Born Here Means Automatic US Citizenship – Should We Change That?
- By Warner Todd Huston
You may have heard the term “anchor baby”? This term is used by the Immigration and Naturalization Service to describe babies born within the borders of the USA, its territories and protectorates to foreign nationals, babies that are then used by these illegal immigrants to gain access to US social services as well as entry into the country.
As things stand today, any child born within US territory is an automatic citizen. And, since we are a compassionate people, we cannot just have babies running around as citizens without allowing their parents some legitimacy, even if shadowy, to live in the US to raise and support that child. Hence, the “anchor” part of the moniker. Illegals have babies to make sure that they are allowed to stay in this great country more often than is comfortable, for sure.
Congress may be re-visiting this concept and looking toward taking away the automatic part of being born a citizen for some, instituting stricter guidelines……….
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