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Friday, August 13, 2010

Majority Oppose Automatic Citizenship Of Children Of Illegal Aliens


A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of U.S. Adults finds that 58% oppose automatic citizenship for a child born in this country to an illegal immigrant. That number has not changed since early June. A third of adults (34%) believe those children should become U.S. citizens.

Allowing children of illegal immigrants to obtain citizenship because their families illegally entered our country and had a baby is simply encouraging more illegals to sneak into America.

That is the cold hard truth and people should not be afraid to state it clearly.

Is it a child's fault that their parents committed a crime and entered the U.S. illegally? NO.

Is it America's fault that the child's parents entered the U.S. illegally? NO.

It is the parents of those so-called "anchor babies" fault and they should be held accountable and not rewarded for breaking our laws.

[Update] Fact is this is an issue that has support from both sides of the aisle, or it did before Harry Reid flip flopped.

H/T Hot Air and Weasel Zippers for pointing out a Washington Times piece showing that in 1993 Harry Reid actually wrote legislation to deny anchor babies legal citizenship.

Mr. Reid introduced a bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee as the Immigration Stabilization Act of 1993. The bill, which died in committee after it was referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Refugee Affairs, includes tough immigration provisions that would make many wonder where Mr. Reid truly stands on the immigration and border debate.

Title X of the Reid introduced bill shows the Nevada Democrat took Senator Lindsey Graham's, South Carolina Republican, idea on the interpretation of the 14th Amendment and documented it into legislation:

"TITLE X—CITIZENSHIP 4 SEC. 1001. BASIS OF CITIZENSHIP CLARIFIED. In the exercise of its powers under section of the Fourteenth Article of Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the Congress has determined and hereby declares that any person born after the date of enactment of this title to a mother who is neither a citizen of the United States nor admitted to the United States as a lawful permanent resident, and which person is a national or citizen of another country of which either of his or her natural parents is a national or citizen, or is entitled upon application to become a national or citizen of such country, shall be considered as born subject to the jurisdiction of that foreign country and not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States within the meaning of section 1 of such Article and shall therefore not be a citizen of the United States or of any State solely by reason of physical presence within the United States at the moment of birth."

Mr. Reid, flip flopper, meet Senator Lindsey Graham, flip flopper.