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American Children of Undocumented Immigrants: Left of Center View

I hate to say it, as it seemingly goes against all my otherwise liberal beliefs. I willingly admit that I am not as up on this subject as I should be and my information may be out of date, and if that is the case I apologize for my remarks, but I just donít think being born on American soil is enough to qualify for citizenship.

If one parent is already a citizen the child should automatically qualify for citizenship, no matter where the birth takes place. But the notion that just because you are born in a country you are automatically a citizen is ludicrous. Obviously if the baby is a citizen and entitled to stay in the country the parents must be allowed to do so also. And if both parents are living here, then logically so must all of their children. This is exactly the kind of legislative loophole that needs to be eradicated across the board.

America is supposed to be the land of the level playing field. The place where anyone can grow up to become President, but it is becoming more and more apparent that the silver spoon in your mouth is far more important than the grey matter between your ears or the ambition in your heart. Resources for those that need them most in this country are already stretched perilously thin, to add more dependants to the roster simply because a woman made it across an imaginary line before she went into labor is unfair to those that are here legitimately.

To be fair it should also be noted that most of our immigration policies are aimed at barring the poor from entering the country. We donít really have a problem with letting citizens from more affluent nations come and stay almost as long as they like. And part of the reason this prejudice is allowed to continue because of loopholes like this. You wouldnít let a guest into your house if you thought youíd be obligated to let them stay indefinitely.

Medical facilities are already stretched to capacity. Lack of preventive care and legislation that encourages those who canít afford to pay for it to seek medical help in the nationís emergency rooms have already made a bad situation worse. To further encourage this by rewarding a mother to not get pre-natal care out of deportation fear, and yet reward her for rushing to the hospital at the very last minute to have a documented birth on American soil is simply insane.

We are willing to give up our civil liberties to protect us from terrorists but we still allow children born to people here illegally to become citizens. This makes no sense. What if a would-be terrorist thatís here illegally has a child that they will raise to hate everything we stand for in America? Should that one-day threat to our children be allowed to be an American citizen just because they were born here? Whatís to keep them from using their citizenship to recruit other terrorists inside America or to marry and bring up more American citizen children to be terrorists? If we are going to have immigration laws then they need to be sensibly administered and not leave a bunch of loopholes open to cheat the system. Doing otherwise is not fair or smart.


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American Children of Undocumented Immigrants: Right of Center View

The birthright laws in America may be doing a disservice to the people of this nation. It seems today that there is an active strategy among unlawful immigrants to come to America when pregnant to deliver their child and have what has come to be called an ďanchor babyĒ. These babies by virtue of being born inside the borders of the United States are American citizens and therefore cannot be deported. When it comes time to deport the parents, they cry foul because they will be separated from their children or have to take them back to the poor conditions of their own home country. This strategy gives ammunition to the advocates of open borders because it makes the government look cruel for breaking up families when the actual blame for the situation lies with the parents that knowingly came to America illegally and put themselves in the situation of facing deportation without their children.

To address this issue it may be time to redefine birthright citizenship in America. Maybe itís time to change the standard to say that only if a child has at least one American citizen parent can they be an American citizen by birth. Some might argue that we would be denying citizenship unfairly to these children but the question of fairness is unwarranted because they rightfully shouldnít have been born here in the first place. Their parents were here illegally and therefore the fact that they were born here should not come into play. As American citizens they are born with the rights to have free education, social services and all of the benefits that their parents do not qualify for under the law. That is not good government. That is the type of logic that has created massive deficits and left our children facing massive national debt for decades to come.

Many liberals seem to be of the opinion that we can just take on as many people as want to come to America with no adverse impact on our society or economy. This simply is not the case. In a capitalist economy there need to be adequate jobs to support the economic needs of the populace in order for the populace to consume the goods and services being produced and imported. If you have an abundance of people and a shortage of jobs you end up with people out of work depending on wither the government or the charity of others for their survival. Anyone who has been to Detroit recently can tell you that there are already many people that are suffering in America due to inadequate jobs to support the populace. The departure of the auto manufacturing industry from that region has left thousands of people out of work or working for far less than they need to support their families. The end result is an unduly large population of working poor, criminals and indigents where the majority of people used to be self-sufficient workers. Adding more people to this economic picture can only make things worse.

Birthright should have meaning and have some basis in family history. To be an American should be more than simply being delivered in an American hospital. Allowing the children of unlawful immigrants to be American citizens simply for the timing of their birth is essentially rewarding the behavior of illegally entering our country. Itís time to change the law and stop rewarding unlawful behavior.

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Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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