Sen. Russell Pearce faces an uphill battle in his quest to deny citizenship to children born in the United States, even if the parents are undocumented, since the 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees citizenship to anyone born in the United States.
In the charged climate surrounding the immigration debate in the country, don't think for a second, however, that Pearce and others of his ilk aren't going to test the boundaries of the law in an effort to further squeeze undocumented residents.
Pearce questions why the child of two illegal residents can gain citizenship if the parents can not.
It is estimated by the Rand Corp. that American taxpayers spend more than $1.1 billion in health care costs for undocumented residents, the majority of whom come from Mexico and Central America. According to estimates from the Pew Hispanic Center, a good chunk of that sum comes from medical expenses of the estimated 300,000 births to illegal residents each year.
Pearce maintains that "blind spot[s]" in our law, such as granting automatic citizenship to the offspring of illegal residents, provides a powerful magnetfor couples to come to the United States to give birth in order to gain the rights of citizenship that they ironically can not enjoy.
Under Pearce's proposal, the state would withhold birth certificates from parents unless at least one parent could prove legal status.
It is an interesting but fatally flawed campaign by Pearce and his cohorts. And the reason why it is flawed is simple: It goes against current law.
I believe that there are some people who come to here to have children with the purpose of getting citizenship for the offspring. Their children are sometimes referred to as anchor babies,a term that immigration advocates find insulting and discriminatory.
Shame on parents who are here illegally and have a child here simply to gain the child citizenship. But two wrongs don't make a right. We can't allow their misdeeds to force this country into an even bigger misdeed like ignoring the Constitution.
Said more simply, states can not enact their own laws to sidestep the U.S. Constitution. End of story.
People who oppose illegal immigration want the strict enforcement of current immigration laws. That is all well and good, but you can't pick which laws to obey or you'll have anarchy.
So if Pearce is serious about denying citizenship to babies of illegal immigrants, he needs to start by amending the U.S. Constitution.
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