Thursday, August 12, 2010

Anchor Babies the Immigration Problem Du Jour

Rick Moran at American Thinker Blog highlights a rather stunning statistic, 8% of babies born in the United States are "anchor babies" that is children born to what the Pew Hispanic Center calls "unautorized immigrants" (which is just P.C. for illegal immigrants).

there is a movement afoot to alter the 14th Amendment to get rid of birthright citizenship. Aside from the practical hurdles of amending the Constitution itself, this is just a really bad idea. The problem is not anchor babies. If I were poor and I could come to the U.S. to have my child in a clean, professionally staffed and equipped public hospital in this country where infant mortality is very, very low, I would. That is just common sense.

Rather the problem is not denying birthright citizenship, but perhaps curtailing the right of anchor babies to sponsor their illegal unauthorized immigrant parents into citizenship. Yes, the process would take 18 years before mom and dad could be sponsored into the country legally, but since no enforcement of immigration rules exists now, many illegal immigrant families will just sit out the time, since ICE can't deport a U.S. citizen and ICE is extremely unlikely to split up families.

Are anchor babies a policy problem? The babies themselves aren't the problem, the fact that the U.S. does such a poor job policing immigration is.

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