The Trump administration continues to drag its feet on the question of ending birthright citizenship.
Breitbart News reported on the present impact of birthright citizenship.
According to a 2018 analysis from the Center for Immigration Studies, approximately 300,000 U.S.-born children of illegal aliens are born annually
These children are labeled as “anchor babies” and immediately acquire American citizenship. They effectively anchor their illegal or foreign parents in the country.
Additionally, foreign tourists, foreign visa workers, and foreign students give birth to 72,000 anchor babies on a yearly basis. Like the ones born to illegal aliens, they immediately obtain American citizenship, as John Binder puts it, “simply for being born within the parameters of the country.”
In total, 372,000 anchor babies were born in 2019 despite Trump’s commitment to sign an executive order ending the nation’s “anchor baby policy.” Birthright citizenship acts as a massive magnet for illegal immigration, as pregnant women cross the border to secure American citizenship for their offspring.
To put it in perspective, more anchor babies were born in 2019 than the births in each of the 50 states with the exceptions of California and Texas. For example, 455,000 babies are delivered annually in California, while in Texas, 379,000 babies are delivered. These numbers are slightly higher than the anchor baby birth totals.
So far, the U.S. Supreme Court has never directly ruled that the American-born children of illegal aliens must receive automatic American citizenship. However, a number of legal scholars disagree with this notion.
A significant portion of leading conservative scholars contend that the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment does not grant mandatory birthright citizenship to the U.S.-born children of illegal aliens or noncitizens. In their view, anchor babies are not subject to the U.S.’s jurisdiction as the language of the 14th Amendment was understood at the time it was ratified.
Currently, there are at least 4.5 million anchor babies in America under the age of 18. This number exceeds the approximately four million American babies born annually. Further, these anchor babies cost American taxpayers about $2.4 billion every year to subsidize their hospital costs.
Without a doubt, Trump will need to run on a strong immigration restriction platform in the 2020 elections. Should he win in 2020, Trump should make the abolition of birthright citizenship his number executive priority.
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