Pat Buchanan: Birthright Citizenship Allowing Illegals to Grow Population


We're talking about China, parts of Asia.

No one wanted the ambassador from Someplace to start having American children just because his wife was living with him in the USA. He later lost his seat due to anti-Chinese sentiment in his state. Should we fail to do so, then a future poet may write a poem about how America lost its Constitution one amendment at a time until none were left. In 1895, it was different.

What may come as a surprise to self-proclaimed nationalists like Trump is that not only am I as American as the next citizen, but, in many ways, my story and the story of many other first-generation citizens is the American story that historian James Truslow Adams famously spelled out.

A Moslem-American group, the American Human Rights Council, hit the same themes, including Trump's use of it to rile up his political base.

The Supreme Court also explicitly rejected the argument that aliens, because they owed allegiance to a foreign nation, were not within "the jurisdiction" of the United States.

That court's ultimate decision is back in the spotlight now.

The US President has said he will issue an executive order to dump a constitutional guarantee to citizenship for anyone born on US soil in an interview with news website Axios.

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Recent research by NumbersUSA reveals that should current legal immigration levels continue - where the USA admits more than 1.5 million foreign nationals every year - the country's population will double what it was in 1970.

It's important to understand the situation Wong was born into. Make that 100 year-wait period to 200 years. And while Chinese-Americans made up small percentage of the overall American population, the tide shifted after repeated economic recessions, fueling a racist backlash. The 14th Amendment, added to the Constitution after the Civil War, says: "All persons born or naturalised in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside". When I first heard it, I envisioned Walter Cronkite with a bib and a rattle, until I realized that this derogatory term was being used to denote a child born in the United States who would be able to confer benefits upon an illegal immigrant parent.

Only the Supreme Court will know for sure.

Not that you learned it in college, but the 14th Amendment was specifically written to grant full citizenship rights to all former slaves and their children and to prevent the states from writing new laws depriving them of those rights (which, shamefully, the Southern states did when they passed their racist Jim Crow laws in the late 1800s). The president's critics have largely called out the focus on citizenship - given its legal unlikelihood - as a strategy to get hard-line anti-immigration conservatives to turn out at the polls.

And my lower intestine is ready for some mustard this week, because the drumbeat of "eliminating birthright citizenship" has gotten louder.

Yet should Trump issue an executive order and lose in the Supreme Court, the controversy could raise public consciousness and force Congress to enact legislation to clarify what the 14th Amendment precisely means. The notion of national loyalty is open-ended, requires person-specific determinations, and would put the government in the business of reviewing the ancestry of its citizens. One imagines that if illegal immigration had been an issue at the time, the amendment would read quite differently, in a way that clearly gives Congress the ability to deny citizenship in cases where people broke the law to get it. "I can do it just with an executive order".

Besides the United States, birthright citizenship is common in the Americas including in Argentina, Canada, Chile, Ecuador and Mexico. Jus soli is also, granted with restrictions, open to the children of legal foreign residents in France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain. In 2010, the Center for Immigration Studies estimated that between 300,000 and 400,000 children are born to illegal aliens in the US each year, who hardworking taxpayers have to educate, provide health care and food stamps at an estimated $2.4 billion annually.