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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.

WHAT COUNTRIES BAN BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP?

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 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-140 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).  http://www.cis.org/articles/1993/back.793.html:  “The Basic Right of Citizenship, A Comparative Study”, September 1993, by Sarah A. Adams. http://www.numbersusa.com/Interests/birthrightcitizenship.html.

 http://www.numbersusa.com/content/ 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).

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: A California Crisis is Coming to Your State

Monday, July 13th, 2009

By Elois Zeanah

What do President Obama and CA Gov. Schwarzenegger have in common?   They both support sanctuary cities, in violation of federal immigration laws; they both have an economic crisis on their hands; and they both issue IOUs.  Schwarzenegger could dent the California economic catastrophe colossally by signing an executive order that California would no longer be an outlaw state.  President Obama could stave off the stampede of taxdollars going to illegal aliens and save the Union by signing an executive order that banned federal funds to sanctuary cities.   But neither will because both put politics over policy and potential votes and campaign contributions over economic stability.  As a result, a California crisis is coming to your state.  Amnesty will only hasten the day.  Let’s briefly examine how illegal immigration contributed to the California crisis.  

 Illegal Immigration is a “Catastrophic Hit” to California’s Budget[1]     

California’s budget deficit is $26.3 billion, and just three items that fund illegal immigration are responsible for nearly half this deficit.  $10.5 billion per year is spent on just education, medical care, and incarceration for illegal immigrants.  These costs do not include welfare costs such as public housing and rent assistance, food stamps, free education and school lunches, Medicaid, SSI, unemployment benefits, Earned Income Tax Credit, and more.  While illegal immigrants are barred by federal law from received welfare benefits, they can use their children born in the U.S. to evade laws and get them anyway.  This is why “anchor babies” are also called “jackpot babies”.    

 Anchor Babies 

 

   Babies born to parents in the U.S. illegally are called “anchor babies” because they automatically become citizens and immediately “anchor” their illegal families to free federal, state, and local benefits.  45% of anchor babies are born to unwed Mexican teenagers.  They get on welfare immediately and can stay on welfare for life.  Birthright citizenship is an irresistible magnet to get free benefits.  There are about 400,000 new anchor babies born every year in the United States.  10% of all births in the U.S. are to illegal aliens.  In Los Angeles, 25% of all births are anchor babies.  One anchor baby is born every five minutes.   

 

A bill, H.R. 140 to ban automatic birthright citizenship was introduced this year in the House of Representatives to end this costly injustice to American taxpayers and to our economy.  Most other 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.  It is shameful and a travesty that politicians refuse to follow the example of other countries to protect our nation and our economy.  The U.S. is the largest of only 33 countries in the world that grant automatic birthright citizenship to children of illegal aliens and temporary visitors, while 122 countries do not. (If you’d like to see a sampling of other countries who banned automatic birthright citizenship, see the article, “What Countries Ban Birthright Citizenship,” elsewhere on this website.) 

 

If Gov. Schwarzenegger and President Obama were really serious about shaving costs to solve economic woes, both would support H.R. 140 and urge its immediate passage to stimulate their respective economies. The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2012 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives 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 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-140 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.  

 

Welfare Magnet 

 

An L.A. Times article on July 10, 2009,[2] gives the example of an unemployed illegal Mexican immigrant who has birthed four of her five children in the United States.  Her four anchor babies “receive a total of about $650 each month from the state’s CalWorks program.  She also receives about $500 in federal food stamps and other vouchers” each month. 

Free benefits for children born in the United States is a welfare magnet as strong as jobs.  The problem has gotten so bad that twice as many illegal alien households receive U.S. welfare than citizen households.[3]   This should be encouragement enough for Gov. Schwarzenegger to sign an executive order that California will no longer violate federal laws and treat illegal residents the same as legal residents.  And the fact that taxpayers pay $90 billion every year on welfare for illegal for illegal aliens [4]should be an urgent reason for President Obama to sign an executive order to enforce the ban on outlaw sanctuary cities.  This one act alone would force California to trim its budget as nothing else would – and would stimulate the national economy in a way Obama’s$787 billion stimulus package cannot. Many states throughout the nation are facing bleak budgets and illegal immigration is a factor in all.   

 
California’s budget problems are grimmer but the crisis in California will hit every state in the Union unless something is done to stem the unsustainable costs of illegal immigration. 
 


 

 

[1] “Illegal Immigration again in the budget spotlight, LAT, July 10, 2009

[2] Ibid

[3] Center for Immigration Studies, “Use of Means-Tested Programs”.  29.9% of illegal Hispanic households receive benefits versus 14.8% of native citizens.

[4] Robert Rector, Heritage Foundation, October 29, 2006 on CNN:  http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.html

  
 

PETITION CONGRESS TO BAN BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

By Elois Zeanah
Revised July 13, 2011

SEND CONGRESS A MESSAGE:  End automatic Birthright Citizenship!  

Taxpayers Should NOT Pay to Support Illegal Aliens – when we have to sacrifice urgent needs of our own children, our elderly, and our needy citizens!  The U. S. admits more than one million legal immigrants yearly.  The problem is with nearly a million new ILLEGAL immigrants each year.  By law, illegal aliens cannot receive public benefits; however, they use their children born in the United States to evade this law and get free public benefits.    

* Illegal families with children born in the U.S. get free education and school lunches, public housing and rent assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, Supplementary Security Insurance (SSI), unemployment benefits and other public assistance.       

* The problem is so out of control that illegal alien households receive a higher percentage of welfare than our own citizen households!     

* 45% of anchor babies are born to unwed Mexican teenagers.  (See “What is an anchor baby?” on this website.)   

* Costs for illegal families are tied directly to, and are probably the biggest contributor to, shortfalls in entitlement programs and the federal deficit.  These costs result in higher taxes and higher insurance costs for U.S. citizens.     

* Every million dollars taxpayers spend on non-citizen families is a million dollars taken from the urgent needs of our children, our elderly, and our poor.  It is estimated that taxpayers pay up to $100 billion for illegal families every year.     

* Costs to support illegal families contribute significantly to the federal deficit and the weakening of the dollar.   

* At a time when baby-boomer Social Security is under-funded, college graduates have fewer job opportunities because more jobs are going to foreigners, lower-paid jobs are going to illegals, and deficit spending is weakening the dollar, we can ill afford to pay for free benefits for people in this country illegally.  

* Automatic birthright citizenship for children born to illegal parents and the cash benefits that go with it are as much an economic magnet for illegal immigration as are jobs. 

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 of citizens and without a vote of Congress to give illegal aliens a loophole to evade this law. H.R. 140 will overturn the expanded definition of “citizen” by bureaucrats and close this loophole.  

Americans are caring, charitable people.  We not only support programs to help needy citizens in our own country, we send trillions of dollars every year to help poor people in other countries, including Mexico.  But American taxpayers cannot continue to afford the escalating costs to support illegal aliens and continue to support our own poor children and other needy citizens.  Our federal, state, and local budgets show this.   

Today, a higher percentage of illegal Mexican households receive U.S. welfare than our own citizen households, according to the Center for Immigation Studies, “Immigration and the Welfare State,” by Mike Franc, May 12, 2006.) 

Immigration today is far different from immigration during the time of our ancestors.  Historically, immigrants were LESS likely to receive welfare than native-born Americans, and LESS likely to stay on welfare for life.  But this pattern reversed about thirty years ago. (Immigration and the Welfare State,” by Mike Franc, May 12, 2006; The Heritage Foundation, “Amnesty and Continued Low-Skill Immigration Will Substantially Raise Welfare Costs and Poverty,” by Robert Rector, May 16, 2006.)

The 14th Amendment was adopted in 1868 to ensure that newly freed slaves could not be denied U.S. citizenship.  They added the “jurisdiction clause” to make sure that children must qualify through their parents, and that their parents must be lawful residents.  The 14th Amendment was NOT intended to be a magnet for illegal aliens to use their children born in the U.S. to get free benefits, but that’s what’s happening.  Most countries banned automatic birthright citizenship for children of non-citizens years ago because of the new economic realities of immigration and the unbearable costs to taxpayers and our institutions.  (See “What Countries Ban Automatic Birthright Citizenship” posted on this website.)  It’s past time the U.S. Congress act responsibly and also end automatic birthright citizenship for children of illegal aliens. 

Urge your U.S. Representative to end automatic birthright citizenship by co-sponsoring H.R. 140, pending in the House of Representatives — and then to vote to reinstate the original intent of the 14th Amendment. Passage of H.R. 140 will be a giant step to: 

* rein in runaway bureaucracy and stop out-of-control spending,

* overturn the expanded definition of “citizen” by bureaucrats,

* get rid of a magnet for illegal immigration,

* stop the abuse of the 14th Amendment, and

* save billions of dollars every year.

The 14th Amendment

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

By Elois Zeanah

The 14th Amendment is at the heart of the problem of illegal aliens using their children born in the U.S. to evade our laws and get free public benefits that they cannot otherwise receive under law. The intent of the 14th Amendment was NOT to be a huge magnet to illegal aliens to have children born in the U.S. to evade our laws and get free benefits. But that’s exactly what’s happening.

What was the intent of the 14th Amendment? The 14th Amendment was adopted after the Civil War in 1868 to ensure that newly freed slaves and their children would not be denied citizenship.

Before the Civil War, there was no federal definition of citizenship. It was a status left up to States. But the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the 1857 Dred Scott case that no slaves or descendants of slaves could be U.S. citizens. To overturn this decision, Congress added the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment.

When the 14th Amendment was adopted, illegal immigration was nowhere on the radar. Yet the authors in their wisdom and knowing the wiles of men, wanted to make sure that the 14th Amendment could not be interpreted as a blanket grant of citizenship to anyone who by accident of birth was born on U.S. soil to parents of “foreigners or aliens.”  In introducing the 14th Amendment, Senator Jacob Merritt Howard of Michigan stated specifically whom he considered that natural and national law excluded:  “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.”

What makes a newborn child a foreigner or alien? Children are citizens of their parents’ country – regardless of where they are born. It’s simple, isn’t it? The intent of the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment was to make sure that children born in the United States MUST qualify through their parents.

The fiscal impacts of the misinterpretation of the definition of “citizen” by bureaucrats are straining taxpayers, state budgets, skyrocketing the federal deficit, and causing a meltdown of the Middle Class. And it’s hundreds of billions of dollars past time that we fixed this burgeoning problem that is skyrocketing our deficit and will ruin our country unless we stop it and soon!

TO READ LEGAL PRECEDENTS OF WHAT “CITIZENSHIP” MEANS (including the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson’s argument, and Supreme Court decisions, go to this link: http://www.heritage.org/Research/GovernmentReform/wm925.cfm.

To learn what you can do to get Congress to act to correct the misinterpretation by bureaucrats of the definition of “citizen” and to stop the abuse of the 14th Amendment, see “What can we do to ban birthright citizenship for children of illegal aliens?” on this website.