citizenship is the common description given to the automatic grant of U.S. citizenship to babies born in the U.S. regardless of the citizenship status of the parents. Many experts agree with the verdict of law professor Lino Graglia -- that the practice generates "perhaps the greatest possible inducement to illegal entry." The failure of Congress to confront the subject is nothing new. The "four pillars" of the...
  • Airborne 'Anchor Baby' Shows Folly of U.S. 'Birthright Citizenship'

    09/22/2011 7:17:05 AM PDT · by montag813 · 15 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 09-22-2011 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaWe have covered the disgraceful sham of "anchor babies" and birthright citizenship for a long time - illegal aliens using America's current misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment to obtain citizenship for their illegal babies - just by getting inside our borders prior to the birth. You have seen the Mexican women who come across the Rio Grande in labor, to have babies in Texas hospitals. Like this woman, who did just that, failed to pay her hospital bill, and just "doesn't understand the anger" of Americans at her willful disregard for our laws or her personal...
  • American Bar Association urges Congress to reject birthright law (lawyers for illegals?)

    08/15/2011 8:56:28 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Brandon Sun ^ | 8/09/11
    American Bar Association urges Congress to reject birthright lawBy: The Associated Press 9/08/2011 11:02 AM TORONTO - The American Bar Association passed a resolution urging the U.S. Congress to reject any changes to the constitution that would eliminate automatic citizenship for anyone born in the United States. **SNIP** Some Republican legislators have called for legislation to repeal birthright citizenship and have proposed a constitutional amendment. Outgoing American Bar Association president Stephen Zack says racism is underlying the call to change the constitution. Zack, the first ABA president of Hispanic origin, says it was important statement by the American Bar Association...
  • END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP: 4 More Bill Co-Sponsors (Aderholt, Hensarling, Herger & McKeon)

    06/08/2011 3:49:38 PM PDT · by lwoodham · 7 replies
    NumberUSA ^ | 6/8/2011
    Reps. Robert Alderholt (R-Ala.), Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Wally Herger (R-Calif.), and Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The bill currently has 77 co-sponsors and amends current U.S. code to require at least one parent to be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident for a new born to receive automatic citizenship. The Fourteenth Amendment extends citizenship to all persons born in the U.S. and "subject to the jurisdiction"; it also grants Congress the power to enforce and define the provisions of the amendment.
  • World War II Vet Learns He's Not a U.S. Citizen

    03/24/2011 11:11:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 76 replies ^ | March 23, 2011
    CENTRALIA, WA - Imagine living in this country for nearly a 100 years only to learn you're not a citizen. It happened to a 95-year-old military veteran in Washington named Leeland Davidson. Davidson knew he was born in Canada in 1916, but figured because his parents were American, he was automatically a U.S. citizen. He was able to join the Navy and served in World War II, but when Davidson recently went to get the driver's license he needed to go to Canada to visit relatives, he learned otherwise.
  • Arizona Senate panel passes birthright citizen law

    02/22/2011 9:13:17 PM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/22/11 | BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press
    An Arizona Senate committee approved a bill late Tuesday designed to set up a U.S. Supreme Court case on automatic citizenship for children of illegal immigrants. The Republican-led Appropriations Committee panel was also expected to consider a more sweeping bill later Tuesday that would target illegal immigrants in public housing, public benefits and the workplace. That measure, which would add to last year's controversial Arizona illegal immigration law, drew vocal opposition from Democrats, who say its sponsor isn't focused on Republicans' stated top priority, the economy. The 29-page bill was introduced by Republican Sen. Russell Pearce, who also authored last...
  • Tired of federal foot dragging, states are working to plug the “anchor baby” loophole

    02/10/2011 7:33:27 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 8 replies ^ | FEBRUARY 10TH, 2011 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    Time is getting short. A new Pew Hispanic Center survey brings news that has to give pause to anyone who is concerned with America’s future. It says illegal alien mothers are giving birth to 8% of all the babies born in America. There were 350,000 such births and each one has the potential to multiple the number of new “legal” illegal aliens among us by staggering numbers. It is time to end this foolishness which makes gaining American citizenship like playing a game of tag. If most of the modern western countries and India have closed this loophole it’s time...
  • Does the Constitution really say that children of illegal immigrants are automatic citizens?

    01/27/2011 10:51:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 01/27/2011 | Katrina Trinko
    While 2010’s immigration debate centered on the controversial Arizona law, 2011’s promises to be focused on a different — and even more explosive — topic: birthright citizenship. Kris Kobach, the recently elected Kansas secretary of state, is a lawyer and professor of law who specializes in immigration issues. The architect of Arizona’s SB-1070, he is the legal mind behind two new proposals to challenge the automatic granting of citizenship to any child born in the United States, regardless of the legal status of his parents. The first proposal is state-level legislation that would not affect the federal citizenship of an...
  • Sens. Paul, Vitter introduce citizenship resolution

    01/27/2011 11:49:26 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jan. 27, 2011 | Daniel Strauss
    Two Republican senators are introducing a resolution that would end the constitutional right to citizenship that comes with being born on U.S. soil. Rand Paul (Ky.) and David Vitter (La.) are introducing a resolution this week that would amend the Constitution so that a person born in the United States could only become an American citizen if one or more of his or her parents is an legal citizen, legal immigrant, or member of the armed forces, according to a joint press release Thursday. Vitter said the legislation would help reduce illegal immigration. “For too long, our nation has seen...
  • What does it mean to be an American? (Citizenship debate)

    01/14/2011 7:56:31 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 12 replies · 1+ views
    WashingtonPost ^ | 01/14/2011 | Edward Schumacher-Matos
    In the immediate aftermath of the Arizona shootings, when speculation focused on whether Jared Loughner √was politically motivated, no one said we should cancel his American citizenship. The cries to do so surely would have been angry and loud had he been an immigrant or even the child of one. After the attempted Times Square bombing last May by a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen, a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman introduced a bill to "denationalize" any citizen engaged in terrorism against the United States. I raise this contradiction not to score a point against the Lieberman...
  • The terrible mistake of revoking birthright citizenship: U.S. owes Mexicans more, not less

    01/06/2011 9:22:56 PM PST · by presidio9 · 113 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, January 6th 2011 | Rogers M. Smith
    As the new Congress convened, a group called State Legislators for Legal Immigration proposed two laws. One would declare that children of parents who immigrated here illegally are not born "subject to the jurisdiction" of the U.S. and so are not birthright citizens under the 14th Amendment. Under the other, states would issue two types of birth certificates, one for those born "subject to the jurisdiction" of the U.S. and one for everyone else. The states have no power to pass the first proposed law. Congress may be able to, but it is a bad idea that will not halt...
  • Amnesty Advocates Interrupt Birthright Event, Tackle Senior Citizen

    01/06/2011 5:45:59 PM PST · by AuntB · 23 replies · 3+ views
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | Jan. 5, 2011 | John Feere
    While attending a discussion on birthright citizenship held by the State Legislators for Legal Immigration at the National Press Club in Washington this morning, I was able to witness the true face of the pro-amnesty, pro-illegal immigration crowd. On at least four occasions, the so-called "pro-immigrant" activists attempted to stop discussion by rudely interrupting the speakers and shouting down state legislators and professors. ABC News has some raw video footage of the efforts to stifle debate, including the effort by one disruptive activist to "accidentally" fall while a senior citizen attempted to escort him to the door. The elderly gentleman...
  • Steve King Moves Forward on Bill to End Birthright Citizenship (Illegal alien anchor babies)

    01/06/2011 8:45:12 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    CBS News ^ | 1/06/11 | Stephanie Condon
    Steve King Moves Forward on Bill to End Birthright CitizenshipPosted by Stephanie Condon January 6, 2011 10:13 AM Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa, marking his first day as head of a House immigration panel, introduced a bill on Wednesday to end the practice of birthright citizenship. The bill would amend section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to clarify those classes of individuals born in the United States who are nationals and citizens of the United States at birth. It's generally thought that the 14th Amendment provides a constitutional guarantee of citizenship for anyone born in the United...
  • Rights groups denounce proposed bills to remove 'birthright citizenship'

    01/05/2011 8:16:38 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 5, 2011 | Nacha Cattan
    Mexico City Immigrant rights groups are voicing strong opposition to legislation being proposed in several US states to deny citizenship to American-born children of illegal immigrants.In the latest salvo of a heated immigration debate, Rep. Daryle Metcalfe (R) of Pennsylvania said Wednesday that state legislators will introduce bills to eliminate automatic “birthright citizenship.” He was backed by local lawmakers from Oklahoma, Kansas, South Carolina, Georgia, and Arizona, but the group says legislators from a majority of US states are joining the effort. Latino organizations in the US and activists in Mexico immediately responded, saying the measure would not prevent illegal...
  • Daryl Metcalfe at the National Press Club

    01/05/2011 11:50:26 AM PST · by jdirt · 3 replies
    There has been almost no coverage of the press conference today on the introduction of the birthright citizenship law five states will be introducing at home. That was to be expected. The abc video is the only thing I could find. You can also watch the protesters disrupt the news conference on the next video which got more air time than the actual conference. Perhaps the National Press Club will have video on their website later or tommorrow. If nothing else, perhaps Rep. Metcalfe will have the video on his website OK, MO, PA and AZ will introduce this...
  • 14 states may target birthright citizenship

    01/03/2011 1:38:47 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 117 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/3/11 | Liz Goodwin
    Arizona state politicians will introduce model legislation this week to encourage states to prevent children of illegal immigrants from being granted citizenship under the 14th Amendment.
  • New Arizona Immigration Bill to be Introduced

    12/29/2010 8:02:06 PM PST · by chatter4 · 13 replies · 16+ views
    Youtube ^ | December 29, 2010 | Chatter4
    Youtube video. Russell Pearce, Arizona State Senator is introducing a new immigration bill in Arizona, to stop granting citizenship to those born within the United States, to foreigner parents. Section 1 of the 14th Amendment states, "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. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process...
  • In Congress, A Harder Line On Illegal Immigrants

    12/26/2010 11:49:11 AM PST · by radpolis · 41 replies · 6+ views
    NPR ^ | 12-26-2010 | AP
    In a matter of weeks, Congress will go from trying to help young, illegal immigrants become legal to debating whether children born to parents who are in the country illegally should continue to enjoy automatic U.S. citizenship. Such a hardened approach — and the rhetoric certain to accompany it — should resonate with the GOP faithful who helped swing the House in Republicans' favor. But it also could further hurt the GOP in its endeavor to grab a large enough share of the growing Latino vote to win the White House and the Senate majority in 2012. Legislation to test...
  • New Breed of Anchor Babies From China

    11/23/2010 10:12:35 AM PST · by La Lydia · 51 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 23, 2010
    Mexican illegal immigrants who give birth to anchor babies in the U.S. are being joined by upper-class Chinese women who have the resources to enter the country legally to deliver their offspring and essentially purchase American citizenship. A story on this new breed of anchor babies was published this week by the leftwing National Public Radio, which makes it a point to intimate the differences between the poverty-stricken illegal border crossers and the affluent Asians. A loophole in American law allows the rich to travel to the United States—often in first-class airline seats—to give birth, the report says, alluding to...
  • GOP majority in House will push to end 'birthright citizenship'

    11/18/2010 8:20:29 AM PST · by SmithL · 111 replies · 1+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/18/10 | Rob Hotakainen
    WASHINGTON – As one of its first acts, the new Congress will consider denying citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants who are born in the United States. Those children, who are now automatically granted citizenship at birth, will be one of the first targets of the Republican-led House when it convenes in January. GOP Rep. Steve King of Iowa, the incoming chairman of the subcommittee that oversees immigration, is expected to push a bill that would deny "birthright citizenship" to such children. The measure, assailed by critics as unconstitutional, is an indication of how the new majority intends to...
  • Pulling Up Anchor

    10/20/2010 5:42:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 20, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Illegal Immigration: Lawmakers in 14 states are joining to restore the intended meaning of the 14th Amendment: that being a U.S. citizen requires more than just your mother sneaking past the Border Patrol. The architect of Arizona's immigration law, SB2070, announced Tuesday a new crusade to correct what he perceives as an unfortunate misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment that allows children of illegal immigrant parents to be considered U.S. citizens if they're born on U.S. soil. "This is a battle of epic proportions," Mesa Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce said. "We've allowed the hijacking of the 14th Amendment." He says...
  • Chinese Illegals Coming to U.S. via Haiti (!) and Belize

    10/18/2010 1:32:37 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 14 replies
    CIS ^ | October 18, 2010 | David North
    If you think American entities sometimes have trouble enforcing the immigration law, you should hear about how some other countries handle the challenge. This week's prime example features the small Central American nation of Belize, with China, Cuba, and Haiti all playing supporting roles. If other countries' migration-management agencies did their jobs carefully, it could be quite helpful to us, because a lot of the people violating the immigration law in Belize, for example, don't want to be in Belize at all, they want to be on their way to the U.S. There are always, as the Border Patrol puts...
  • Amerasians have standing to challenge Birthright Citizenship

    08/29/2010 3:18:44 PM PDT · by jdirt · 4 replies
    Aug 29, 2010 | jd
    Legal scholars and constitutional lawyers please opine. Many people want to discontinue the federal government’s interpretation of the 14th Amendment’s birthright citizenship clause. People feel that it is just plain wrong for people to be awarded citizenship because their parents broke the law. The illegal immigrant parents will become legal citizens too when their citizen children turn 18, so who needs all that headache of jumping through amnesty hoops. (They can become a citizen here and never learn English). Anybody who didn’t qualify for amnesty (with legal documents or falsified documents) in 1986 just stayed anyway. There are four ways...
  • FOX News misleads on 14th Amend.

    08/17/2010 2:33:53 PM PDT · by jdirt · 11 replies
    Last night I heard McCain say we should have hearings on immigration. Someone please tell Hannity and McCain that we have had at least three hearings in very recent years. Overwhelmingly they have showed that birthright citizenship was never intended for illegal aliens in the 14th amendment. Does McCain thnk we are stupid? On another Fox show with Bill Hemmer, he mis-stated that the 14th amendment included anchor babies. Either they are not doing their homework, or they are intentionally trying to mislead the uninformed masses.......... again.
  • 14th Amendment was never intended for this

    08/14/2010 8:26:53 AM PDT · by WriteStuff · 6 replies
    Across the Back Fence ^ | 08/14/2010 | Todd Fitchette
    The original intent of the 14th Amendment was never to grant “anchor baby” or “birthright” status to illegal aliens bent on gaming the system here in America. Unfortunately, that’s how the liberals have interpreted it and thus allowed the system to be misused.
  • Republicans are ramping up the birthright battle

    08/13/2010 6:33:17 AM PDT · by detritus · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/13/10 | Michael Gerson
    The final state to ratify the 14th Amendment was Ohio -- in September 2003. The Ohio Legislature had passed the amendment in 1867 but rescinded its approval a year later, claiming it was "contrary to the best interests of the white race." When Ohio finally rectified this embarrassing bit of history, just one legislator -- Republican state Rep. Tom Brinkman from Cincinnati -- voted against it. His opposition was viewed as an isolated curiosity. Now another Ohio politician, Rep. John Boehner, the House minority leader, questions the centerpiece commitment of the 14th Amendment: birthright citizenship. He is joined by Senate...
  • Born in the U.S.A. (What's wrong with Birthright Citizenship?)

    08/10/2010 5:30:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/10/2010 | Ramesh Ponnurru
    One in ten children born in this country has an illegal immigrant for a mother. Every one of those children of illegal immigrants is a U.S. citizen. Birth on American soil automatically qualifies a child for citizenship, whatever his parents’ legal status. (Birth above American soil — on a helicopter, for example — also counts.) Many conservatives want to change the law: to make it so that the children of illegal immigrants will no longer automatically be citizens. It is a misguided, and potentially disastrous, response to the problems created by our immigration policies. Those problems certainly exist. Granting citizenship...
  • American Citizenship Is Not A Birthright

    08/09/2010 5:31:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 9, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Immigration: The 14th Amendment was written to guarantee citizenship for freed slaves. It's been misinterpreted to give citizenship to children of illegal aliens. Now some GOP leaders want to restore its original meaning. In Texas this year, some 60,000 so-called "anchor babies" will be born to the 1.5 million illegal aliens estimated to reside there. They're called that because under the current interpretation of the 14th Amendment they're automatic citizens, encouraging more illegals to arrive and making it hard to deport those already here. "There is a problem," House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, told NBC's "Meet The Press" Sunday....
  • Republicans Want Review of Birthright Citizenship

    08/05/2010 10:09:54 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 14 replies
    A Place to Ask Questions to Get the Right Answers ^ | 8-4-10 | Mario Apuzzo/Cdr Charles Kerchner
    Complete title: Republicans Want Review of Birthright Citizenship. Or is it Just a Cover for Another Cloaked more Sinister Objective? - Comments by CDR Kerchner (Ret) ### Republicans Want Review of Birthright Citizenship. Or is it Just a Cover for Another Cloaked more Sinister Objective? What Senator Lindsey Graham is stating to the press with this new initiative of his is only half the story: Comments on What's Really Up - The 6th Try Since 2001 by CDR Charles Kerchner (Ret) Watch carefully how these key but sneaky Republican leaders (RINOs) such as Senator Lindsey Graham will cleverly game this...
  • The Next Front on Immigration (Is Lindsay Graham Serious about Revoking Citizenship by Birth?)

    08/01/2010 5:23:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies · 2+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 08/01/2010
    rizona’s tough immigration law is just the beginning of the conservative battle to clamp down on illegal immigrants. A broader fight is coming—possibly even to change the U.S. Constitution. Sen. Lindsey Graham made headlines last week, telling Fox News he’s considering a constitutional change to revise the right, enshrined in the 14th Amendment, that grants automatic citizenship to any child born in the United States. He would revoke this right for children of illegal immigrants. “It’s called ‘drop and leave,’ ” Graham said, and while he added that he wanted to be “humane,” he also feared that in 20 years’...
  • Brewer's Yeast

    06/15/2010 6:24:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 558+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 15, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Immigration: Arizona's governor tells illegals if you want family unity, take your kids home with you. And a Tea Party candidate for the Senate says just being born here doesn't make you a citizen. Anchor babies, away! We've seen the photos of children holding signs at protests that read, "Don't deport my parents." They're called "anchor babies" because they're considered citizens by being born on American soil. You can't break up families, the argument goes, even to enforce the nation's immigration laws. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who had the audacity to copy federal law and then enforce it in cases...
  • American Jackpot: The Remaking of America by Birthright Citizenship

    05/08/2010 9:15:22 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 7 replies · 735+ views ^ | Mark Cromer
    Bad policy, millions of immigrants and booming maternity wards are being used to radically alter the population size, character and culture of America. There is something sublimely grand about the term itself, evoking the notion that the most fundamental civic right an American can possess—citizenship—through which access to virtually all other constitutionally enshrined rights and protections pass, is bestowed to all who are blessed enough to take their first gasp of earthly air on American soil. It is held among our people’s core beliefs as something that is intrinsically American, an iconic reflection of the generous character of the American...
  • The Bigamy of Obama’s Citizenship

    05/08/2010 7:15:34 AM PDT · by kyright · 26 replies · 849+ views
    The Post & Email ^ | May 5, 2010 | Sally Vendée
    …The framers would not have even envisioned “birthright citizenship” or “dual citizenship” as being allowed under the Constitution…These notions were discussed in articles here and here and were the subject of a 2005 Congressional Hearing. All…present…affirmed that both dual citizenship and birthright citizenship…were unconstitutional. Dr. John Eastman, an expert witness…in a recent interview stated: “[T]he real shift in popular perception began to take root in the late 1960s, when the idea that mere birth on American soil alone ensured citizen status. I have challenged every person who has taken the opposite position to tell me what it was that led...
  • Birth Tourism

    03/16/2010 7:44:32 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 26 replies · 565+ views
    National Review - The Corner ^ | March 16, 2010 | Mark Krikorian
    First there was Korean birth tourism, where pregnant Korean women would come to the United States as tourists in order to ensure their babies were U.S. citizens. Then Tucson hospitals started offering "birth packages" to expectant Mexican mothers. And now, this: With more Turkish parents wanting their child to be born in the US, tourism companies are starting to offer 'birth tourism' packages to US cities. Many women say giving birth in the US has benefits including cheaper education and fewer visa worries. Some Americans, however, want to restrict the practice, citing fears of illegal migration... Arrrrrrghhhhh! For many people,...
  • Birthright Citizenship-ers, Dual Citizenship-ers, and Birth-ers

    03/11/2010 8:25:03 AM PST · by kyright · 332 replies · 4,816+ views
    The Post & Email ^ | March 10, 2010 | Sally Vendée
    Going with the new trend of adding “-er” to the end of terms describing groups of people with similar beliefs ungrounded in commonly-accepted reality, we need to add Birthright Citizenship-ers and Dual Citizenship-ers to the mix, along with the Birth-ers. The reason to group them together—they march to the same drumbeat—all apparently believe that birth in the US is all that is necessary for anyone to have US citizenship. The only point on which they seem to disagree is whether a long-form or a short-form birth certificate is sufficient proof. (Many of the so-called birthers will argue the finer point...
  • GOP bill aims to retool immigrant birthright citizenship

    02/15/2010 9:38:26 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 108 replies · 2,116+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 2/14/10 | Steven Wall
    Republican lawmakers in Congress are sponsoring a bill that seeks to abolish birthright citizenship for children born in the United States to illegal immigrant parents. Federal law automatically grants citizenship to any person born on American soil, regardless of the immigration status of the child's parents. Supporters of the bill say that many people come to this country for the express purpose of having children who are American citizens, making the family eligible for welfare and other government benefits. "You have many people coming to this country illegally," said Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea, a co-sponsor of the legislation. "They come...
  • Battle over birthright: Case raises questions about role of sperm donors in children’s lives

    01/10/2010 10:38:37 AM PST · by NYer · 17 replies · 838+ views
    National Post ^ | January 8, 2010 | Kenyon Wallace
    When a lesbian couple from Terrace, B.C., decided they wanted a child of their own, they were overjoyed that a good friend agreed to donate his sperm.They were going to have a family. Before the child was born in October 2006, the donor signed an agreement stating that the female couple would be the parents and that he would consent to an adoption of the child. But since the child's birth, things haven't gone according to plan. The donor began making frequent visits to the female couple's home and referring to the child as "his son" in the community. He...
  • ‘Stuck in a free country' (anchor baby)

    07/22/2008 5:26:26 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 36 replies · 228+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | July 20, 2008 | Kevin Sieff
    When Lupita Sanchez applied for a passport, she didn't expect her U.S. citizenship would be called into question. But three months after completing her application - 38 years after she was born in Brownsville - Sanchez received a shocking letter from the U.S. State Department...explaining that her application had been closed, "Once you obtain U.S. citizenship, you may execute another application for a U.S. passport." Sanchez...has been voting and paying taxes in the U.S. for 20 years. But along with hundreds of other South Texans delivered by midwives, the validity of Sanchez's birth certificate, and her citizenship, is being called...
  • A 'birthright' for non-Jews?

    04/06/2008 4:30:26 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 245+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Apr 6, 2008 | SHMULEY BOTEACH
    We're now just a few weeks away from Israel turning 60 and the silence, outside anywhere but the Jewish community, is deafening. There was a lot more buildup for the opening of Heathrow's Terminal 5 than Israel's upcoming commemoration. Israel's monumental achievement, the fact that this tiny country with neighbors hell-bent on eliminating it, has somehow managed to survive, does not seem to be much of a story outside the Jewish world. Some would say that this is appropriate. Israel is, after all, a Jewish state. Why should anyone else care? But on another level, the fact that no one...
  • GOP-led bill is anti-immigration (First step in correct direction)

    09/20/2007 6:51:12 PM PDT · by Amerigomag · 12 replies · 272+ views
    The Fresno Bee (editorial) ^ | 09-20-2007 | Rich Marshall (Senior Editor)
    From its beginnings as a nation, the United States differed from Europe in its citizenship policies, welcoming all those born on U.S. territory as U.S. citizens. Now Rep. Dan Lungren of California and 89 other Republican members of Congress want to end the tradition of birthright citizenship. Eleven of 19 Republicans in the California congressional delegation have signed on to sponsor a terrible bill (HR 1940) that would move the United States toward becoming a restrictionist nation of descent based on parentage. In practical terms, if this notion passed, no longer could people born in the United States simply show...
  • Editorial: U.S.-born? So what?

    09/16/2007 5:29:00 PM PDT · by SmithL · 77 replies · 1,016+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/16/7 | Editor
    From its beginnings as a nation, the United States differed from Europe in its citizenship policies, welcoming all those born on U.S. territory as U.S. citizens. Now Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River, and 89 other Republican members of Congress want to end the tradition of birthright citizenship. Eleven of 19 Republicans in the California congressional delegation have signed on to sponsor this terrible bill (HR 1940) that would move the United States toward becoming a restrictionist nation of descent based on parentage. In practical terms, if this bill passed, no longer could people born in the United States simply show...
  • Venezuelans giving birth in S. Fla. to obtain citizenship for their children

    06/15/2007 12:57:05 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 15 replies · 650+ views
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | June 12, 2007 | Tal Abbady
    ...The women generally arrive on tourist visas when they are seven months pregnant and return home six weeks after delivery. Roberto Infante, director of research at the Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in Weston, has coordinated care for about 30 Venezuelan expectant mothers since December. "I'm thinking only of my son's future," said Pita, 28, an interior designer from Caracas. "At first, I planned to give birth calmly back home, but then the rumors started. I kept wondering, `What if I can't take my child out of the country?..." Pita is staying at an apartment her mother owns...
  • United States Never Adopted Jus Soli from England (Must Read on Birthright)

    04/09/2007 10:45:31 AM PDT · by AZRepublican · 23 replies · 1,455+ views
    The Federalist ^ | 4/9/07 | Paul Madison
    Q: When did the United States Adopt Jus Solis? Answer: United States never did adopt it, and instead, abandoned it. After the Revolutionary War the first thing the colonies threw out was England’s much hated “perpetual allegiance.” To the colonists, perpetual allegiance was much like “perpetual bondage,” and was considered both a dirty phrase and offensive. To say America freely adopted common law rule of jus soli would be like suggesting America adopted Nazism after WWII.Under jus soli, there was no personal choice. Under old English common law, foreigners were not required to owe any allegiance to the nation...
  • Anchor Babies: The Children of Illegal Aliens

    03/04/2007 3:23:24 AM PST · by T.L.Sink · 41 replies · 1,359+ views
    Congressional action warranted: the Fourteenth Amendment stipulates that Congress has the power to enforce its provisions by enactment of legislation, and the power to enforce a law is necessarily accompanied by the authority to interpret that law. Therefore, an act of Congress stating its interpretation of the 14th Amendment, as not to include the offspring of illegal aliens, would fall within Congress's prerogative. The cost of educating illegal alien children in the nation's seven states with the highest concentration of illegal aliens was $3.1 billion in 1993(which with the growth of their population to 1.3 million, would be more like...
  • Adelson Donates $25 Million to Birthright Israel, Reinforces Economy

    02/06/2007 5:20:56 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 6 replies · 383+ views
    Israel News Agency ^ | February 6, 2007 | Joel Leyden
    Adelson Donates $25 Million to Birthright Israel, Reinforces Economy By Joel Leyden Israel News Agency Jerusalem ----- February 6 .... Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson have donated $25 million dollars to the Taglit-Birthright Israel program (BRI). The generous gift will double to at least 20,000 the number of free summer trips to Israel offered by Birthright Israel this summer. The Adelson Family recently donated $25 million to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority. Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, made the gift to Yad Vashem in a ceremony that was attended by Nobel Peace Laureate Elie...
  • Report: 40 percent of county's Medi-Cal births to illegal immigrants

    01/07/2007 8:14:45 AM PST · by Pikamax · 32 replies · 1,158+ views ^ | 01/06/07 | WILLIAM FINN BENNETT
    Report: 40 percent of county's Medi-Cal births to illegal immigrants By: WILLIAM FINN BENNETT - Staff Writer NORTH COUNTY ---- A state report quietly released last spring shows illegal immigrants made up the largest single group of those giving birth at taxpayer expense in the state and in San Diego County in 2004. The May report, "Medi-Cal Funded Deliveries," states that of the 14,350 taxpayer-funded births in the county that year, 5,814, or 40.5 percent, were to illegal immigrants. That is an 18 percent increase over the 4,916 Medi-Cal-funded deliveries to illegal immigrants in San Diego County in 2001, as...