There is a new Republican talking point called birthright citizenship. Do you think we need a constitutional amendment to eliminate it for illegal immigrants?
According to our Constitution any person born in the United States or its territories is a citizen of the United States. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is proposing an amendment to prevent the children born in the U.S. of illegal immigrants from automatically being U.S. citizens. Thus removing anchor babies as a reason for those immigrants to stay in the U.S.
I have to say, even though I’m relatively progressive, that I have mixed feelings about this issue. I hate the fact that people are forced to emigrate to this country because of the repressive economic atmosphere in Mexico and other southern countries. On the other hand, I think that it is unfair to legal immigrants for these people to gain automatic citizenship just because their parents broke the law.
I need to have this argument explained to me. It may come down to what is best for our country as a whole. Should we allow this Anchor baby practice to continue or should we amend the constitution as a final solution?