Monday, February 06, 2006
February 6 2006 Guard the Border Blogburst
Anchor babies. We all know about this: illegal immigrants, sneaking across the border just in time to rush to the hospital and give birth for free at any hospital (thanks to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act of 1985). Right now, those babies born on our land are given automatic citizenship, which allows the illegal parents to not only stay in our country, but reap the benefits of a government-paid lifestyle: food stamps, free health care, free schools, free everything.
What's the problem, besides the fact that none of them should be here to begin with? The Constitution doesn't even give them this right - unlike what open border lobbyists will have you believe. The entire "anchor baby" problem is due to a complete and utter bastardization of the American Constitution. The phrase "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof" is in that amendment. It means those who subscribe to the laws of the land; those who come under American jurisdiction; those who choose to be American.
Jack Ward has a phenomenal article on anchor babies, and explains the misinterpretation:
To understand the correct interpretation of the 14th Amendment we need to understand what the co-author of the amendment wrote about the Amendment. In 1866, Senator Jacob Howard wrote, "This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors, or foreign ministers accredited to the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons." Senator Howard wrote the addition phrase specifically because he wanted to make it clear that the simple accident of birth in the US is not sufficient to justify citizenship.
Does the government already know this? Yes.
The US Supreme Court recognized this when they ruled in 1873 that the phrase (and subject to the jurisdiction thereof) excluded "children of ministers, consuls, and citizens of foreign states born within the United States." Since the court recognized that the children of foreign citizens and diplomats should not be granted US citizenship, why should anyone think that the children of those that enter the US illegally are subject to the jurisdiction of the US government? The simple answer is no thinking person would. The anchor baby parents are neither US citizens, subject to US jurisdiction, nor do they owe any allegiance to the US. Federal immigration laws require aliens to renounce all allegiance to any foreign government and to support the US Constitution to become citizens. The parents of anchor babies never fulfilled this obligation and were never "subject to the jurisdiction" of the US.
Both the author of the 14th Amendment and the US Supreme Court recognized that an alien mother and her baby are subject to the jurisdiction of their native country - not the US. The 14th Amendment wasn't created to provide an end run for aliens to defy US immigration laws. But politicians have subverted the Constitution and allowed citizenship to any child born in the US. This misinterpretation is not accidental - it is intentional. An error of this magnitude could not be accidental.
In Oklahoma, social workers are knowingly allowing immigrants to sign up for welfare by putting in someone else's Social Security number for them! In other words, if you live in Oklahoma, you might be ‘receiving welfare’ and not even know because some illegal is receiving benefits under your name. Isn't that nice?
The Supreme Court already has ruled on a case! There is precedent, case law already on the books for anchor babies! There is no excuse for this going on, just as there is no excuse for illegal immigration at all.
Blogs already on board:
A Lady's Ruminations
TMH's Bacon Bits
The Right Track
Ogre's Politics and Views
In The Bullpen
Stuck on Stupid
Third World County
Right on the Right
The Irate Nation
Bear Creek Ledger
Something and Half of Something
The Neo-Con Blogger
Ravings of a Mad Tech
Mensa Barbie Welcomes You
Intergalactic Source of Truth
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