Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Birthright Citizenship

Lawmakers are urging a change in US laws that currently grant automatic citizenship to anyone born in the United States.

Representative JD Hayworth (R-AZ), author of a great book I recently read, Whatever It Takes, is leading this fight. Why? Because what is happening today is not what the Founding Fathers had in mind.

The 14th Amendment was passed and ratified [7/9/1868] by the states to guarantee citizenship for freed slaves, not the children of foreigners, and we need to take a realistic look at the notion of birthright citizenship.

Does it make sense to grant a newborn U.S. citizenship when that child was born to a mother who illegally entered this country for the main purpose of having her child here? That violates the spirit of the law.

When non-U.S. citizens, here on work assignments, have a child, their children will have dual citizenship. This is fine. They are doing it legally. The illegal immigrate should not be given the same privilage.

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