The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday is the impact of illegal immigration on America. According to Representative Lamar Smith of Texas, there are approximately “400,000 children” born each year “to those who are unlawfully in the United States” or “10 percent of all births.” Anyone with elementary math can figure out that “this number is likely to continue” because there are “more than 11 million illegal immigrants in the country today.
“These children automatically receive many of the same rights and privileges as United States citizens despite their parents’ illegal status. Birthright citizenship bestows on these individuals billions of dollars in federal benefits each year in the form of Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare, refundable tax credits, nutrition and housing assistance, and eventually work authorization. Of course, taxpayers foot the bill.
“Birthright citizenship also rewards illegal immigrant
parents. It all but guarantees that they will never be deported. And the parents indirectly reap the government benefits going to their children.”
You can read the rest of the article by Representative Smith here. I agree with Mr. Smith that the debate over birthright citizenship must continue. We must have an immigration system that puts the interests of America and Americans before foreign nationals. We need a Congress that will look at Amendment 14 seriously and realize “Congress never intended to treat all persons born on American soil as citizens.”