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Anchor Babies - Should At Least One Parent Have To Be An American Citizen For Birthright Citizenship?: Left of Center View

“Anchor babies” it’s amazing how callously some people can reduce a human life to an object of inconvenience. A child is born, innocent and helpless, and before its first smile is seen or its first diaper changed someone has reduced it to nothing more than a tool to aid someone in breaking the law. How far have we fallen as a nation that we denigrate newborn children for being born to those who some think shouldn’t be inside our borders?

At some point a society has to be judged by how its members treat those around them. We fight wars to defend the honor and freedom of strangers half a world away but we cannot afford a child the dignity of not referring to them as “anchor babies”. The funny thing is that most of the people denouncing these children the loudest are the descendents of immigrants. And let’s be honest, they are primarily speaking of the children of people from Mexico when they are referring to “anchor babies”. The funny thing about that is that a good portion of modern day America was populated by the ancestors of modern day Mexicans before they were forced to leave their native lands.

If there were any equity in the world, the people of European heritage would be the ones having to fight to be Americans while the native peoples of North America had their lands restored to them. It was the Europeans that murdered the natives with “gifts” of blankets that were teeming with smallpox knowing full well that the people they were giving them to would almost surely die from using them.

Whatever you want to call it, birthright citizenship is good. I would argue that for those who can trace their ancestry back to a time before the Europeans conquered North America citizenship should also be their birthright. They have ancestral claim to the land. If we recognized that there is a good chance that the majority of “illegal” immigrants from Mexico would have birthright citizenship already.


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Anchor Babies - Should At Least One Parent Have To Be An American Citizen For Birthright Citizenship?: Right of Center View

Some countries allow for either citizenship by blood or by soil. America is one of those countries. Right or wrong, that’s how it is. The sad truth is that every minute of every day somewhere in America there is someone born who will turn out to be bad for our country. Jeffrey Dahmer was the child of American citizens but America would have been far better off if he had never lived here. I guess the point is the privileges of citizenship should not necessarily hang on who your parents are but rather what you contribute to the nation.

Perhaps a better approach would be to have people renew their citizenship periodically. Make people take a test to see if they even know about the country they live in. Maybe citizenship in this most wonderful of democracies should depend on people’s support for their fellow citizens. Require volunteering in the community you live in. Make people actually work for the privilege of living here.

It’s probably odd for some to hear a conservative talk about taking a hard look at Americans to see if they deserve to stay here but the truth is our nation is going to hell in a handcart because people that are born here don’t give a damn about taking care of the country that gives them so much. Maybe we do need to look at holding American citizens accountable for their contributions to the common good. If you’re a lousy American then maybe you don’t deserve to be an American.

To see if the birthright thing is fair I looked up how they do it in Mexico. Funny thing is, they do it pretty much the same as we do. If you’re born on Mexican soil, you can be a citizen of Mexico. Their rules for birthright are pretty much the same as ours. In the end the American policy is fair but imperfect. We get baggage with babies born to illegal immigrants and we get baggage with babies born to Americans. Who knows which of the kids born with all that baggage might turn out to be a serial killer and which a rocket scientist...

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A Legal Immigrant’s Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

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 “The Race” 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 isn’t 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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