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.