While Democrats are busy railing against Republicans for using words that aren’t officially approved by the DNC to describe their stances on immigration, the rest of the country is talking about and reexamining what aspects of our immigration system are practical.
The conversation over the last few days has revolved around the term “anchor baby” and whether or not it makes sense to allow immigrants to illegally enter the country, have children, and then grant American citizenship to that child. Democrats would have the country believe that opposing birthright citizenship is a radical position but in reality, the opposite is true.
The United States is one of only two developed countries on the planet that employs such a rule. Many on the left enjoy raving about how great Europe is and if we could only adopt some of their policies. Not one European country automatically awards citizenship to children of non-citizens.
“As John Skrentny, a sociology professor at the University of California at San Diego, has explained, for most of the world citizenship is granted base on blood or “jus sanguinis”.
“And the idea there is that the nation, the people are bonded together through ancestry. That is the most common conception of nationhood or peoplehood in the world,” Skrentny said to NPR in 2010. “The other notion of nationhood is generally understood as a civic notion of nationhood. And this is the idea that folks are bonded together by where they are, by locality and by the ideas that they might share.”
“Countries that have ended universal birthright citizenship include the United Kingdom, which ended the practice in 1983, Australia (1986), India (1987), Malta (1989), Ireland, which ended the practice through a national referendum in 2004, New Zealand (2006), and the Dominican Republic, which ended the practice in January 2010,” Feere explained in the report.
“The reasons countries have ended automatic birthright citizenship are diverse, but have resulted from concerns not all that different from the concerns of many in the United States. Increased illegal immigration is the main motivating factor in most countries. Birth tourism was one of the reasons Ireland ended automatic birthright citizenship in 2004. If the United States were to stop granting automatic citizenship to children of illegal immigrants, it would be following an international trend,” he added.
Something to think about.