President Trump kicked up a political firestorm this week when the left-leaning Axios revealed he is seriously considering an executive order to end the so-called “birthright citizenship” of illegal aliens. The real name for this policy is the anchor baby scam.
Critics from the left quickly claimed the President has no legal right to tamper with the 14th Amendment which they claim extends citizenship to a child born on American soil regardless of where that child’s parents may live. They contend the 14th Amendment mandates birthright citizenship and the Supreme Court has interpreted that as settled law since the passage of the amendment in 1868.
Not so fast says Edward J. Elder of the National Review – “the critics are wrong.”
Trump rightly believes that a far too lenient interpretation of the 14th Amendment has allowed children to become a “magnet” for illegal immigration.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (Rep. – WI) wasted no time in denouncing Trump’s plan as unconstitutional. He said during a broadcast on Lexington, Kentucky area radio station WVLK that President Donald Trump “cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order.”
Trump tweeted in response to Ryan:
“Paul Ryan should be focusing on holding the Majority rather than giving his opinions on Birthright Citizenship, something he knows nothing about! Our new Republican Majority will work on this, Closing the Immigration Loopholes and Securing our Border!”
While Republicans have always been more strident about the need to enforce immigration laws there has previously been little disagreement from Democrats that illegal immigration is a blight on our national sovereignty.
In fact, some of the most convincing arguments against the anchor baby scam have come from the mouths of Democrats. In 2014, Hillary Clinton condemned anchor babies when she said: “We have to send a clear message, just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay…we don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws or will encourage more children to make that dangerous journey.”
Supporters of Harry Reid are scrambling to explain his move in Congress to introduce legislation in 1993 that would have clarified the scope of the 14th Amendment’s Citizenship Clause. Speaking before the Senate at that time Reid said, “no sane country” would allow this anchor baby scam.
As late as 2010, President Barack Obama made an impassioned plea to end the anchor baby scam. Now, it is politically expedient for the left to conveniently forget the words of Clinton, Reid, and Obama. And for them to forget their words as well.
Both Democrats and Republicans have been playing a dangerous game of kick the can with immigration issue for far too long. They have avoided real reform because neither party has any real interest in curbing illegal immigration—they only want to do enough to stay in power.
Democrats want future voters and Republicans want cheap and exploitable labor and meanwhile thousands of Central Americans, the majority of young males, move inexorably closer to a confrontation at our borders.
Legislation to end he anchor baby scam has been bandied around in Congress since the mid-’90s with little real resolution. As Elder noted, “A nation that cannot determine who becomes citizens or believes that it must allow the children of those who defy its laws to become citizens is no longer a sovereign nation.”
The United States and Canada are the lone developed nations that automatically grant citizenship to people born within their borders. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, no European country offers birthright citizenship, and the global trend has been to halt the practice over the last 30 years. Nations putting a halt to this scam policy include the U.K. in 1983, Australia in 1986, India in 1987 and Ireland in 2004.
It appears now that President Trump is once again the only man willing to stand up and fight, he’s tired of waiting for a do-nothing Congress to put some real teeth into our immigration laws.
~ Freedom News Report