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. The functionality of America as a nation-state is ultimately at stake. Should he win in 2020, Trump should make the abolition of birthright citizenship his number one executive priority.
Minnesota Had Record Numbers of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in 2020
Red or blue, Americans nationwide are getting strapped.
Gun sales have boomed all across America. And it’s not just the Red states. Blue states like Minnesota have also witnessed an increase in the number of concealed carry permits issued.
According to Valley News Live, over 96,000 permits were issued in 2020, which represented the highest number of permits issued since carry permits became legal in 2003. Furthermore, 2020’s numbers represented a twofold increase from 2019 in the number of permits issued.
Tom Knighton of Bearing Arms noted that roughly “400,000 permits have been issued in total in a state of just over 5.6 million people.”
The Valley News Live piece actually conceded that the increase in permits issued was largely the result of a “ rise in violent crime in the Twin Cities and the civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd.”
Minneapolis was the epicenter of social unrest after the death of George Floyd in late May 2020. With calls to defund the police and irresponsible political leadership that refused to decisively crack down on crime, Minnesotans began to take matters into their own hands.
Gun owners are ultimately the most effective first responders in times of crisis and overall breakdowns of social order. Minnesota’s gun laws are actually quite strict, which has earned it dismal rankings in Guns & Ammo magazine’s rankings for Best States for Gun Owners (39th place) and Best States for Concealed Carry (37th place). Regardless of the sub-optimal gun policies, Minnesotans still instinctively understand the importance of the right to carry.
2020 was a big year for gun sales and showed that the right to bear arms still has a massive constituency of people that can be targeted and activated for future occasions. Serious Republican campaigns should recognize this trend and make targeting gun owners a major priority throughout their get out the vote programs.
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