It’s time to acknowledge that violating our laws reaps rewards
The supporters of amnesty for those who have entered our country illegally are once again attempting to shove this ill-conceived and costly notion down the throats of American citizens. And once again the impact and the numbers are underestimated. For the better part of a decade we have been fed a stagnate 10+ million.
Through his pre-election political posturing and executive orders, Barack Obama authorized “deferred action” for illegals up to the age of 30 — who allege they were brought here as children — allowing them to remain in the U.S. for two years, with indefinite renewals. They can also apply for work authorization, adding an estimated 2 million job-seekers to the workforce at a time of record unemployment. There is no possible way to refute their claims or enforce restrictions.
U.S.-born children of illegal aliens are not only eligible for instant citizenship, but are the key to sponsoring extended family members legally into the country once they turn 21, through the insidious practice of chain migration. As we have previously reported, a thriving industry known as birth tourism caters to pregnant women from China, the Middle East, and various other nations who want to ensure their children have U.S. citizenship.
The United States (along with Canada) is the remaining developed nation to grant automatic citizenship to children born within its borders, regardless of the parents’ status.
These nations repealed Birthright Citizenship in recent years: Australia (2007), New Zealand (2005), Ireland (2005), France (1993), India (1987), Malta (1989), United Kingdom (1983), and Portugal (1981). Numbers USA has the complete list with notes and citations regarding birthright citizenship laws in the countries listed — along with those counties with and without these provisions.
In 2011, H.R.140, the Birthright Citizenship Bill — with 90 co-sponsors — was introduced in Congress. Its intent was to end the practice of granting automatic citizenship to all children born in the U.S., by amending the Immigration and Nationality Act, not the Constitution.
The 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which rightly applied to American-born children of freed African-born slaves, was enacted in 1868 after the Civil War. Many legal scholars believe it has been misinterpreted.
The exact and brief wording of H.R. 140 can be read here. Upon being referred to the sub-committee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, it appears to have died. Among the Republicans in the Arizona congressional delegation, just one name is missing: Jeff Flake.
You know the rest of the story. He is now in the U.S. Senate, where he is part of the Gang of Eight pushing Shamnesty under the guise of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, with his new buddy John McCain.
We’ve been down this path before. In 1986 Ronald Reagan signed what came to be known as the Simpson/Mazzoli Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). It promised to be a one-time arrangement to fix “a broken immigration system,” by granting 3 to 5 million illegal aliens legal status. The bill included “employer sanctions” and “border security.”
The Center for Immigration Studies has this excellent article titled “Before Considering Another Amnesty, Look at IRCA’s Lessons” by David North. We highly recommend it to you.