The Dallas Morning News runs an intriguing report regarding the birth of anchor babies — those born to non-citizens but gifted with American citizenship — estimated between 60,000 and 65,000 last year in Texas, alone, 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.
A single hospital, Dallas’ Parkland Memorial, delivers more of those babies than any other hospital in the state. Last year at Parkland, 11,071 babies were born to women who were noncitizens, about 74 percent of total deliveries. Most of these women are believed to be in the country illegally. These Texas numbers alone shoot a gaping hole in the oft repeated numbers of illegals residing in the United States as approximately 12 million — a reported number that has remained stagnant for years.
Now, the issue of birthright citizenship — an inappropriate adaptation of the 14th Amendment — is getting another look by the most unlikely of people. Arizona’s own amnesty architects, Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl, along with Sen. Lindsey Gramnesty (R-SC) have each said they intend to revisit the issue, and are looking at the advisability of a constitutional amendment that would repeal the citizenship provisions.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn is the latest senior Republican to call for a review of birthright citizenship amid complaints that illegal immigrants have abused that post-Civil War constitutional provision.
The amendment was adopted in 1868. Its intent was to allow American-born children of African-born slaves to have all of the rights and privileges of citizenship. It was necessary then, but has no relevancy today.
And widespread abuses abound. This Washington Post article tells of 90-day tourist visas selling to pregnant women for the equivalent of nearly $15,000 in China. There is a growing business of specialty resorts with maternity suites, specifically to ensure American citizenship for the newborns. Mothers from Middle Eastern nations are also coming here to deliver their babies.
In a practice known as birth tourism, millions of foreign tourists visit the United States every year, and a growing number return home with a brand new U.S. citizen in tow. The U.S. and Canada stand alone among industrialized nations to grant citizenship to all children born on its soil. No European nations grant birthright citizenship. Only these nations do.