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Illegal Immigration is an Economic and Moral Issue, Not a Racist Issue

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

By Elois Zeanah

Why would President Obama push amnesty when debt is on a disastrous path?  Amnesty would cost taxpayers an additional $1 trillion dollars every year forevermore, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.  Currently, illegal immigration costs taxpayers $113 billion yearly.  We’re broke! Taxpayers cannot afford more taxes.  Yet protests to this preposterous timing will in all likelihood be called “racist”.

Opposition to illegal immigration is an economic and moral issue, not a racist issue.  Illegal immigration contributes mightily to the financial crises in education, entitlement programs, healthcare, and deficits.  It is immoral to further harm our financial future, and to continue to steal from our children money they haven’t yet earned.  Amnesty would do this.

Fixing the illegal immigration problem can be done through attrition in three steps: (1)  Secure the border.  (2) Remove the jobs magnet by requiring employers to use a free, fast and accurate Internet program (E-Verify) that was designed to crack down on unscrupulous employers.   (3) Remove the welfare magnet by passing U.S. House Bill 140 to end automatic birthright citizenship for children born to non-citizens.

It is immoral that U.S. birthright citizenship can be “sold”, “stolen”, or “traded”.  Foreigners can buy U.S. citizenship for their children for the price of a ticket to the U.S. or get it free by stealing over the border. Politicians could easily fix this problem.   But unfortunately politicians often trade our most cherished birthright, citizenship, for votes, campaign contributions and power.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: Why is U.S. Birthright Citizenship for Sale?

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

By  Elois Zeanah
September 15, 2010

The expose that Asian businesses are “selling” U.S. birthright citizenship packages for tourists hit national news recently.  The practice is not new, however.   Foreigners worldwide have known about the cheap sale of U.S. citizenship for many years .

 Foreigners can buy U.S. citizenship for their children (and eventually get it for themselves) for the price of a ticket to the U.S. or get it free by stealing over the border.  Some foreigners come to the U.S. to get dual citizenship for their children; others birth their babies in the U.S. to get on the U.S. taxpayer dole and stay for life.   What is new is that U.S. citizens are just learning that:

 America bestows automatic birthright citizenship on babies born on U.S. soil regardless of whether their parents are tourists, terrorists, in the U.S. for one hour or one year, or in the U.S. illegally, and taxpayers pay billions of dollars a year for these anchor babies.  The exposure of this practice  has spurred outrage and national debate over birthright citizenship.  For sure, the President and Members of Congress have known about this travesty for a long, long time, but plan to do nothing about it unless Americans catch on to what’s happening and demand that Congress and the President fix this huge problem that cost taxpayers over $100 billion every year. 

Why do politicians not want to fix the problem?  Just as Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a momentary fleshly gratification, politicians are trading Americans’ most precious birthright, citizenship, for votes for momentary power.   RINOs (Republicans in name only) cater to outlaw business contributors who break the law to get cheap labor.   Democrats dangle free services to illegal aliens to buy votes. 

This is why U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder won’t enforce federal immigration laws.  This is why U.S. Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano won’t seal the border.  And this is why the Obama Administration sues states like Arizona who will enforce federal immigration laws that government won’t.  And as unreal as it sounds, this is why the Obama Administration complained to the United Nations Human Rights Council and asked this international organization to trump U.S. Constitutional law and accuse Arizona of trampling human rights and being a rogue state.

Is a constitutional amendment needed?  There is a movement underfoot to mislead voters that a constitutional amendment is necessary to define what “citizen” means.  This is wrong!  Beware of politicians who try to fool voters as Esau deceived his father by dressing in the hairy skins of baby goats to steal his brother’s blessing from his father Issac.   American citizenship is a blessing from our Founding Fathers and should be treasured and safeguarded .

The same politicians who advocate a constitutional amendment are the same politicians who supported amnesty in the past and will in the future.  Politicians who make an impassioned case against birthright citizenship, then turn around and try to tie up the issue in a long drawn out and unnecessary constitutional amendment are either misinformed or purposefully trying to deceive citizens to avoid accountability. 

How can we stop automatic birthright citizenship for children of non-citizens?   First, we must inform all Members of Congress how birthright citizenship is tied directly to government spending, taxes, deficits and the national debt.  Most don’t know the taxpayers pay $113 billion in taxes for illegal immigrants every year and that illegal immigration is a major contributor to spending, deficits and debt that plague both federal and state governments. 

Second, we must educate our individual Members of Congress that Section 5 of the 14th Amendment gives Congress the power to reinstate the original intent of the Citizenship Clause.  The 1868 intent of the Citizenship Clause was to ensure that newly freed slaves could not be denied U.S. citizenship, and the jurisdictional clause was added so that the 14th Amendment could not be interpreted as a blanket grant of birthright citizenship to any person who by accident of birth was born on U.S. soil to parents of “foreigners or aliens”, but bureaucrats have expanded this definition.

And third, we must request that our states’ House of Representatives join other cosponsors of H.R. 140 which clarifies and reinstates the intent of the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment, and ask our Senators to introduce a companion bill in the Senate.   

The only way to end the explosive problem of illegal immigration and unfair taxation is to ban automatic birthright citizenship.  Every developed nation except Canada and the United Stated did so years ago to protect their national security, economy and taxpayers.   The definition of “citizen” can be done through legislation; a constitutional amendment is not needed.

Banning birthright citizenship will immediately reduce spending, taxes, deficits and debt.  How often is it that Legislators can solve so many problems with just one vote?   Spread the word to your family and friends and contact your Members of Congress.


Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

By Elois Zeanah

How many developed  nations give birthright citizenship to illegal aliens and tourists?  Only the United States and Canada!  Most countries ban birthright citizenship because of security threats and because of unbearable costs which take invaluable resources and burden federal, state and local budgets and taxpayers.  

U.S. Representative Nathan Deal (and now governor) of Georgia, stated that 123 countries do not allow automatic birthright citizenship for children of non-citizens born in their countries.  A sampling of these countries follows: 

Countries that Grant Automatic Birthright Citizenship 

Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cameroon, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Spain, United States, and Venezuela. 

Countries that do NOT Grant Automatic Birthright Citizenship 

Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Columbia, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and Zaire.

H.R. 140, The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2011 to clarify the language/intent of “citizen” in the 14th Amendment to join other countries and stop the abuse of immigrants (illegal aliens and visitors on visas) who come to the United States to have children to give their children dual citizenship; to prevent them from entering military service in their countries; and to get free education, welfare, healthcare and other benefits paid for by U.S. taxpayers.  

Click to read the bill, who the sponsor and co-sponsors are, and what the status is.  If your U.S. Congressman has not co-sponsored this legislation, please call his/her office and request that he/she do so. 

Notes and Sources: 

Ireland banned birthright citizenship in June 2004.  Ireland was the only country left in the European Union to grant automatic birthright citizenship to non-citizens.  (“Voters Reject Automatic Citizenship for Babies Born in Ireland,” New York Times International”, September 13, 2004.) 

 New Zealand changed its law to ban automatic birthright citizenship in 2006.  (“Birthright Citizenship Abolished in New Zealand,” January 1, 2006, Newstalk ZB).  “The Basic Right of Citizenship, A Comparative Study”, September 1993, by Sarah A. Adams. on August 9,2010, reports the dates the following countries banned birthright citizenship to children of non-citizens:  Australia (2007); New Zealand (2006); Ireland (2005); France (1993); India (1987); United Kingdom (1983); and Portugal (198).

Why is Birthright Citizenship a Magnet as Strong as Jobs?

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

By Elois Zeanah

Consider this scenario:   

Put yourself in the shoes of a Mexican citizen still living in Mexico.  One day you get a phone call from friends and family in the U.S.  They’re having a party and invite you to join them in the U.S.  They tell you that you can make more in one hour than you can make in one day in Mexico.   

Then amidst all the party clatter at the other end of the phone, your callers drop the piñata of all surprises.  They tell you that not only can you make more in an hour than in a day in Mexico – but that the U.S. will pay you richly to come to the U.S. as an illegal alien and have a baby. 

At this point, you don’t know whether the loud party at the other end of the phone is out of control and your friends are weaving fantasy, or to put on your running shoes and become the latest illegal alien. 

Still holding the phone, you ask in disbelief, “The U.S. does what?” 

“Yes,” the answer comes back, “it’s true.  The U.S. makes it easy to cross the border, easy to find jobs, and the U.S. pays us to have babies.” 

Your friends at the other end of the phone drop another surprise:  When your anchor baby turns 18, you become a U.S. citizen – unless you get amnesty first!  If you were that Mexican, what would you do?  Is birthright citizenship not an irresistible magnet?

If I’ve gotten your attention, please (1) read the articles on this website and learn about the problem of birthright citizenship which is one of the most urgent issues of illegal immigration that needs to be addressed, and (2) check the website below to see if your U.S. Representatives have co-sponsored this legislation.  If not, please call his/her office and request that he/she do so.         

Check to read H.R. 140, who the sponsor and co-sponsors are, and what the status is.       


Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Babies born to illegal parents in the United States are called “anchor babies” because they automatically become U.S. citizens and immediately “anchor” their illegal families to free federal, state, and local benefits.  By law, illegal aliens cannot get free public benefits.  But illegal aliens can use their children born in the U.S. to evade our laws and get them anyway.  This is why “anchor babies” are also called “jackpot babies”.

These benefits include public housing and rent assistance, food stamps, free education and school lunches, Medicaid, SSI, unemployment benefits, Earned Income Tax Credit, and other public assistance.  And the prizes keep coming.  In addition to free benefits, illegal parents get U.S. citizenship when their anchor baby turns 18.  Not bad rewards for entering the U.S. illegally!

A few facts:  There are over 3 million anchor babies in the U.S. today.  Approximately 400,000 new anchor babies are born each year.  One of every 10 births in the U.S. is an anchor baby.  45% are born to unwed Mexican teenagers.  65% of these lack a high school education.  Anchor babies cost taxpayers up to an estimated $100 billion each year.

$100 billion a year is astronomical.  But if amnesty passes, this will sound like pennies.  Studies reveal that government today spends over $300 billion each  year on welfare for Mexican households – both legal and illegal.  Undoubtedly, many if not most of legal Mexican households are a result of amnesty 20 years ago.

Today, 58.8% of legal Mexican households receive welfare.  And today, a higher percentage of illegal aliens households receive U.S. welfare than our own citizen households.  The United States is not alone in suffering from the new economic realities of immigration.  Other countries have suffered the same problems.  The difference is, other countries banned automatic citizenship years ago.

RESOURCES:  (1) Center for Immigration Studies, “Use of Means-Tested Programs”.  (2) International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, May 6-7, 2006:  Germany recognizes its face is changing.”  (3)  In 2005.  The number is higher now.  Pew Hispanic Center,  “Unauthorized Migrants, Numbers and Characteristics,” 6-14-05.  (4) CIS “Immigration’s Impact on Public Coffers,” Testimony Prepared for the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims on August 24, 2006 by Steven A. Camarota, Director of Research, Center for Immigration Studies.  (5)  1999  (6) “Use of Means-Tested Programs,” Immigration from Mexico:  Assessing the Impact on the United States, by Steven A. Camarota.


Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Some parents of anchor babies come from South Korea.  Women are told how to vacation to the U.S. when pregnant, how to get all their medical care free, how to stay permanently, and how to take advantage of the generous humanitarian aid we know as welfare.

Some parents of anchor babies are radical Muslims who live in the U.S. illegally.

In fact, anyone who is not a U.S. citizen and has a child born in the U.S., regardless of the reason they are in the U.S. or how long they have been in the U.S., is the parent of an anchor baby.  The only exception is children born to diplomats.

Most parents of anchor babies, however, come from Mexico.

How Do Anchor Babies Affect the Family Budget?

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

The federal budget affects the family budget.  What government spends to support illegal aliens, families pay for.   

The Heritage Foundation calculates that the net cost to American families to subsidize low-skill immigrants is $20,000 per year per household.[1]  Who says immigrant work is CHEAP?  

For fun, let’s compare the costs of welfare to warfare.  The author of “The Price of Liberty,” Dr. Robert Hormant points out the hypocrisy of the pro-illegal immigration lobby which opposes funding the war in Iraq.  They complain that the war takes money from social programs to help our needy. Yet they fail to recognize that the costs of welfare to fund illegal immigration takes billions of dollars every year away from the U.S. poor and gives it to Mexico’s poor

The author of “Price of Liberty” points out that despite the cost of the Iraq war through 2015, which he predicts will approximate $2.6 trillion, that “The debts that currently menace posterity are the consequences not of warfare but of welfare.”   

Importantly, costs for free services to illegal aliens is probably the biggest contributor to the funding crises in education, entitlement programs, healthcare and the federal deficit. Do Washington politicians acknowledge this?  They know.  Yet, how often do they cry that there is a crisis in health care, in welfare, in Social Security, and with the federal deficit?  And, of course, this cry is always “code” to raise taxes, isn’t it?   

The truth is:  If the U.S. would ban automatic citizenship for children born to illegal aliens, the U.S. would get rid of a powerful magnet for illegal immigration and, at the same time, solve funding crises in all these programs – without tax increases.

No presidential candidate can truthfully say he cares about family values, low taxes, welfare reform, improving education, reducing the federal deficit, and solving problems of healthcare and Social Security if he does not support banning automatic citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.     

Everything associated with illegal immigration including birthright citizenship goes against conservative values of being tough on crime, fiscally responsible, protecting America’s sovereignty, keeping taxes low and the bureaucracy in tow. 

RESOURCES:  [1] Robert Rector writes, “Low-skill immigrant households receive, on average, $30,160 per year in government benefits while paying $10,573 in taxes.  Thus each such household costs the taxpayer a net of about $19,588 per year.”  [2] Homats is the current managing director of Goldman, Sacks & Co.  Estimates for spending on the war in Iraq from 2003 to 2015 is $2.2 trillion.  

How Can Illegal Aliens Evade Laws and Get Free Public Benefits?

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Since it is against U.S. laws that illegal aliens cannot receive free public benefits, how, then, are they able to use their children born in the U.S. to get around our laws and get free benefits anyway? 

The U.S. Congress never voted to make children of illegal aliens born in the U.S. citizens.  The U.S. Supreme Court never ruled that children of illegal aliens are U.S. citizens.  Bureaucrats made this decision.  Bureaucrats did this through a misinterpretation and misapplication of the 14th Amendment. 

According to some analysts, free benefits to low-skill immigrants will bring insolvency to an already over-subscribed welfare-healthcare-Social Security system. 

To bring this reality closer to home, Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation calculates that the net cost to American families to subsidize low-skill immigrants is about $20,000 per household per year. Payments by U.S. taxpayers to subsidize illegal aliens undermines the safety-net programs set up to help our own poor. 

The U.S. still has not solved the problem of how to end the cycle of poverty for poor U.S. citizens.  Is there not an economic limit to the number of poor that taxpayers can support without a meltdown of the Middle Class and without bankrupting our country? 

If we as Americans and as a nation are going to be fiscally responsible and maintain our economic security, must we not consider the short-term strains of importing additional poverty and the long-term economic consequences that could be disastrous?

Federal law requires that illegal aliens receive free emergency health care and free education.  But federal law prohibits illegal aliens from receiving other free public benefits.  Yet bureaucrats made the decision without the knowledge or consent or citizens and without a vote of Congress to give illegal aliens a loophole to evade this law. 

H.R. 1940 was introduced in Congress in April 2007 to overturn the expanded definition of “citizen” by bureaucrats and to close this loophole.  Passage of H.R. 1940 would be a giant step to rein in runaway bureaucracy and stop out-of-control spending, as well as to get rid of a huge economic magnet that attracts illegal immigration. 

What can we do as individuals?  Voters can insist that Congress overturn the misapplication of the 14th Amendment and reinstate the intent of the 14th Amendment to ban automatic citizenship for children of non-citizens.  

Other countries banned automatic birthright citizenship years ago because of the same problems the U.S. faces today.  Isn’t it past time the U.S. did also?

For more information on the 14th Amendment, see the related discussion on this website on this subject.