Business Week is running an on-line debate today on federal policy of giving U.S. citizenship to every baby born within our borders -- including more than 400,000 per year born to illegal aliens.
I was given 200 words to make the case against birthright citienship. Click here to read both sides of the debate and to leave your own comments as part of the debate.
MY BUSINESS WEEK ARGUMENT AGAINST BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP
Maternity tourism is just the beginning of the silliness of birthright citizenship that goes to the babies of foreign students, temporary foreign workers, international travelers--and the millions who break the law to criminally enter this country.
All told, federal law (not the Constitution) gives citizenship to an estimated minimum 400,000 babies each year who don’t have even one parent who is a U.S. citizen or permanent legal immigrant. This is a huge impediment to efforts to stabilize U.S. population to allow for environmental sustainability. And it is a great incentive for more illegal immigration.
Each of these babies becomes an anchor who retards deportation of unlawfully present parents--and who eventually will be an anchor for entire families and villages as chain migration leads to the immigration of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Birthright citizenship is an antiquated practice that has been abandoned by nearly all wealthy nations and emerging nations (recently India and Indonesia) and by the majority of poor nations.
The Supreme Court has ruled only that the Constitution requires babies of legal immigrants be U.S. citizens. It is time to join the modern world, pass H.R. 1868 (Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009), and limit citizenship to babies who have at least one parent who is a citizen or legal immigrant.
ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA
Updated: Fri, Jul 24th 2009 @ 8:07pm EDT