Birth Tourism Crackdown

On Monday, the State Department announced that U.S. embassies and consulates overseas will apply new rules making it harder for pregnant foreign women to get a U.S. visa.  Trump Administration officials estimate that around 33,000 babies are born to foreign tourists (legal visitors) every year in the United States.  It’s called “birth tourism.”

The Daily Signal reports, “’Birth tourism’ has become big business. Today, hundreds of companies advertise to pregnant women—particularly upper-middle-class women from China, Nigeria, Russia, and Turkey—offering assistance to get visas that would allow them to visit the U.S. during the time they expect to give birth.”

President Trump accurately said, “We have people pouring in from not just the southern border in Mexico, from China…They have a baby on our land, the baby becomes a citizen…and then the parents come in with the baby because the baby is a citizen.”

That is exactly what happens.  They’re called “anchor babies.”  They have been referred to as such because it has always been felt that the citizen child and his parent(s) would never really be returned to their nation of origin, hence they were an anchor to this country.  There have been millions of anchor babies born in the United States to illegal alien mothers and tourists over the past several decades, all have been granted citizenship.

President Trump said back in August 2019 that he was “very seriously” looking into ending birthright citizenship with an executive order which will likely trigger those who believe the 14th Amendment to the Constitution grants automatic citizenship to everyone and anyone born in the United States. 

It doesn’t, but expect to hear that it does due to an erroneous/fraudulent interpretation of the 14th Amendment’s first sentence; “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.” 

IMPORTANT HISTORICAL FACT: The 14th Amendment has NOTHING to do with illegal aliens, or people on vacation, in the U.S. having babies.  It has ONLY to do with the children of freed slaves in the 19th century, guaranteeing them, grandfathering them into, U.S. citizenship.

The 14th Amendment language was taken from The Civil Rights Act of 1866 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1866 and made an amendment to the Constitution because those in Congress who passed the Civil Rights Act wanted to be sure that a future Congress couldn’t easily reverse the rights the Act declared for freed slaves and their children. 

To repeal the 14th Amendment would require another Amendment, as was the case with the 21st Amendment repealing the 18th Amendment thereby ending prohibition.  Not an easy process.

A Presidential Executive Order clarifying the law would be just the ticket to end, not just “birth tourism”, but illegal alien anchor babies as well.

The E.O. would be challenged in court, which is just fine.  The Supreme Court justices can read the Senate transcripts of the debate about the 14th Amendment and then rule, correctly, that it doesn’t apply to babies born to foreigners in our country, legally or illegally.

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