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 The revealing list can be seen here, including the nations that have repealed such laws in recent years.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.”