AZ addressing unsustainable costs of birthright citizenship

Once again the daily newspaper is reviling Arizona’s legislative efforts to address the massive problems we face with illegals crossing into our state and the issue of birthright citizenship.

Yesterday, Arizona lawmakers in both chambers introduced legislation (HB 2561 and SB 1309) seeking to challenge the right to U.S. citizenship for children born in the state whose parents are here illegally.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, states have enacted a record number of laws and resolutions addressing the crisis caused by illegal immigration.

Last week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors released figures from the Department of Public Social Services showing that in November 2010, $53 million in welfare benefits ($22 million CalWORKs + $31 million in Food Stamps) were issued to parents who reside in the U.S. illegally and collect benefits for their native-born children in LA County. The report represents an increase of nearly $3 million from November 2009 — approximately 22% of all CalWORKs and Food Stamp issuances in the county.

“When you add this to $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion dollars a year — not including the hundreds of millions of dollars for education,” said L.A. Supervisor Michael Antonovich.

California is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. Take a moment to view the sobering government document here.

On the national front, U.S. Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and David Vitter (R-LA) have introduced a resolution that would amend the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, disallowing automatic citizenship to persons born in the United States to parents here in violation of the law. The requirement would ensure that a least one parent is a legal citizen, legal immigrant, active member of the Armed Forces or a naturalized legal citizen.

“Citizenship is a privilege, and only those who respect our immigration laws should be allowed to enjoy its benefits,” Paul said. “This legislation makes it necessary that everyone follow the rules, and goes through same process to become a U.S. citizen.”

Among the world’s industrialized nations, only the United States and Canada still offer birthright citizenship to tourists and illegal aliens. The revealing list can be seen here, including the nations that have repealed such laws in recent years. Then read about the shocking growth industry known as “birth tourism.”  

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6 Responses to AZ addressing unsustainable costs of birthright citizenship

  1. TeaPartyPatriot says:

    The horrific economic costs of illegals for American citizens and taxpayers has been thoroughly documented by competent professionals. For example, the results of a landmark study by George Borjas, professor of economic and social policy at Harvard University, showed that Arizona workers lose $1.4 billion in wages a year because companies there hire illegals and because foreigners in the state illegally have reduced the employment rate of legal Arizona residents. In addition, the outstanding 2007 Heritage Foundation study by Robert Rector showed that the average cost to taxpayers in government services is about $32,000 per household of illegals.

    Furthermore, it was recently reported that the IRS provides nearly $2 BILLION in credits to illegals who don’t even have social security numbers, since the lunatic-left d-crat socialists in congress won’t correct the law to prevent this give-away!

    So either you help rid America of the infestation of illegals, or you pay through the nose to support them.

    What do you choose to do?

  2. American Dad says:

    I applaud Sen. Russell Pearce, Rep. John Kavanagh and all of the other patriots who have signed on to this legislation here in AZ. We can no longer afford to give aid and comfort to those who disregard our borders and disrespect our laws, while costing countless millions to Arizona’s taxpayers.

    Like generations before us, my wife and I hope to raise law abiding citizens and afford them at least the same opportunities we had in this great land. The way things are going, America is turning itself over to Mexico and selling its soul to China. I fear for my young children. We need to replace any elected representative of the people who talks amnesty for lawbreakers. America has a rich history of welcoming immigrants. Those are the people who use the legal means to become citizens. Illegals are not immigrants! They are criminals. Big difference, “my friends.”

  3. Vagabond says:

    We need these laws as well as enforcement of the ones supposedly on the books. I’m a registered Independent and wholeheartedly support these Republicans and their efforts. Thank you to each and every one of you who have sponsored or co-sponsored the House and Senate versions.

  4. paul marchant says:

    “you cannot have both open borders and a welfare state”, Milton Friedman.

  5. sherriaz says:

    Mainstreet Americans are waking up and making their voices heard on the idiocy of birthright citizenship, a complete fabrication of the original intent of the 14th amendment and a poor ruling by the Supreme Court. Yet another reason why Nobama needs to be a one term president: packing the Court with liberals will insure that illegals are provided unheard of protections well into this century.