Birthright Citizenship Essay
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If you were to buy a fresh pair of Nike's from a street vendor and when you get home, the `N' falls off uncovering an `S', do you still consider them Nike's? Honestly, look at what they really are. They are Sike's. No matter how hard they try to be Nike's, they will always be Sike's. You can cover the `S' with an `N' but can you ever really replace the `S'? No, you can not, so why should an illegal immigrant gain American citizenship rights just because they were born in America?
In 1868, the United States of America's Congress adopted the 14th Amendment to the Constitution stating that, "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…show more content…
He says, "Anchor Babies can import relatives through America's nepotistic chain migration system" because the principal qualification for legal immigration is having relatives in the United States. The irony of the situation is he had to go through numerous hardships for his own child to become a citizen of the United States. Wall believes it is completely unfair for these Illegals to be entitled to automatic citizenship as well as welfare benefits. These immigrants also are minorities which qualifies them for affirmative action, a law that maintains colleges keep a certain percentage of minorities on campus causing whites to get overlooked frequently.
It is estimated that between 287,000 to 363,000 anchor babies are born a year, and there could be countless more because hospital workers can not inquire of patients' legality. California provides free natal care and delivery to all pregnant mothers no matter of citizenship and it costs the state 215.2 million dollars a year. Californians voted to end the program, but at the state government session, the president of Mexico provided an argument to strike the vote down.
Another example of someone abusing the 14th amendment's birthright citizenship is in the case of Yaser Esam Hamdi. Hamdi was born a U.S. citizen in Louisiana to Arabian parents there on work visas. He scarcely lived in the U.S. before going
1 American citizenship is and should be a birthright. It is law that anybody born on U.S. soil is automatically a citizen of these United States of America. “Jus Soli”, otherwise known as the right of soil”, was created off of the principles enacted within the Fourteenth Amendment to the constitution. We have abided by this law since July of 1868 and to repeal or even make efforts at reforming it would be a terrible idea. Linda Chavez, author of “The Case for Birthright Citizenship” represents my view on the issue and supports it through various arguments within her publication. In our shared opinion, repealing the birthright amendment would change the essence of what it means to be American. In contrast, George F. Will, author of “An Argument to Be Made About Immigrant Babies and Citizenship”, argues that reform will remove the incentive for illegal immigration. His ideas are centered on the issue of babies born from illegal immigrants within the United States and whether they should receive the right of citizenship, which was arguably intended for only freed slaves. Citizenship was a basic right, created by the authors of the Constitution of the United States of America, which should be upheld throughout legislation in the permanent future for people of all races and backgrounds. An illegal immigrant is defined as an individual who crosses over the border into the United States and enters the U.S. without an entry or immigrant visa, especially a person who crosses the border by avoiding inspection or who overstays the period of time allowed as a visitor, tourist, or businessperson. Illegal Immigrants account for only four percent of the total population but account for eight percent of children born. The debate surrounding the information is whether or not babies of undocumented aliens should be given birthright citizenship. In my opinion, it is the direct right of every child born within the United States of America to own the basic rights guaranteed under the constitution and to receive citizenship.