There are many laws already addressing immigration and naturalization. While looking over some of them, it is clear there are loopholes, that many illegal immigrants, use to their advantage. Recently, the Republicans have suggested reviewing the 14th amendment. The portion that they are considering is:
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”
Granted there are legal immigrants, who are not US citizens, who do have children born in the USA, so there would be some concern by these individuals. But we aren’t talking about the legal immigrants. We are talking about those, who have used their child’s birthright, to stay here in the USA illegally, at the expense of the citizens.
The Democrats think that this is just another ploy by the Republicans, to stoke the fire, and keep it burning up to the mid-term elections. The Democrats are stating that by evaluating the amendment, that the Republicans are taking this out on the child. Not really. First of all, the child hasn’t been born yet, when the mother enters the US, or remains here illegally. The parents are conscientiously making this decision, knowing full well, that they are not legal citizens. The parents aren’t planning on taking care of this child. They are doing this so the United States will take care of this child. It would be nice if all the citizens of this country, would be able to have the United States, take of their children, but it doesn’t. By law, the USA requires the parents to take responsibility, and pay for this child’s health, education and well being. So again, why do illegal immigrants get the breaks? They are choosing to burden the citizens of this country, with providing for their children, because they were born here, and automatically become citizens, due to their birthright. Now with the health care reform bill, once they are born, are now covered under the bill, which is another added increase to the citizens of this country.
In reality, there is a quick fix, to this problem. Change the amendment to read that their birthright is established, at birth, if at least one parent is a legal US citizen. If neither parent is a legal US citizen, then the child does not receive the benefits of its citizenship until it turns 18. This way, the child is still a USA citizen, but we are not burdened with carrying the family, who uses this child, to stay in the United States illegally.
While were are at it, make sure that when the child turns 18, they know the English language. Under the Immigration and Naturalization Act understanding English, history, laws and form of government is required, by law, in order to be a US Citizen. So even though we do not have an official language, you must be able to speak English, in order to be a citizen of this country.
Next time, we will explore Immigration Visas.