NTF worksheet: illegal126.doc. 3-15.

BACKGROUND. We are a nation of immigrants, but we also are a nation of lawful citizens. Currently, if an illegal alien gives birth on U.S. soil, the child automatically is a U.S. citizen. When such child reaches age 21, he/she can sponsor family members and relatives for legal permanent residency status and eventual citizenship. This revised definition of birthright citizenship is contrary to the original meaning of our 14th Amendment. Amendment 284 to S. 178, a Senate bill to aid victims of sex trafficking, by conservative Sen. David Vitter (LA.), would restore the original definition to the 14th Amendment, specifically the “subject to the jurisdiction clause,” thus excluding from automatic citizenship illegal aliens born here and closing a wide loophole. The original meaning of our 14th Amendment is clear. “All persons born or naturalized in the U.S., and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the U.S.,” meant to ensure that former slaves and their descendants were citizens. No federal court has ruled that children born to tourists or illegal aliens are citizens.

THE PROBLEM. Misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment serves as a magnet for illegal immigration. Liberals intentionally have corrupted its meaning by placing anyone born here on tourist visas or from illegal alien parents on the road to citizenship. Federal law officers raided 20 sites, including the offices of an Irvine, CA. company that actually invites foreign pregnant women to enter the U.S. to give birth, pledging them welfare benefits and free child education. These birth tourism companies charge fees ranging from $15,000 to $50,000, then advise aliens to give false information on their visa applications. They manage virtual maternity hotels. According to CNN, about 10,000 women from Red China gave birth in 2012 under this subterfuge, over twice the number of 2008. A pregnant illegal need not travel to the U.S. mainland; the Northern Mariana islands, a U.S. territory, sports an outrageous birth tourism industry and visa waiver program for Red Chinese tourists. Hundreds of thousands of poor Mexican and Central American women migrate here. This ruse is burdening U.S. hospitals with crushing costs for free care, costs passed along to legal patients and their insurance companies, which then raise our premiums. Entire illegal alien families enjoy welfare benefits. They crowd our classrooms, causing property taxpayers countless dollars to expand schools and hire bilingual teachers. Illegal alien moms pop out 300,000-400,000 babies annually in the U.S., totaling about 5 million in 2015. Most amnesty proponents favor open borders and do not want to end one of the largest magnets for future tidal waves of illegal aliens. The Obama Regime refuses to stop this chain migration and enforces the law against maternity hotels only sporadically, because the regime desires additional future Democrat voters.

THE SOLUTION. The Vitter amendment would define the Constitution, so that children born in the U.S. could gain automatic citizenship only if at least 1 parent is either a U.S. citizen, a legal permanent resident who resides here, or a non-immigrant alien member of our Armed Forces. Constitutional legal scholars and jurists, including Dr. Peter Schuck of Yale Law School and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner, agree that the 14th Amendment does not cover illegal aliens and that the Obama Regime broadly applying the citizenship clause is illegal. Congress must specifically clarify the scope of the citizenship clause to prevent future misinterpretations.

TAKE ACTION NOW. Stop criminal illegal aliens from gaming our immigration laws. The twisting of our 14th Amendment undermines the fabric of American citizenship and its value. Anyone can become a legal citizen by using the normal process and successfully obtaining approval or by birth to legal citizens. Of advanced nations, only the U.S. and Canada recognize automatic birthright citizenship. Many nations that once offered automatic citizenship, including Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Great Britain, and India, repealed this policy. A Daily Caller 2011 poll revealed that Americans want to close this loophole by a 61%-28% margin. GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY.), despite his pledge upon becoming majority leader that he would allow an open amendment process, and Majority Whip John Cornyn (TX.), are blocking a vote on this amendment. Contact your two senators today! Tell them that you oppose anchor baby citizenship, that you support the Vitter amendment as consistent with the original intent of the 14th Amendment, and that they should vote YES on Amendment 284.

Research, documentation, and analysis for this worksheet done by Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom, with express prior permission granted for its use by other groups in the NE Conservative Coalition Network. 3-15.

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