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,