Archive for October, 2007

BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP: What is an Anchor Baby?

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.

WHO ARE THE PARENTS OF ANCHOR BABIES?

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.

What are the Arguments of Those who Support Illegal Immigration?

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

ARGUMENT #1:  Our nation is a nation of immigrants, and we should welcome them. 

 This is true.  And we do.  But those who support illegal immigration ignore not only the law, but the facts.   For example:  Today’s immigration is different from that during the time of our ancestors.[1]     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.[2]  Today, most illegal aliens are MORE likely to need welfare than American citizens, and are MORE likely to stay on welfare for life, creating a net deficit for our economy.

 ARGUMENT #2:  We should not get tough on children.     

The issue is not about getting “tough on children” —  but about removing the financial incentive for illegal aliens to use their newborns to get free public services.   The lure of getting free services by having children born in the U.S. is just as strong an incentive for illegal immigration as jobs.

ARGUMENT #3:  The U.S. must give a path to citizenship to 12 million illegal aliens because, after all, you can’t simply deport 12 million people. 

The truth is that neither amnesty nor deportation is necessary.  Four steps would go far to solve the problem through attrition:            

           1.  Stop allowing illegal aliens to use fraudulent Social Security Numbers.   Enforce the law.    The Social Security Administration has identified about 9.5 million cases of fraudulent Social Security accounts. They should notify employers of the names of these employees and enforce the law.   If illegal aliens who come to the U.S. to find employment can’t get jobs, they won’t stay.  

Supporters of a path-to-citizenship say amnesty is necessary because the U.S. seeks to know who the illegal aliens are and to get them to come out of the shadows.  If there are approximately 12 million illegal aliens in our country and the SSA knows where 9.5 million are (plus their families), then the U.S. can easily identify who the vast majority of illegal aliens are.   

         2.  Mandate that all employers must verify Social Security Numbers of employees through E-Verify.  This is free and fast.  Currently, the federal government offers this service but leaves it up to employers to use it on a voluntary basis.

     3. End automatic citizenship to children born to illegal aliens.  If illegal aliens who come to the U.S. for welfare can’t get free benefits, they won’t stay.      

     4.  End sanctuary cities through enforcement of existing federal law which makes it a crime to give sanctuary to illegal aliens.Individual states can also pass laws to curb illegal immigration.  Many are doing this.  It has been proven that illegal aliens leave states that pass and enforce laws to curb illegal immigration.  States that do not become a magnet for illegal immigrants who leave states that get tough.
  
 


RESOURCES: [1] 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:  An estimated 20% of today’s immigrants have only a high school degree and each creates a net lifetime burden of about $30,000.  An estimated 60% of illegals have not completed high school and each creates a NET lifetime burden of about $90,000.[2] “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.
 

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 much Money do Illegals send out of the Country Every Year?

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

In the analysis of the financial contributions made by illegal immigrants to our economy, consideration must be given to the loss of billions of dollars every year that illegal workers make in the United States but do not spend in the United States.

The federal government estimates that the remittances of illegal workers (money sent  to families in foreign countries by using electronic wire transfer methods) cost the U.S. $27 billion per year.  This is money that will never be spent in the United States.

 (A discussion on how much illegal immigrants contribute in taxes and receive in free government benefits follows.)

Do Illegal Immigrants Pay Their Way Through Taxes?

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

By Elois Zeanah

Do illegal immigrants have an overall positive or negative financial effect on the federal budget?

Many studies have been done on this subject on the national level.  Generally, it is agreed that illegal immigrants have a negative impact on the federal government and that illegal households are subsidized by taxpayers.  One of these studies is by the Center for Immigration Studies.  This study is available online.[1] 

This study states:  “…that illegal immigrant households create a combined net benefit for Social Security and Medicare in excess of $7 billion a year, accounting for about 4 percent of the total annual surplus in these two programs.  They create a net deficit of $17.4 billion in the rest of the budget, for a total net loss of $10.4 billion…if the Social Security totalization agreement with Mexico signed in June goes into effect, allowing illegals to collect Social Security, these calculations would change.”  

(For information on the Social Security Totalization Agreement, which gives Social Security to illegal and legal immigrants from Mexico, see the “Social Security Totalization Agreement” post on this website.)


[1] “The High Costs of Cheap Labor:  Illegal Immigration and the Federal Budget,” Center for Immigration Studies, August 2004.

Can Illegal Aliens Receive Social Security?

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

By Elois Zeanah

The Social Security Totalization Agreement negatively impacts Social Security and puts America’s seniors at risk.

What is the Social Security Totalization Agreement?

This agreement allows both legal and illegal Mexican workers to add time they worked in Mexico to time they work in the U.S. to qualify for U.S. Social Security. Mexican workers could qualify for U.S. Social Security benefits with fewer years than the 10 years normally required of U.S. citizens.

The Agreement gives Social Security benefits to family members of Mexican workers, including survivor benefits, even if their family members do not live in or have never lived in the U.S.

This Agreement with Mexico was signed in secret On June 29, 1994 under the Clinton Administration. It has only come to light recently as a result of a Freedom of Information request filed by a senior group.

The Social Security Totalization Agreement could become law without a vote of Congress. This agreement, to become final, requires that the President sign it and submit it to Congress. California Congressman Brian Bilbray has stated that President Bush intends to sign this Agreement and send it to Congress. When the President signs this agreement, Congress has 60 days from receipt to disapprove the agreement. If neither house elects to vote on this agreement, it automatically becomes law and immediately goes into effect.

What would this Agreement Cost Taxpayers?  

 The costs will be enormous. If eligible illegal immigrants claim Social Security benefits,this could cost taxpayers $17 billion per year.[1] This will far outpace their contributions and increase the net federal deficit from $17.4 billion to approximately $27 billion per year and would negate the estimated $7 billion per year paid by illegal immigrants. (For information on tax contributions of illegal immigrants, see “Contributions and Losses of Illegal Immigrants Through Taxes”.)  

[1] “Social Security: Proposed Totalization Agreement with Mexico Present Unique Challenges,” United States General Accounting Office, September 2003.

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.

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.

Amnesty: Is there an Alternative?

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

By Elois Zeanah

How often do you hear Washington politicians say that amnesty is necessary because the U.S. can’t simply deport 10 to 12 million aliens?  This a ruse to confuse and mislead voters.  The truth is that neither amnesty nor deportation is necessary.  Either one of three steps would go far to solve the problem through attrition.  Put all three together and the problems of illegal immigration would be nil.

1.  Stop allowing illegal aliens to use fraudulent Social Security Numbers of U.S. citizens. 

The Social Security Administration has identified about 9.5 million cases where names of reported employees do not match names on Social Security accounts they use.  In every case, the Social Security Administration knows the identity and address of the employer.  The SSA need only send these employers the names of their illegal employees and remind them of their legal responsibility to hire only legal employers.

Amnesty supporters say a path-to-citizenship is necessary because the U.S. needs to know who the illegal aliens are and to get them to come out of the shadows.  If there are approximately 10 to 12 million illegal aliens in our country and the SSA knows where 9.5 million are (plus their families), then the U.S. can easily identify who the vast majority of illegal aliens are. 

If illegal aliens who come to the U.S. to find employment can’t find jobs, they won’t stay. 

2.  The second step to cut illegal immigration through attrition is E-Verify

E-Verify is the federal government’s Internet-based system that compares information from an employee’s Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification Form) to data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to conform employment eligibility.  E-Verify is free, fast and over 98% accurate.  The federal government says that this is the best means available for determining employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security Numbers. 

Note:  The E-Verify check through SSA shows if there is more than one person using the same SSN, yet there is a federal rule that the Social Security Administration cannot tell the true holder of the Social Security Number if their number has been stolen.  This is unjust and should be corrected! 

The easiest and quickest way to reduce illegal immigration through attrition is to hold employers accountable by mandating the use of E-VerifyAs with #1 above, if illegal aliens who come to the U.S. to find employment can’t find jobs, they won’t stay.

3. The third step that would reduce illegal immigration by attrition is:  End automatic birthright citizenship to children born to illegal aliens and other non-citizens

Since employers of illegal labor pay a non-livable wage, illegal workers have found a way to supplement their incomes:  Have a baby born in the U.S. and get on welfare.  Parents of babies born in the U.S. can get on welfare immediately and stay on welfare for life.

There is a bill currently in Congress to change this.  The purpose of U.S. H.R 140, the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 is to clarify the language/intent of “citizen” in the 14th Amendment and stop the abuse of immigrants (illegal aliens and visitors on visas) who have children born in the U.S.

If illegal aliens who come to the U.S. for welfare can’t get free benefits, they won’t stay.