Government & Constitution

Who Is a citizen?

Is Mitt Romney in favor of increasing the number of illegal immigrants in the United States? You might not think so, given his tough anti-illegal immigration rhetoric, but his leading immigration adviser wants to do just that. What’s more, the proposal this adviser is pushing would impose a new tax — from $1,200 to $1,600 — on every American family for the birth of each child. These are the conclusions of a new study put out by the conservative think tank the National Foundation for American Policy. The whole study calls into question the motives behind the radical anti-immigration groups that have been trying to make illegal immigration a central issue in the campaign.
   
The Romney adviser is Kris Kobach, who is the brains behind the anti-illegal immigrant laws in Arizona and Alabama now being challenged in the courts. Kobach’s latest effort is to revoke birthright citizenship, which is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment. Kobach and a plethora of groups not only oppose illegal immigration but also want to drastically reduce the number of legal immigrants, and they are pushing state legislation to deny citizenship to children born to illegal immigrants. And many conservative legislators are jumping on the bandwagon.
   
Even if enacted, these proposals will not likely hold up, because individual states do not have the right to restrict U.S. citizenship, according to most constitutional scholars. But for the sake of argument, let’s say they passed constitutional muster; would they be a good idea if the goal is to reduce illegal immigration? In fact, they would create thousands of new illegal immigrants — babies who would be essentially “stateless” and who would be barred from ever working in the U.S. when they became adults. Meanwhile, these laws would do nothing to discourage future illegal immigrants, who come seeking jobs, not to have American babies.
   
But perhaps the most important reason conservative voters should be highly skeptical of denying birthright citizenship is what it would do to all American citizens who give birth in the United States. Because babies born here now are presumed citizens under the Constitution and current law, parents aren’t required to do anything to prove their own citizenship. There’s no expensive paperwork or bureaucracy involved. Indeed, birth certificates showing a child was born on U.S. soil are now proof of citizenship.
   
The NFAP study, however, argues that taking away this presumption would end up encumbering new parents with proving their own citizenship status and would create a whole new, cumbersome agency to verify claims and issue documents. Ironically, under the most stringent proposals being pushed by those who want to end birthright citizenship, Romney’s own right to be considered “a natural born Citizen” eligible to become president might be challenged.
   
Romney’s father was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, where his family had been part of a Mormon community for three generations after fleeing the Utah territory in the 19th century when it became clear polygamy would be outlawed under statehood. At the very least, if such a law had been in place when Romney was born, his parents would have had to hire lawyers to prove his right to U.S. citizenship, and we might now be debating the authenticity of his birth certificate as vigorously as some conspiracy theorists debate President Barack Obama’s.
   
It’s too bad Romney and other conservatives feel the need to embrace the fringes on an issue as important as citizenship. One of the greatest gifts America has given to the world is its sense of inclusiveness. We are welcoming people who want to embrace those whose desire it is to become part of our great nation.
   
Creating barriers to citizenship for all people born on U.S. soil would not reduce, much less end, illegal immigration. What it would mean is fewer future Americans. One estimate puts the loss in future American citizens as high as 13 million by 2050. Of course, the hope of the radicals who are advising Romney is that all these people will pack up and go “home.” But their only home is here, their birthplace.

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  • JJ

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  • Den Christe

    What if 20 Million Illegal Aliens
    Vacated America ?

    Tina Griego, journalist for the Denver Rocky
    Mountain News wrote a column titled, “Mexican Visitor’s Lament”.

    I interviewed Mexican journalist Evangelina Hernandez while
    visiting Denver last week. Hernandez said, “illegal aliens pay
    rent, buy groceries, buy clothes. What Happens to your country’s
    economy if 20 million people go away?” Hmmm, I thought, what
    would happen?

    So I did my due diligence, buried my nose as a
    reporter into the FACTS I found below.

    It’s a good question it
    deserves an honest answer. Over 80% of Americans demand secured
    borders and illegal migration stopped. But what would happen if all
    20 million or more vacated America ? The answers I found may surprise
    you!

    In California , if 3.5 million illegal aliens moved back
    to Mexico, it would leave an extra $10.2 billion to spend on
    overloaded school systems, bankrupt hospitals and overrun prisons. It
    would leave highways cleaner, safer and less congested. Everyone
    could understand one another as English became the dominant language
    again.

    In Colorado , 500,000 illegal migrants, plus their
    300,000 kids and grandchildren would move back ‘home’, mostly to
    Mexico … That would save Colorado an estimated $2 billion (other
    experts say $7 billion) annually in taxes that pay for schooling,
    medical, social-services and incarceration costs. It means 12,000
    gang members would vanish out of Denver alone.

    Colorado would
    save more than $20 million in prison costs, and the terror that those
    7,300 alien criminals set upon local citizens. Denver Officer Don
    Young and hundreds of Colorado victims would not have suffered death,
    accidents, rapes and other crimes by illegals.

    Denver Public
    Schools would not suffer a 67% dropout/flunk rate because of
    thousands of illegal alien students speaking 41different languages..
    At least 200,000 vehicles would vanish from our grid locked cities in
    Colorado . Denver ‘s 4% unemployment rate would vanish as our working
    poor would gain jobs at a living wage.

    In Florida , 1.5
    million illegals would return the Sunshine State back to America ,
    the rule of law, and English.

    In Chicago, Illinois , 2.1
    million illegals would free up hospitals, schools, prisons and
    highways for a safer, cleaner and more crime-free experience.

    If
    20 million illegal aliens returned ‘home’, the U.S. Economy would
    return to the rule of law.Employers would hire legal American
    citizens at a living wage. Everyone would pay their fair share of
    taxes because they wouldn’t be working off the books. That would
    result in an additional $401 Billion in IRS income taxes collected
    annually, and an equal amount for local, state and city coffers.

    No
    more push ’1′ for Spanish or ’2′ for English. No more confusion in
    American schools that now must contend with over 100 languages that
    degrade the educational system for American kids. Our overcrowded
    schools would lose more than two million illegal alien kids at a cost
    of billions in ESL and free breakfasts and lunches.

    We would
    lose 500,000 illegal criminal alien inmates at a cost of more than
    $1.6 billion annually. That includes 15,000 MS-13 gang members who
    distribute $130 billion in drugs annually would vacate our
    country.

    In cities like L.A. , 20,000 members of the ‘ 18th
    Street Gang’ would vanish from our nation. No more Mexican forgery
    gangs for ID theft from Americans! No more foreign rapists and child
    molesters!

    Losing more than 20 million people would clear up
    our crowded highways and gridlock. Cleaner air and less drinking and
    driving American deaths by illegal aliens!

    America ‘s economy
    is drained. Taxpayers are harmed. Employers get rich. Over $80
    billion annually wouldn’t return to the aliens’ home countries by
    cash transfers. Illegal migrants earned half that money untaxed,
    which further drains America ‘s economy which currently suffers an $1
    7 trillion debt.

    At least 400,000 anchor babies would not be
    born in our country, costing us $109 billion per year per cycle. At
    least 86 hospitals in California , Georgia and Florida would still be
    operating instead of being bankrupt out of existence because illegals
    pay nothing via the EMTOLA Act. Americans wouldn’t suffer thousands
    of TB and hepatitis cases rampant in our country-brought in by
    illegals unscreened at our borders.

    Our cities would see 20
    million less people driving, polluting and grid locking our cities.
    It would also put the ‘progressives’ on the horns of a dilemma;
    illegal aliens and their families cause11% of our greenhouse
    gases.

    Over one million of Mexico’s poorest citizens now live
    inside and along our border from Brownsville, Texas to San Diego,
    California in what the New York Times called, ‘colonias’ or new
    neighborhoods. Trouble is, those living areas resemble Bombay and
    Calcutta where grinding poverty, filth, diseases, drugs, crimes, no
    sanitation and worse.
    They live without sewage, clean water,
    streets, roads, electricity, or any kind of sanitation.

    The
    New York Times reported them to be America’s new ‘ Third World ‘
    inside our own country.Within 20 years, at their current growth rate,
    they expect 20 million residents of those colonias. (I’ve seen them
    personally in Texas and Arizona ; it’s sickening beyond anything you
    can imagine.)

    By enforcing our laws, we could repatriate them
    back to Mexico . We should invite 20 million aliens to go home, fix
    their own countries and/or make a better life in Mexico . We already
    invite a million people into our country legally more than all other
    countries combined annually. We cannot and must not allow anarchy at
    our borders, more anarchy within our borders and growing lawlessness
    at every level in our nation.

    It’s time to stand up for our
    country, our culture, our civilization and our way of life
    Interesting Statistics!

    Here are 13 reasons illegal aliens
    should vacate America, and I hope they are forwarded over and over
    again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of
    reading them:

    1.. $14 billion to $22 billion dollars are
    spent each year on welfare to illegal aliens. (that’s Billion with a
    ‘B’)

    2.. $7.5 billion dollars are spent each year on Medicaid
    for illegal aliens.

    3.. $12 billion dollars are spent each
    year on primary and secondary school education for children here
    illegally and they still cannot speak a word of English!

    4..
    $27 billion dollars are spent each year for education for the
    American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

    5.. $3 Million Dollars ‘PER DAY’ is spent to incarcerate
    illegal aliens. That’s $1.2 Billion a year.

    6.. 28% percent
    of all federal prison inmates are illegal aliens.

    7.. $190
    billion dollars are spent each year on illegal aliens for welfare &
    social services by the American taxpayers.

    8.. $200 billion
    dollars per year in suppressed American wages are caused by the
    illegal aliens.

    9.. The illegal aliens in the United States
    have a crime rate that’s two and a half times that of white
    non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make
    a huge additional crime problem in the US …

    10. During the
    year 2005, there were 8 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our
    southern border with as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from other
    terrorist countries.Over 10,000 of those were
    middle-easternterrorists. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth,
    heroin, crack, Guns, and marijuana crossed into the U.S. from the
    southern border.

    11. The National Policy Institute, estimates
    that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and
    $230 billion, or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion
    annually over a five year period and nbsp;

    12. In 2006,
    illegal aliens sent home $65 BILLION in remittances back to their
    countries of origin, to their families and friends.

    13. The
    dark side of illegal immigration: Nearly one million sex crimes are
    committed by illegal immigrants in the United States !

    Total
    cost a whopping $538.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR!!