Archive for November, 2007

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.

WHAT COUNTRIES BAN BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP?

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

 By Elois Zeanah

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 of Georgia stated that the United States 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.  A sampling of these countries follows: 

Countries that Grant Automatic Birthright Citizenship 

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

The United States is one of only two developed countries that still grant automatic birthright citizenship!

 Countries that do NOT Grant Automatic Birthright Citizenship 

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

H.R. 140, The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 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. 

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.

What Can We Do To End Automatic Birthright Citizenship For Children Of Illegal Aliens And Other Non-citizens?

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

By Elois Zeanah

We can insist that Congress reinstate the intent of the 14th Amendment and ban automatic citizenship for children of illegal aliens and other non-citizens.   A bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to do just this.  It is. H.R. 140.  

What is H.R. 140,  the Birthright Citizenship Act?

Click http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-140 to read H.R. 140, who the sponsor and co-sponsors are, and what the status is.   If your U.S. Representative has not co-sponsored this legislation, please call his/her office and request that he/she do so.  Explain to your congressman that the lure of automatic birthright citizenship to children born to illegal aliens in the U.S. is a huge incentive for illegal immigration.  It is as strong an economic magnet as are jobs.  

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.[1]  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. 

Let me shock you:  Today, 58.8% of legal Mexican households receive welfare.   And, today, a higher percentage of illegal Mexican households receive U.S. welfare than our own citizen households.[2]    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. [3]   Isn’t it past time the U.S. did also?   You can find a list of countries which ban automatic birthright citizenship for children of illegal aliens and other non-citizens on this website. 

Act today:  Check the website above to see if your Congressmembers have co-signed H.R. 140 and contact them and urge them to do so, if they have not. 


[1] “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

[2] Center for Immigration Studies, “Use of Means-Tested Programs”.  29.9% of illegal Hispanic households receive benefits versus 14.8% of native citizens.  58.8% of legal Mexican households receive public benefits.

[3] International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, May 6-7, 2006:  Germany recognizes its face is changing.”