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Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Racket of Importing Pregnant Women

It's long overdue for Congress to stop the racket of bringing pregnant women into this country to give birth, receive free medical care, and then call their babies U.S. citizens entitled to all American rights and privileges plus generous handouts. At least 350,000 babies are born to illegal aliens in the United States every year. That's 10% of all births. An entire industry called "birth tourism," offering "birth packages," imports pregnant women from all over the world, Korea to Turkey. 12,000 U.S.-born Turkish babies have been arranged in the last few years. An electronic billboard in Mexico advertises the services of an American doctor and proclaims in big letters, "Do you want to have your baby in the U.S?"

The advantages of what is called birthright citizenship are immense. The babies get taxpayer handouts from Medicaid (including birth costs), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, and food stamps. Obviously, the baby shares his goodies with his family. As soon as the child becomes an adult, he can legalize his parents, bring into the U.S. a foreign-born spouse and any foreign-born siblings. They all can then bring in their own extended families, a policy called chain migration.

The amnesty crowd tries to tell us that the 14th Amendment requires us to make automatic citizens of "all persons" born in the United States, but they conveniently ignore the rest of the sentence. It's not enough to be "born" in the U.S.; a baby can claim citizenship only if the baby is born "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States. Tomorrow, I'll explain what the 14th Amendment really means.

Terminating the anchor baby racket is very popular with the American people. The Rasmussen poll reports that 58% oppose it, while only 33% favor it.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

Further Reading: Amnesty

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