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Should birthright citizenship be denied for U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants?

If you are born in the United States, you are automatically a citizen, a guarantee of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution that has come to be known as “birthright citizenship.” A number of Republican lawmakers are questioning that right in seeking to deny automatic citizenship to American-born children of illegal immigrants as a way to contain illegal immigration. The Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research group, counted 4 million American-born children with at least one parent who was in the United States illegally in 2008. Eight percent of babies born in the United States that year had at least one undocumented immigrant parent.

The citizenship clause is just one part of the 14th Amendment, which was ratified after the Civil War to deal with civil rights issues when slavery ended. The amendment contains three limitations on state power that greatly expanded the reach of the Constitution: States shall not violate citizens’ privileges or immunities or deprive anyone of life, liberty or property without due process of law, and must guarantee all persons equal protections under the law
The 14h Amendment’s citizenship clause states: “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.” The purpose of the clause was to guarantee citizenship to freed slaves and their descendants after the Civil War. Those who challenge birthright citizenship argue that illegal immigrants are not subject to U.S. jurisdiction, and so neither are their American-born children; these children, they argue, cannot therefore automatically become citizens. Since there was no such thing as an illegal immigrant at the time of the amendment’s adoption — immigration was not restricted or regulated back then — opponents also contend that the amendment does not apply to illegal immigrants.

The Supreme Court, however, has upheld the right to birthright citizenship throughout history, granting citizenship to all people born here, except to children of foreign diplomats and Native American sovereign tribes. Supporters of birthright citizenship consider it an important element of the American ethos that prizes welcoming and assimilating diverse people.

Three paths to modifying or repealing birthright citizenship have been proposed:

1) Legislate change at the federal level: Under the proposed Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009, to be considered a citizen, a child must have at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen, a legal permanent resident or an undocumented immigrant serving in the military. Sponsored by 93 Republicans and two Democrats in House, the bill has been sitting in subcommittee, and experts say it is unlikely to survive court challenges if it becomes law.

2) Amend the Constitution to revoke birthright citizenship: Sen. Lindsey Graham and other leading Republicans have proposed hearings on an amendment. But amending the Constitution is an extremely difficult process.

3) Get the Supreme Court to change its interpretation of the 14th Amendment: State Legislators for Legal Immigration, a coalition of Republican lawmakers from 15 states, is drafting state legislation that will deny citizenship to children born in the United States to illegal immigrants, possibly by barring the issuance of birth certificates. Birth certificates are under state authority, but issues of citizenship fall under federal jurisdiction, and so a change in state law that clashes with federal law will likely lead to lawsuits. Arizona State Rep. John Kavanagh said that is precisely the intention: provoke lawsuits that will end with the Supreme Court reexamining the 14th Amendment.

Opponents of birthright citizenship argue that illegal immigrants come to the United States to give birth to a child – a so-called “anchor baby” – as a way of gaining quick access for themselves to citizenship. However, supporters contend that in fact, the law requires these children to wait until they are 21 to petition for legal residency status for their parents.

A study by the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research group, observes that an end to birthright citizenship would increase the illegal immigration population, not reduce it, leading to “the establishment of a permanent class of undocumented workers.” The study predicts that the number of unauthorized immigrants could swell from 11 million to between 16 and 24 million by 2050, depending on how restrictive new laws would be.

What do you think?

Does birthright citizenship apply to the American-born children of illegal immigrants? What do you think of efforts to deny automatic citizenship to these children? How would denying them citizenship affect illegal immigration in the future? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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9/17/2014
Charlottesville, Virginia
Yelitssa
bailey/Monticello
Most immigrants come to the US for a better future for them and there kids. They come to live the American dream. If you think about it immigrants work in hard conditions in which citizens wouldnt even last a week. they work in cold and hot day while US citizens get to stay in a office building. Immigrants help our country in many ways and people dont see that.

9/17/2014
Charlottesville, Virginia
Yelitssa
bailey/Monticello
most immigrants come to the US

9/6/2014
Fullerton California
Kara
South Kitsap
Where i live there are a lot of illegal pregnant immigrants put up in houses until they have their babies If we deny citizenship for their babies then they would stop coming here, citizenship is all they want! If we don't act now there will be more of them and & less of USA legal citizens as of now in the state of California legal citizen are the minority! What happens to us if we keep letting them get away with this? We have to take better control of the situation. It's bad enough our government allows illegal immigrants to march against us and DEMAND RIGHTS! Isn't that a oxymoron? We the USA have a proper & legal way of becoming a US citizen but they don't think that's fair! What's not fair is the USA has to defend our selves to the illegal immigrant about our laws. So lets pull it together and stand our grounds on this matter, We must stay in control!

6/3/2014
Roanoke, Alabama
Al
BroadChurch Academy
It may be true that one who is: 1) born in the United States of America is a "birthright" citizen, and 2) indisputable that one who is born to parents who are themselves citizens of the United States of America, no matter the birth location, is automatically a United States citizen. But this means nothing to a Passport Services or Social Security Administration bureaucrat. All that matters to them is that the person applying for (or application is made by a duly authorized representative) presents a certified copy of a birth certificate that was filed within one year of the date of birth stated thereon. Delayed birth certificates mean nothing to them. The federal government is not bound by Article IV, section 1 of the US Constitution, the "Full Faith and Credit" clause. It is merely by the grace of the US congress or the agency that any documents are accepted. SSN applications and filing are at no charge. Passport applications are NOT free, whether the bureaucrats' whim is to issue or not to issue the passport. The application and any documents submitted can be rejected for any or no reason. Even a state or territorial birth certificate filed within one year may be rejected with or without justification.

5/31/2014
Port St. Lucie, Florida
Lee
School of Life
At the time of the 14th Amendment, immigrant quotas were not in place nor did the founding fathers or political bodies at the time of the 14th Amendment ever expect the need. Since then due to the increased influx of peoples from around the world, quotas have had to be put in place. If the latter is constitutional, then so should be an exclusion for children born of illegal immigrants. Those children would be deported with their parents and not retain a US citizenship.

5/31/2014
Louisiana
Christian
K12
The 14th amendment shouldn't apply to illegal immigrants it gives their children power over us true americans. They should go back to Latin America and stay forever

4/27/2014
Virginia
Jessy
West Ridge High
While I do see the argument that every American who is not from Native American descent is an illegal immigrant, I believe that we cannot operate on events that happened over 400 years ago. Today, Anchor babies give benefits to illegal immigrants who do not pay taxes like legal citizens. I see this as unjust to American citizens, and especially unjust to immigrants who have come here legally.

4/8/2014
Wilmington, NC
Barbara
School off Life
Intent of 14th Amendment was not addressing illegal immigrants. Children born to illegal immigrants have no right to citizenship of the USA. Their parents are Mexicans and here illegally, the children should have been born in Mexico and therefore Mexicans here illegally.

4/7/2014
South Carolina
Sloane
Greenville High School
I think they should be able to become citizens because technically everyone here was born of "illegal immigrants." I mean, think about it, the native americans were here before us, so wouldn't be there land then? Then us Europeans and Asians and what not just came in and claimed it as our own. That probably isn't ok in many people's books.

4/3/2014
North Carolina
Joseph
Wilson Christian Academy
i believe in America

3/19/2014
Bayshore,NY
Marilyn
Bayshore high school
If we even take away the 14th amendment from the Consitution that this Country was built on technically we are all immigrants no one was really born on this land so then we are all immigrants. There is no such thing as a real American cause all of us migrated here

2/27/2014
Bronx,New York
Faty
South Bronx Prep
they should not have done that.

2/11/2014
CA
Albert
Arcadia High School
Amend the constitution to deny us citizenship to children of illegal parents, period. This should also apply to children of non-immigrant visa holders in the country legally for work or studies.

1/21/2014
ashburn, VA
mia
n/a
I think you guys should do ( 1) Legislate change at the federal level: Under the proposed Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009, to be considered a citizen, a child must have at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen, a legal permanent resident or an undocumented immigrant serving in the military. Sponsored by 93 Republicans and two Democrats in House, the bill has been sitting in subcommittee, and experts say it is unlikely to survive court challenges if it becomes law.) That because it is true i know many illegal immigrant and the women do come here illegally and get pregnant on purpose so that their child is a citizen and not only that they appy and are granted free medical insurance and are given food stamps. I am a Citizen of the United states and not even i ask for that much help from.my country. They lie of their incomes and give wrong information to get help from the goverment. I think at least one parent should be US Citizen or Legal Recidence for their children to be US Citizens.

1/14/2014
Long beach
Amahn Mallett
Long Beach Poly
I believe that no matter what what race or culture you are, if you want to immigrate here you should have to prove that you have a skillset or specialization that can help the U.S., whether it be cleaning to custodial to teaching. A teacher from japan, or a gym teacher from south america. Otherwise, dont even try to come over.

12/23/2013
Norwalk Ca.
Steve Vreeken
Nick Nicholson Bellflower High
I believe that it is totally wrong that I work hard for my money pay taxes. Then I witness illegal imigrants come to this Country don't have to pay taxes because they have Social Security number. And just because they are a baby making machine they get to stay in this Country I think it is just wrong. It should be a privilege to live here not a right if your illegal. I mean they make more money than I do with no education. JUST WRONG.

12/2/2013
winterset, iowa
kyle
winterset senior high Mr. Fitzpatrick
i firmly agree but only if you are born in the united states, should you be a citizen of the us, as well as you parents. i however do not agree that an illegal immigrant that just came over should not be a citizen

10/16/2013
Watertown/Ma
Paige
Rimas/ Watertown High School
I believe that even if your parents are illegal immigrants but you have been born in the U.S you should be accepted as an American citizen because like the 14th Amendment states, all people born in the United States are citizens. Illegal Immigrants having children in the U.S usually do it for their children's benefits like getting a good education, or a good job and having the right to freedom. Any child deserves that right.

10/11/2013
Watertown/Ma
Hillary
Rimas/ Watertown High School
I think if you were born in America but have illegal parents that the child born here should be an American but the parents would have to do the whole process of becoming a citizen.

10/11/2013
Watertown/Massachusetts
Abiral
Mr.Rimas of Watertown High
I think birthright citizenship does apply to American-born children of illegal immigrants because even though they were the children of illegal immigrants they were still born in the United States. Due to the fact that they were born in the United States means that they should be even though their parents were illegal immigrants. I think they're just trying to protect the country from illegal immigrants so i don't see anything wrong with what their trying to do, but I still think the birthright citizenship applies to them. I don't think it will affect illegal immigration even when they try to deny it.

10/11/2013
Watertown/Ma
Emily
Rimas/Watertown High School
Babies born in the US but are children born from from illegal immigrants should not be denied citizenship because they are born in the the US and they will be razeing them in American society.

9/18/2013
Chicago Il
Jules
Queen of Peace High School
Illegal immigrants are "ghosts" so then they do not exist here... so then neither should their children. They are doing nothing except for draining any system set up for Americans. They are being taught English while paying no property taxes and because of that we are cutting everything in the schools. Get rid of them... I don't care if they are Mexican, Polish, or any other race. It is not fare to people who worked so hard to get here legally.

7/2/2013
Round lake Beach
alex
Ms Moss Sally Potter
no they shouldn't

5/23/2013
Las Vegas, Nevada
Brenda G.
Ms. Mclaughlin
I'm honestly not sure what I believe. I guess you could say I'm neutral? Children born to illegal immigrants should be granted citizenship because citizenship is based on birth, not ethnicity. The children can't help that they were born on US soil. But, they shouldn't be granted citizenship because why award those who break the laws?

5/22/2013
las vegas nevada
dean
ms.mclaughlin
i agree with the fact of the 14th amendment to give children of illegal immigrants the right of citizentship

5/16/2013
Las Vegas, Nevada
Ana
Ms. Mclaughlin
Yes, children of illegal immigrants who are born in the U.S be citizens. they were born here and the right to be here.

5/16/2013
las vegas, nevada
breanna
ms.mclaughlin
i agree with the affirmatve

11/27/2012
Indianapolis, IN
Oscar
Avon High School
I enlisted in the marines and picked my MOS which is what job you do in the Marines. I choose signals intelligence and was denied because my parents are not legal citizens can somebody answer me on how that works?

9/24/2012
California
Ramona
Savanna
I have cousins from Mexico that came to the u.s. with a travelers visa, apllied for Medical, received it no qestions asked, had there children here and went back to Mexico 2 weeks after. They make it really easy here in California and its becoming a trend. I am opposed to it, but there is not much I can do when the goverment is allowed. My sister in law that is self-employed had to pay ot of pocket for her childrens birth, but my cousin that has never lived or worked here, got it all paid. Does not make any sense.

4/24/2012
Grand Island, Ne
Sara
WESTRIDGE
The simple fact is the law needs to be changed on letting a child of illegal immigrants become a citizen. Think of the stupidity of this law when it comes to illegal immigrants. First of all they break the law and then we reward them by paying for there babies being born here and then we make the child a citizen.

1/17/2011

Sophia C
Bradley/Nimitz, Irving, TX
If we take away birthright citizenship, in a way we take away prospects for others to pursue the American Dream. While we joke and say we're going to run away to Canada if a certain candidate becomes president, and while we complain about taxes and the recession, there are tons of people out there that don't care about the economy, or the government. They immigrate here and have children to create a better life. They escape war-torn areas and third-world countries so that they and their children can have hope for a better life. To take this right away, or to put sometimes impossible stipulations on it, would be constitutionally wrong, and it would defeat America's proposition: that you can make a better life here, and future generations can benefit as a result.

1/14/2011

Jessica A
Bradley/ Nimitz High School, Irving, TX
How much does race play into this situation? Imagine Lithuanians crossing the Atlantic in order for to live in the 'prosperity' that is America. They're illegal, but when they have children, what would they be considered? American citizens because they were born on American soil, with the same rights as everyone else. According to the 14th, a person is an American citizen if he or she was born in United States, and that shouldn't be taken away because of his or her heritage. And if we were to take away their citizenship, would their children be legal? Or their children? When would they be considered actual American citizens if there are always considered illegal? Wouldn't it be possible for the United States government to exclude certain peoples because they were 'illegal'? It isn't right for the US government to punish the children when it was their parents who decided where their children would be born, and by denying the citizenship to the children of immigrant, America would be spiting on the foundation it was build upon: immigrants coming to America to get away from the hardships and persecution of their homeland for better lives.

1/14/2011

Maggie S.
Bradley/Nimitz High School, Irving, TX
We absolutely cannot deny the right of people who are born on American soil to be considered Americans. Sure, it might deter some of the people who are crossing the border illegally, but this isn't the way to control illegal immigration. If we took away that right, would every child of an illegal immigrant therefore have to go through the long process of becoming a citizen? A third grader would go to school, come home, and get quizzed on the Civil War? There's no telling what kind of troubles this would unlock, making illegal immigration an even bigger problem, bureaucracy playing an even biger part. If you're born on American soil, you're an American; if that changes what is next?

1/12/2011

Donavon
Nimitz High School, Irving, Tx
According to the law, as of now, these children are American citizens. Regardless of how they were able to be given birth to in America is not their fault. Parents make decisions that a child has to live with. No child is asked to be conceived or birthed, therefore they shouldn't be punished and denied the “American dream. No one complains about illegal immigrants when they're hiring them for cheap labor, but as soon as jobs are be being taken by them, it becomes a huge problem. I thought America was supposed to be a place where dreams were made true? Seems to me that we've become selfish. This country was built upon immigrants and now we've come to a time where we want to turn our backs on what our nation is about.

1/12/2011

Donavon
Nimitz High School, Irving, Tx
According to the law, as of now, these children are American citizens. Regardless of how they were able to be given birth to in America is not their fault. Parents make decisions that a child has to live with. No child is asked to be conceived or birthed, therefore they shouldn't be punished and denied the “American dream. No one complains about illegal immigrants when they're hiring them for cheap labor, but as soon as jobs are be being taken by them, it becomes a huge problem. I thought America was supposed to be a place where dreams were made true? Seems to me that we've become selfish. This country was built upon immigrants and now we've come to a time where we want to turn our backs on what our nation is about.

1/11/2011

Bethany H.
Bradley/Nimitz, Irving, TX
The reason the 14th amendment was passed was because of situations that happen between families who are torn because some of them are illegal and some are legal. The 14th amendment states that we each have the natural right of a "birthright citizenship." The affection that comes upon denying a citizenship greatly frowned apon. If we were to deny the citizenship of someone who was born in the United States but is not born to parents that are citizen, that does not go forth the right that 14 amendment said we each are born to.

1/10/2011

tehodora
bradley nimitz, irving texas
i think that citizenship should not be denied to any baby born here in the United States, if that baby was born here he or she has the right to their citizenship. i thinkg that illegal immigration does bring alot of problems to this country but i don't think that this action would make any difference or fix anything because immigrants will continue to come legally or illegally. What is a baby born here going to change we still dont know how that innocent child is going to grow up and affect the united states government in any certain way. america should be proud that people come and face difficulties here in search of a better life and better opportunities and that opportunity should not be deinied to anyone who wants to progress by dening them their citizenship

1/10/2011

Uyen V.
Bradley, Nimitz High School, Irving, TX
The topic of immigration has been a major issue through our entire life. What I think about illegal immigrants giving birth on U.S. Grounds, should definitely mean that the baby is automatically a citizen. It doesn't matter if their parents were illegal immigrants. Each and every baby born on U.S. Territory were born with the rights and citizenship to this country. And with the 3 things that the government could do about this problem, is way too much work to just change up the meaning, or reword, the 14th Amendment. Plus, it's not the baby's fault that he/she was born and that their parents turned out to be illegal. What could a baby do? When he/she turns 21, wouldn't they be really upset with the U.S. Government and it's cruel system, something may go really wrong by then. So just make everyone's life easier and just give the baby's his/her birthrights.

1/10/2011

Andres
Bradley/Nimitz, Dallas, Tx
I do believe that children of illegal immigrants should be denied citizenship, because it will deter those who came only to be able to live here and support their American child. When my grandpa first came to the U.S., he came to work and gain a solid job and has recently retired as a citizen who was a contractor and now has six kids, three who were born here. However, he didn't come to America just to just start a family and stay here, he came to live the American dream. After a few years, my grandma came here and they've stayed ever since, but they had their first child when they were settled here. They had a stable money supply, and weren't using my newborn mom as a reason to stay. That's what separates them from the illegal immigrant who decides to come here and have a baby or get married to a citizen, which is well "cheating" in my opinion. Skipping the hard work that has been historically done by the immigrants. Yes, the government shouldn't fight for the past births but for the future ones.

1/10/2011

Chris
Bradley/Nimitz, Irving/Texas
Just like most people, I also believe that the birthright citizenship should not be denied to the U.S born children of illegal immigrants because it would cause an overflow of people trying to gain citizenship later on in the years. So the better solution to that is to just grant them citizenship when they are born here to reduce future complications. It is not the baby's fault for being born in another country in which they parents entered illegally. If denied this right, then I believe it is a violation of the promise s made in the fourteenth amendment of the constitution. There is no point in trying to twist the words of that amendment to fit the country's situation today. Every U.S born baby is granted citizenship no matter what. That is all there is to it.

1/5/2011

demolish
Highschool, Ca
I think everything should stay the same. what harm can an inocent child do to this country or are republicans afraid of future votes? who knows. I think all this that is going on it shows how those so call americans are unsensible. we have to understand that this is a small world and it belongs to all humans born on it.

12/14/2010

Paige
La Place/Centennial, Ohio
Anyone born in the US should not be denied citizenship, regardless if their parents are illegal or legal citizens. The 14th amendment states that anyone born in US territory is a citizen of the US. I honestly think it is stupid for everyone to make such a big deal out of illegal immigrants coming to the United States and giving birth to children here. They come to America for more opportunites and better lives.

12/8/2010

Dylan
Montgomery HS/ Metgzer, Montgomery Texas
Yes, because we shouldn't have to allow people who came to our country to have kids and legalize them. It's dumb. We already have enough illegal immigrants. If they feel that they have to come to OUR country to have kids, then they're dumb. We need stronger border patrol and really start being rude to them. Bring out the guns. I mean come on. This is pathetic. No one who is an illegal immigrant and has kids deserves to give their kids citizenship.

11/30/2010

Lancelot
Bradley/Nimitz, Irving/TX
Birthright citizenship should not apply to the American-born children of illegal immigrants. This can be related to the old-time interpretation of royalty passing down the crown down the line, where in this situation you must be legal, or legitimately in the process of attaining citizenship (Having the royal blood, or having an infusion.) to have a newborn be able to attain the birthright citizenship. For those in the process of attaining citizenship, their child should not be considered legally a U.S. citizen until said parent/s gain citizenship, by which time both parent/s and child gain the jurisdiction and protection of this countries freedoms, rights, and privileges laid out by our forefathers. By denying the citizenship currently, there will be no true effect on immigration in the future, until more issues arise where illegal children enrolled in school run into issues. But any infringement on what is already going on will not only depend on who is called illegal or not, but how well the laws and restrictions and tracking are upheld and enforced.

11/30/2010

Leticia C.
bradley/nimitz, irving
Citizenship should not be denied to U.S born children of illegal immigrants. If the citizenship were denied, then there would be more problems with immigration. At the end the U.S would be benefiting,since the children will grow up and provide their work for the US. Illegal parents may come to the U.S just to give their children full citizenship,but it's not the child's fault.

11/18/2010

Mary S.
Bradely/Nimitz High School, Irving, TX
These parents come to this country illegally because they know, if their child is born here, they will be allowed to stay to take care of the child. I don't believe we should grant automatic citizenship to children born here if their parent or parents are illegal. We are only fueling the illegal immigration problem by keeping this law in effect. If we deny this right, in the future, illegal immigration will drop some, but it will still be a problem. I do not agree with the statement that doing this will only make illegal immigration more of a problem, because parents would have less of a reason to get into the country and live off of our tax money.

11/17/2010

Brooke
Sidney High School, Sidney,Mt
No i dont think that the U.S. should deny the citizenship of an U.S born child, because it says in the 14th Amendment of the constitution that if you are born in the United States them you are automatically a citizen. Plus our country can give a better life to the baby than what country the parents came from.

11/17/2010

skyler hardy
sidney montana, sidney high school
no i tdont think they should be legal to live here since they were born here i think it would incourage illegagl immigrants to have there kids in america

11/17/2010

Scott
Sidney High School, Sidney,MT
No i dont think that we should take there citizenship away because what there parents did to get that citizenship even if they came over illegally and have lived here for along time its not that childs fault that there parents are illegal immigrants

11/16/2010

Brady
Sidney High School, Sidney, MT
Yes I think that citizenship should be denied to children born of illegial immigrants because that could be part of the reason for all of the illegal immigrants today. They sneak in to have a baby, and if it didn't grant the baby citizenship then less people would do it.

11/16/2010

Elizabeth
Sidney High School, Sidney MT
I don't think that birthright citizenship should be denied for U.S. born childrent of illegal immigrants. I think that if people back in the olden days didnt worry about it then neither should we. If they are born here then they are American. If my parents are North Dakotans and I am born in South Dakota then am I not a South Dakotan because my parents are a North dakotan. I think not.

11/16/2010

Jaime
Bradley/ Nimitz High, Irving, TX
Birthright citizenship should not be denied for U.S- born children of illegal immigrants because they are legit citizens by being born here. The citizenship process is difficult and we shouldn't have to subject little children who were born here to it just because their parents aren't legal. This simply isn't right. The efforts of our fore fathers would be wasted. Granted, that this originally applied to slaves, but I feel like they knew this would eventually happen. Illegal immigrants are just trying to give their kids a better opportunity for a good life. The efforts to deny this right are ridiculous. If congress would put this much time into matters that are more important, America would be a better nation. This shouldn't even be in our minds.

11/16/2010

Dakota
Sidney High SChool, Sidney MT
I think that the birthright citizenship of illegal immigrants should not be taken away. Hopefully by allowing the children of illegal immigrants US citizenship they will be able to flourish and be upstanding citizens for by having access to public education and other oppurtunies not had by their parents.

11/16/2010

Mikayla
Mr. Remis/Watertown High, Watertown,MA
I believe that these children should not be denied, they are born in the United States so therefore they are considered a citizen. Everyone should be able to live where they want, I don't see the huge deal.

11/16/2010

Bryan
Faulaber , Sidney MT
I think that this is wrong this is just a easy way to become a U.S citizen and i think that a lot of people are just gonna be jumping the border to have kids so it will be harder to kick them out and it will be way to easy to become a american.

11/16/2010

Peter
Rimas/Watertown High, Watertown MA
Technically, citizenship for kids with at least one parent who IS A US CITIZEN is granted to kids who are born on US soil. I agree that birthright citizenship should be denied for U.S. born citizens of illegal immigrants. It is a shame that it has come to this but I honestly think that this is the best way to contain illegal immigration. I do think that all of these kids would eventually become naturalized citizens if they could get their papers in order (difficult because these kids weren't born in the country their parents are from). The exception I would make to the 1 parent being a citizen rule is if both parents are here in United States LEGALLY.

11/16/2010

Anthony
Rimas/Watertown High School, Watertown/MA
I do feel that citizenship of U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants should be denied. This is simply because their parents use child birth as a method of staying in the country. I feel that, especially in democratic states, many people are sympathetic for these people with hard lives and would feel bad deporting a parent, forcing them to leave their child here in the states. However, if laws passed making these infants illegal, there would be no disputes and hassles deporting both people.

11/16/2010

Alx D.
Bradley / Nimitz High School, Irving, Texas.
I personally agree with the first listed, proposed method. I think that children born in US should only become citizens if one or more of their parent's are legal citizens themselves. I think that a lot of illegal immigrants see the birthright amendment as a way to bypass illegal immigration. I agree with a lot of the proposed methods of solving this problem. I feel that if they changed the interpretation of the law, then we would probably lower the rate of illegal immigration, as some immigrants do come over just to have their child born in the US. I believe the best course of action would definitely be along the lines of either amending the law or changing the interpretation to exclude illegal immigrants.

11/16/2010

Benjamin A.
Bradley, Nimitz, Irving, TX
Personally as a child of two legal residents who immigrated legally to the U.S.I think that they need to pass legislation to prevent children of illegal immigrants to gain citizenship because it took my parents 12 years of waiting and 3 years of processing to gain residency. So, when illegal immigrants who refuse to go through the legal system and have there kids become citizens and eventually gain citizenship themselves in about 5-8 years. This is what I I consider ridiculous and unfair to the people who waited a decade and a half to get legal residency. I think the U.S. should pass legislation as in the U.K. in which only the children of both parents being residents can gain citizenship other than the children of citizens. I think that this push would decrease illegal immigration and help regulate immigration better.Also at the same time I don't think nativism should rise again since the U.S. is a country of immigrants.

11/16/2010

Benjamin A.
Bradley, Nimitz, Irving, TX
One of the speak-outs said "Everyone should be able to live where they want, I don't see the huge deal. " Logically this is crazy. If everyone was able to live where they wanted then we would have the homeless person living in a million dollar house in Beverly hills. And where people live shape who they are almost all the time. If you go to school in a private school you have a better education than an education in a public school because of its exclusiveness. So where people live is a huge deal. A people should not be automatically accepted into that and they should go through a legal process to do so.

11/16/2010

Breanne B
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney Mt.
Yes, i believe if you are born in the United States that you should not be denied citizenship. Dening them this right to help contain illegal immigration would help stop it. But the law states that if they are born here they should not be illegal, i do not think that this should be changed. The Mother and Father of the child do need to take the citizenship test and pass or they need to take their child back to their country.

11/16/2010

Kian
Sidney High School, Sidney Mt
I think that kids born in the U.S. but whos parents are illegal immigrants should be deported and denied citizenship because their parents are only doing this so that they can stay.

11/16/2010

Cole
Sidney High School, Sidney MT
If the parets are fust coming here to have there kid so they can become a citizen an easy way I don't agree with that. If other famillies come to the United States they have to take the citizen test this is no different they should too.

11/16/2010

Joey E.
Sidney High School, Sidney, MT
Yes i think that that the citizenship should be denied to children born here in the US that are immigrants. because it could be a way to not get deported and work. But if they get accepted they should be required to pay taxes and take a citizenship test.

11/16/2010

Brooke S.
Sidney High School, Sidney, MT
No, I don't think that U.S-born children of illegal immigrants should be denied because personally i don't think that they did anyhting wrong, and they shouldn't be punished for what their parents did. Although i do think that it is wrong that illegal immigrants are coming to the U.S. for all the wrong reasons, i still think that is a right of the child to not be denied citizenship. They were still born in the U.S., and just like everyone else in the U.S. that is born here, they shouldnt be denied.

11/16/2010

Nathaniel
Sidney High School, Sidney, MT
I think that they should not allow them to become citezens, unless one of the parents is a U.S. citezen. As siad in the article, it would decrease the "Anchor Baby" problem. If neither of the parents are a U.S. citezen, i feel like it's giving the illegal immigrants a free ticket to citezenship by giving birth to a child in our country.

11/16/2010

Ryan J
SHS, Sidney Mt
I dont think birthright citizenship should be denied because it is not their fault they were born into that family and you never know they could one day better themselves and become a very important body in the United States and to the American govt. and or military.

11/16/2010

Duyphuc
Bradley/Nimitz High School, Irving/TX
In my eyes, birthright citizenship should be denied to those who do not have at least one legal parent. My support for this is personal. My parents had lived for twenty plus years in Vietnam after the war under the rule of a very hard-lined communist regime. After my parents and my family came to the U.S. In 1997, we still had to wait ten years before we applied for citizenship. I myself only received citizenship through my parents in 2009. It doesn't seem fair or right that my parents and myself have had to wait through he long arduous process of legal immigration when some illegal can just cross the border and give birth, providing for their children something that took my family at least thirty years to obtain. Citizenship means a lot but why should someone who hasn't done anything get citizenship immediately while those who work long and hard have to wait years and years. If this is what America wants to happen, I am not surprised that your work ethic has gone into utter decline and that one day this country will become a third world nation. If citizenship is just handed out in this method then citizenship means nothing to me and maybe this is why people don't vote or participate in the election. They don't know what citizenship really is.

11/15/2010

elena
none, DC
Of course we should keep the 14th Amendment. First off, it's an amendment and a big deal. We fought the civil war to ensure that all people in the US, regardless of color, would be given their due rights. We can't start to mess with that idea now. Too much is at stake.

11/15/2010

Andrew
Sidney High, Sidney
i think yes . if the parents werent able to come here legally why should we accept there kids. they shouldnt be able to have the same right as a true american. i also stongly think that ANY legal immagrant should be required to speak english before crossing the border.

11/15/2010

Krissy H
Sidney High School, Sidney, MT
I dont think the "birthright citizenship" should be denied to these children. they were born on U.S. grounds, therfore they are American citizens. Because they are babies its up to their parents to either choose to become legal citizens themselves or make their children citizens of their country.

11/15/2010

Jessy
Sidney High School, Sidney Mt.
I think that we need to focus on the illegal immigrants that are coming into the country and not worry bout their kids. i guess to me it doesnt really matter wether the kids get citizenship or not. What i believe is that the problem of illegal immigrants needs to be dealt with.

11/15/2010

Kayla
Sidney High Schol, Sidney, MT
I don't think they should be denied it. It wasn't their choice that one of their parents or both were illegal immigrants. They were born in the United States therefore they should get the rights that come with that. So they should be aloud the birthright citizenship.

11/15/2010

Rihana
Sidney High School, Sidney, MT
Yes i think that if an illegal immigrant has a child in the U.S. the child should be a legal citizen. The 14th amendment gives them that right and it should not be taken away from them. It is not the childs fault tha one or more of their parents are illegal immigrants.

11/15/2010

Zack Borchert
sidney high school, sidney, MT
we should allow the children of illegal immigrants to becaome natural born citizens. Denying the natural citizenship is denying them fourteenth amendment. But there should be a limit on when they could take it away. They could deport them if they were pregnet when they came to america, but they could not in a way deport them when they got pregnet in the U.S. then hade the child. Alos by not deporting them it would also add a divesity of people.

11/15/2010

Cody Keller
Sidney High School, Sidney Montana
No, because the 14th amendment allows the to be citizens and we shouldnt change that.

11/15/2010

Kyle
Sidney High School, Montana
I think it shouild be denied to an extent. Yes it would be a hastle to change the 14th amendment, but I personally think that child should be born where the mother came from if it turned out she was an illegal immigrant. If the mother was a U.S-born citizen, again I believe the baby should be staying in the U.S.

11/15/2010

Colin B.
Sidney High School, Sidney, Montana
I dont think it should be denied cuz then it goes against the 14th amendment and plus how is the government going to kick out all of the illegal immigrants that are already here.

11/15/2010

Airika
Sidney High School, Sidney MT
I think babies shouldnt be denied citizenship. Its not the childs choice where they were born and they have a better chance here too

11/15/2010

Heaven (Gamet)
Faulhaber/SHS, Sidney/MT
I don't think birth-right citizenship should be automatically given to anyone. I think you should have to register to be a citizen. But I also don't think the testing should happen--I think we should just get a social security number and hand over a fingerprint scan to help criminals in the future and be on our merry way. I think parents who are illegal immigrants with children born in the U.S. should be given the option of registering their kid but knowing full well that anchor-babying ain't gonna happen and that they have to register just like everyone else.

11/15/2010

Brennan
Sidney High School, Sidney, Mt.
I think they should change it because right now 4 million kids with parents who are illegial is alot of different jobs that could be alot of american jobs for american CITIZENS. If you want to become a U.S. citizen do it the right way there are thousands of people waiting for a chance and people are cheeting the system to get into america.

11/15/2010

Andi
Sidney High School, Sidney, MT
I think that if at some point in our ancestors time, they had to become a citizen, it would be only fair for the illegal immigrants to gain citizenship. We are citizens because of our ancestors. For the children of illegal immigrants to be called citizens the parents should gain that first, instead of just having an "anchor baby" to stay in the country. The 14th Amendment does say that any person born in the U.S. are citizens. That being there really isn't away around that. Nevertheless, the intake of illegal immigrants due to "anchor babies" or for whatever reasons, could contribute to the loss of jobs, taxes and so on and so forth.

11/15/2010

Tyler
Sidney High School, Sidney MT
I think if the child is born in the U.S then they should be a citizen. Its their parents who crossed the border and brought them to the U.S. If we take the Natural born citizenship away then we take it away from everyone.

11/15/2010

Alex
Sidney High School, Sidney, MT
I don't think we should get rid of the 14th Amendment but stop pregnant immagrats form crossing the border.

11/15/2010

Randy
SHS, Sidney,MT
yes, because obviously its a way around gettin shipped back. If they started lettin that happen every immigrant would get someone prego jus so they could stay illegally.

11/15/2010

Grant
Sidney High School, Sidney, MT
No, because their parents had the baby in the US and the 14th Amendment protects them but the parents should be shipped back to where ever they came from.

11/15/2010

osman
karen/HRC, seattle/WA
I think that its very un fair to the illegal parents and they should become citizens if they have children born in the USA

11/15/2010

Will
Sidney High School, Sidney, Montana
the amandmants should be changed. One U.S. citizens per household!

11/15/2010

Megan
Sidney High School, Sidney, MT
I believe that children born to illegal immigrants should be denied birthright citizenship. Their parents are just trying to find an easy way of becoming citizens and I don't think it's right.

11/15/2010

Derek
shs, Sidney
If their born in America then their Americans it's that simple. Nobody should have any right to deny them citizenship.

11/15/2010

Mackenzie
Nimitz High School, Irving, Tx
I think that taking away the “birthright” from a child is obviously unconstitutional, the fourteenth amendment, and just mean. It may make illegal immigration go down but it also may make it more stealthy where immigrant find more ways to go unnoticed. So it may cause an immediate problem but start another problem down the road. Most immigrants come to America for a better life, and have their children in America to give them a chance. I have sympathy for these people who have it so badly, and their motives are purely for good. I don't care that Americas workers are upset by this because most Americans are better off than all of the immigrants combined. Immigrants come to America to make their life better. This could even be taken as a bit flattering to America. Maybe I have too much sympathy for people who are worse off than me, but I feel like America should stop worrying about immigration so much and deal with Health care. I feel like all the issues that the government is addressing are not as important as what they could be addressing. I know my comment will not be taken seriously but I don't feel it would be right to take away a birthright. Its simply said in the word itself that it should be something your born with (“birth”--“right”).

11/15/2010

Ashley
Sidney, Montana
I think that the government should deny citizenship to children born in the U.S by illegal immigrants. Even though they might be born in America their parents are still illegal immigrants and are breaking the law. They just cross the border so their child could be born in Ameria and have citizenship.

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