U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal of Georgia wants to change a federal policy that automatically grants citizenship to any baby born on U.S. soil.
The Associated Press reports that Deal, a Republican candidate for governor, and his supporters feel the current policy encourages illegal immigration and makes immigration enforcement more difficult.
"This is a sensible, overdue measure that closes a clause that was never meant to be a loophole," said Bob Dane, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which seeks tighter immigration restrictions.
The term “anchor babies” is often used by opponents of illegal immigration who say immigrant families have children in the United States to establish a legal foothold. The children could also later sponsor citizenship for family members.
the numbers demonstrate the rapid demographic shift taking place within the country’s undocumented population.
One correction ignored for decades is ending the anchor baby chain migration by which pregnant women come to America to deliver babies who automatically receive America citizenship. This then allows these babies to be the “anchors” for many extended family members to enter our country.
Immigration raids that send illegal immigrant parents home to many other countries enrage everyone on all sides of the immigration debate when legally born children are left in the U.S. The operative words here are “legally born.” Ending this practice would bring immediate benefits.
Hispanic teen births and high school drop-out rates are the highest in the country...