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Should birthright citizenship be denied to children of illegal immigrants?

August 24, 2015

by Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer
 
Birthright citizenship – the right to citizenship for anyone born in the United States, regardless of their parents’ status – has been in the news lately. Here’s what you need to know about the recently challenged aspect of the 14th Amendment.

If you are born in the United States, you are automatically a citizen, a guarantee of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution that is known as “birthright citizenship.” A number of Republican lawmakers and president hopefuls are calling to an end to the right as a way to contain illegal immigration. The Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research group, reported that 4 million children born in the United States in 2008 were children of undocumented immigrants.

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 14th 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 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. Other bills aimed at ending "birthright citizenship" have failed in Congress.

2) Amend the Constitution to revoke birthright citizenship: In the past,  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, has drafted 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 as a way of gaining quick access to citizenship for themselves. 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?
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10/17/2018
Murrieta
Christine
Jabro/ MCA
I believe citizenship should apply to the American- Born children of illegal immigrants. Because their parents weren't legal to be here doesn't mean that the child should suffer the consequence of it.

10/2/2018
Murrieta, CA
Dylan
Jabro, MCA
I believe the term anchor baby is appropriate in this matter. Although it is not a beneficial thing for the united states. The children born within the united states should be able to have an American citizenship, though if apprehended with the status of the parents remaining illegal, they would then be deported and the child be picked up by cps and put into the system or deported as well denning their citizenship.

10/1/2018
Murrieta/CA
Sarah
Jabro/MCA
Yes, I believe that birthright citizenship should apply to American-born children of illegal immigrants. They were born in the United States, which makes them U.S Citizens. I think that the people who are trying to deny automatic citizenship to these children are

9/27/2018
Murrieta/CA
Alexis
jabro/ MCA
People should be given birthright citizenship. It should not matter where there parents are from

9/27/2018
murrieta
caleb
jabro/ MCA
i believe that birthright citizenship should be offered to children of illegal immigrants

9/27/2018
Murrieta/California
Chloe
Jabro/Murrieta Canyon Academy
BIrth right should be given to anyone born in America regardless of where the parents come from. How is it right for kids to pay the price of their parents? Its unfair and cruel for kids to be born here but have their rights taken away because their parents are immigrants. Aren't we all immigrants? We weren't here first it was the natives so how are we able to judge another when we are just like them.

9/27/2018
Murrieta/ CA
Anthony
Jabro/ MCA
I think it should be denied, or at least withheld until said immigrant can join some kind of labor force or schooling program to get the funds and education they need to be able to immigrate LEGALLY.

9/25/2018
Murrieta/CA
azim smith
Jabro/MCA
People should be given their birthright citizenship regardless of the parents' background.

4/10/2018
West Nyack/ NY
Sally
South
People should be given their birthright citizenship regardless of the parents' background.

4/10/2018
West Nyack / New York
Ally A.
South
Birthright citizenship does apply to American-born children of illegal immigrants. I agree with the efforts to deny automatic citizenship to these children. I think that if their parents are illegal, then they are illegal too. American citizenship is something that should not be illegally attained.

4/10/2018
new york
Jan
south
the american ethos has always been to provide equal opportunity to achieve the american dream. Its what our forefathers believed in and so the ancestors of americans who came from a ship hoping to pursue the dream of a better future.

4/10/2018
west nyack, ny
julia d
south
The 14th amendment applies to American born children of illegal immigrants. the 14th amendment says “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.” I believe the efforts to deny automatic citizenship to American born children of illegal immigrants would contradict the 14th amendment. Some families have been here for many generations and the way that they got their families to stay in America was by having their children in America and become born citizens. As long as we are all good citizens and we are all doing what we should be doing for our country illegal or not there should be no issue.

4/10/2018
west nyack ny
nicholas j
south
The 14 amendment says all persons born naturalized in the untied states and subject to the jurisdiction. Everyone who is born in the us territory should be given their birthright citzenship regaurdless of their parents. I think they shouldn deny automatic citzenship to children.

4/10/2018
west nyack ny
tjm
south
Everyone born in the united states should be given the right of becoming a citizen at birth regardless of their parents origin

4/10/2018
West Nyack New York
Jack T
South
Although people who are born on American soil are automatically given citizenship (even if their parents are illegal immigrants) I personally feel like it shouldn't be that way. I find it to be very unfair to people who came to this country legally and went through the citizenship test, oaths, ect. Also I personally feel like the efforts made to deny automatic citizenship have been weak at best. I think if instead of ¨interpreting the 14th amendment" a different way the government should make it easier to become a legal immigrant in the country (such as getting rid of the citizenship test all together because only a small amount of americans actual pass the test)

4/10/2018
West Nyack/NY
Kenny
K
I think that if immigrants are not granted citizenship it is wrong for their child who is born in the country to be considered a citizen. Not only is it unfair to people who want to gain their citizenship legally and rightfully but, it creates a loophole in the system. Once the loophole is discovered by other people it will create even more issues.

4/10/2018
West Nyack, NY
John M
South
I think that birthright citizenship should apply to illegal immigrants children. I believe this because the 14th amendment clearly 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.” I can understand why people would want to deny citizenship for these children. People see how hard legal immigrants worked for citizenship and believe that it is unfair.

4/10/2018
West Nyack, New York
Coral S.
South
I believe that birthright citizenship should be offered to children of illegal immigrants. Many of those immigrants came to US for a better quality of life and wanting the best for their children. I also don't agree with the fact the republicans are arguing that the birthright citizenship wasn't intended for that seeing as many other laws have been modified with time. For example, the right to own guns. :)

4/10/2018
West Nyack, NY
Madeline D
South
As an American citizen, I believe that if a child is born in the United States they should be granted citizenship. It shouldn't matter whether a child's parents were born in the United States or not. I also believe denying a child citizenship is unfair and does not treat people equally.

4/10/2018
West Nyack New York
James Nugent
south
The birthright apply s to children who are born here but parents can still be immigrant. The only thing that matters to the government is whether or not you are born here. Because as soon as you are those birthrights from being born here immediate apply s to you but your parents who were not born here wont and never get those birth rights. I think the efforts to try and give these kids there birthrights s right and just. The fact that someone or groups in the government are trying to take this away is just wrong not only to that kid but also to the parents of the newborn. Its the least we can do for that child being born here.

4/10/2018
west nyack ny
jake
south
i think that birthright citizenship should not apply to illegal immigrants because once the child is born the parents cannot be sent back and just leave the kids. and with 4 million children a year born a year from illegal immigrants there are to many people coming to the country

4/10/2018
West Nyack/New York
Jony C.
South
I think birthright citizenship should not apply to the American-born children of illegal immigrants because then those children could be left alone if their parents were thrown out the country. Also these rights are for citizens of the U.S. so if neither parent is a citizen then I believe that the 14 Amendment should not apply to them. I think the Supreme Court should reexamine the 14 Amendment and make changes according to the time now.

4/10/2018
west nyack ny
miguel castillo
barsamian/ clarkstown south
I do think birthright citizenship should apply to the children of illegal immigrants. For one it is not their fault or choice of where they are born and the way their parents were raised. This is supposed to be the land of the free and the land of opportunity, where immigrants can come for opportunities. To take that away and not allow the children the rights we Americans have kind of takes away from their parents coming over here trying to give them a better life. The efforts of those people trying to deny those rights is kind of absurd, those children pose no threat to you, they are doing nothing wrong. It's just because Americans don't want any more immigrants or foreigners. As if the rights should only apply to us and only us and it shouldn't be that way. Everyone supposedly was created equally and should be treated as such but sadly that has not been the case since the beginning of time and still in this day and age of 2018 it still is the same.

4/10/2018
West Nyack New York
Julia Korines
South
Yes the birthright citizenship does apply to the American-born children of illegal immigrants. The efforts to deny automatic citizenship to these children is very hard and would cost a lot of money. There would be many lawsuits involved with this. I think that birthright citizenship should apply to the American-born children of illegal immigrants because their parents want a good life for them and that is why they had them in the United States.

4/10/2018
west nyack new york
caity
south
illegal immigrants come to the United States to give birth to a child as a way of gaining quick access to citizenship for themselves. I think they have a right to citizenship if they are born in the US. I think its a struggle for parents to give their kids citizenship, and we should make is easier by letting them have their rights.Parents come here for a better life for their kids, so they should be provided rights. There parents should have to become a citizen with in a certain time.

4/10/2018
west nyack, ny
mailaya
south
i believe that making modifications to the constitution would be the best idea. considering the world we live in today, with families being separated because of immigration, the smartest thing to do is to grant a child with at least one parent who is a US citizen citizenship. having a child who is a US citizen and parents who are not US citizens could create some issues.

4/10/2018
West Nyack, New York
Ryan Tutwiler
Clakrstown South
Yes, I believe that birthright citizenship applies to the American-born children of illegal immigrants. I believe this because if you are born in America, you should be able to live there, regardless of the citizenship of your parents. I think that the efforts to deny automatic citizenship to these children is cruel. America is known to be a country where troubled people can flee to seek religious or political freedom, but if we automatically deny these children citizenship, our reputation would be ruined.

4/10/2018
west nyack, ny
mailaya
south
i believe that making modifications to the constitution would be the best idea. considering the world we live in today, with families being separated because of immigration, the smartest thing to do is to grant a child with at least one parent who is a US citizen citizenship. having a child who is a US citizen and parents who are not US citizens could create some issues.

4/10/2018
West Nyack, New York
Drew
South
If someone is born into the United States they should be granted citizenship. Even if your parent isn't a legal citizen they risked there lives to bring you across the border for a better life therefore, if you are born in the US you should get citizenship. I think it doesn't make sense to deny automatic citizenship to these children.

4/10/2018
West Nyack/NY
Ashley C
Clarkstown South
Birthright citizenship absolutely applies to American-born children of illegal immigrants its the 14th amendment. You can't just change that now. Efforts to deny automatic citizenship to these children shouldn't even be a thought. What should be happening is a way to help the parents of these children become citizens so they can be a family safe in the US.

3/15/2018
murrieta,ca
leslie
jabro/mca
the 14th amendment claims "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." this says it all. denying their right is like trying to change the 14th amendment. everyone who is born in the us territory should be given their birthright citizenship regardless of their parents.

3/6/2018
Murrieta/California
Jonathan Baker
Jabro/Tenaja Academy
I feel that people should be able to shelter immigrants I mean America was found on immigrants but I do believe that they should do the right thing and get citizenship I mean they don’t need it right away but should be working on getting it when they come into this country it’s the right thing to do.

2/23/2018
Murrieta/CA
Megan
Jabro/MCA
In my opinion, birthright citizenship should be given to children born of illegal immigrants. Take into consideration that some immigrants move to the United States in order to create a better life for their children. American is a nation driven by opportunity and freedom. Why deny these things to children who have the potential to grow up and make change?

1/23/2018
Frankfort/ KY
Kitachon
Mrs.Fraley/ Western Hills
I must admit it is quite unfair for others who immigrants who followed the rules of the system and earned their citizenship the correct way. As we all know, this is a method often use by illegal immigrants in order to earn theri stay in our nation, but why would they feel the need to pull off such scheme if our nation’s citizenship is so accessible? Because it’s not. The application itself cost $1200 to apply. So why not make our citizenship more accessible? The immigrants will then be able to work, support their families, pay taxes and support our nation.

12/17/2017
cal city
naim
jmhs
I believe if you are born in America you automatically possess citizenship because it's are god giving right and we are told to exercise are rights as Americans and if your born here in America its your individual right to uphold your birthright citizenship under constitutional status, code, regulation,and policy's we are in the land of freedom promises and dreams by taking away peoples promises dreams it is unconstitutional there are boundaries of are freedoms of course we must have wisdom to know these boundaries freedom is almost taken from us by the government even as citizens we must speak up now open are eyes stand up against the law makers government and corporations freedom is our right they need to stop manipulating are constitution and demonstrate America is great to be part of regardless if your parents are immigrants a child is innocent if the parents are immigrants no infant should be affected.

10/9/2017
Murrieta
Marie Durón
Jabro/mca
I believe that if a child is brought here or born here should have Birthright citizenship. That is why most immigrants migrate here so their children have more options and privileges. I see a lot of people saying that the kid shouldn't be punished because of the parents " mistake" first off it's not a mistake they wanted their child to grow up in a better environment, to have a better life then they did.

10/5/2017
Montana
Peytan
North Star
I believe that if you are born in the United States you should automatically be considered U.S. Citizen, or "born a U.S. citizen." There are many people i our country today that have immigrated from all over the world, and have had kids in the United States. No matter from what time period there are many people with parents who were immigrants from other countries, making up the majority of our country. I think if you are born in America you should automatically be considered a citizen of our country no matter the parents status.

10/4/2017
Murrieta/California
Allyssa
Jabro/MCA
I believe the children that came to the U.S as infants or where born in the U.S should have birthright citizenship because they didn't't have a choice to come here. Their parents brought them here so they shouldn't be punished for what their parents did.

9/21/2017
Murrieta/CA
Kiara
Jabro/MCA
Birthright citizenship should apply to the american-born children of illegal immigrants because america is all they know. They shouldn't be held accountable for what their parents did.

9/19/2017
Murrieta/CA
Liam
Jabro/MCA
Children born from illegal immigrants deserve the right to automatic citizenship. They should be kicked out of the country for there parents being illegal. Not only is this silly but wrong since these children only know America, they don't know of their parents country all they've ever know is America. It's not right, it's ridiculous.

9/19/2017
murrieta
velma
Jabro/ MAC
yes they should be because they where still born in the US they shouldn't be punished for their parents "mistakes"

9/19/2017
murrieta
kendall
jabro MCA
i think if the children have been in the united states for the majority of their lifes they should have birthright citizenship because they didnt choose to come to america their parents did and they shouldnt be denied rights because of their parents.

9/19/2017
murrieta
spencer
jabro/MCA
i think that if someone illegally comes to America, they should not have any rights and their children should not have any rights until they become legal citizens

9/19/2017
Murrieta
Parker Belle
Jabro/MCA
I think it should be denied the parents shouldnt be here in the first place however if they came here legally then they should be citizens. It is not fair to other people trying to get citizenship or people who are already citizens. illegal immigrants who have kids need more support running up our national debt and they take jobs that hard working citizens have worked hard to try to get.

9/18/2017
murrieta, ca
Dominic
Jabro, mca
No, I think brithright citizenship should not be illegal for children whose parents are immigrants. I think someone who was born into the US territory would automatically become a US citizen

9/18/2017
Murrieta CA
Jaydee
jabro/mca
Birthright citizenship does apply to the american born children of illegal immigrants but a number of republican lawmakers and president hopefuls are trying to call an end to this. I think these efforts are inhumane because we shouldn't feel threatened or offended people are trying to come into america and be our people this is supposed to be home of the free and more people want that why not let them?

9/18/2017
Murrieta, CA
Marjon
Jabro/ MCA
I dont think denying citizenship to children because their parents are immigrants is constitutional. I think whoever was born in the United States, is automatically a US citizen.

9/13/2017
Murrieta,California
Lillee
Jabro/MCA
I think that if a child is born in America should be considered a U.S. citizen. Why deny them when they were born here obviously their parents wanted them to be born here if they crossed the border for them.

9/10/2017
Murrieta,california
nedra
mr.jabro mca
we should all be equal and be able to go where ever in the world and we should share our success and progress with other people

5/17/2017
Magnolia,Tx
Michelle
Mr.Metzger/Magnolia West high school
I personally think that denying citizenship to children of Illegal Immigrants would not be right to do.There is no difference between someone with born U.S parents and children and illegal immigrants parents coming to the United states just to have birthright citizenship for their children just so they can have a better future.Like what is said in the 14th amendment "All persons born or naturalized in the United states,and subjected to the jurisdiction thereof,are citizens of the United states and of the state wherein they reside" this amendment proves that no matter your parents status , you been born in the United states makes you a citizen.Even illegal immigrants coming to the United states don't always have it easy and most of the time it requires heavy jobs for them to make there way up in making good money unlike there children getting citizenship here they get good Education and many more opportunities there parents didn't have.

3/12/2017
Midlothian, Virginia
Anthony
Zaval/Midlothian Middle School
Birthright citizenship should not be apply to the American-born children of illegal immigrants. In my opinion, our security could be threaten and at risk because illegal immigrants might be harmful and dangerous. When their children grow up, they might not be good citizens. I think of efforts to deny automatic citizenship to these children is appropriate because illegal immigrants' background could not be known well before entering the U.S. Another issue is a conflict between deporting illegal immigrants and raising those children.

3/1/2017
Murrieta, California
Zachary
Mr. Jabro/ MCA
I feel that birth-right is a very outdated idea, and is actually very Un-American in this day in age, seeing as how often it is abused by illegal immigrants. Through their children, they can gain services they may not have been able to attain without them, restricting the use for those who actually need or deserve the service, things such as subsidized health care, or welfare. I feel the efforts to remove birthright, are rightfully founded, as it seems almost unconstitutional for a system as such, to be used in such an abusive way, as it is currently being used.

2/28/2017
Murrieta, California
Josh
Jabro, MCA
I believe that birthright citizen ship should be denied to children of illegal immigrants. Many immigrants desire to reside in the United States and often hide once their Visa expires. Over population is an issue and crime also accumulates because of this.

2/23/2017
murrieta, ca
zoe
Mr.jabro MCA
Birthright citizenship should remain as it is because it would honestly become a huge hassle to change. The change would simply only lead to more undocumented immigrants as people will still pursue a better life of opportunity in America, with or without citizenship and documentation. This will only add to the existing problem of undocumented immigrants residing here. Its not like we can just deport them as that would effect us extremely negatively as a nation. Jobs once occupied by immigrants would suddenly be opened and, with more jobs than workers, stores and entire companies may collapse

2/16/2017
Murrieta/California
Owen
Mr.Jabro/MCA
In my opinion birthright citizenship should not being denied because it is an amendment and we should follow it. If at some point it gets in the way and starts affecting things in a negative way then we should change it but if its not than why remove it. The reason for the amendment was made and created for a different time however if it is not negatively affecting somthing its completely ok.

2/15/2017
Murrieta,CA
Lauryn
mr.jabro/MCA
No birthright citizenship should not be denied to children of immigrants because they were born here just like be and my great great grandfather was an immigrant that doesn't mean i should be denied my rights .

2/13/2017
midlothian, VA
Britney
zaval/midlothian middle school
Our country needs to put an end to illegal immigration! One way of doing that would be ending birthright citizenship for illegal immigrants. Some illegal immigrants move to the U.S. just so their kids can be citizens. If we take that away, the percentage of illegal people trying to come to America will decrease. Some people might argue that we shouldn't change an amendment, but this wasn't a problem in 1868.

2/7/2017
Murrieta, CA
Chandler
Mr. Jabro/MCA
I do not believe birthright citizenship applies to the American-born children of illegal immigrants. Often, illegal immigrants use their American-born child as a way to quicken their own immigration process. This is not fair to the trustworthy people who go through the immigration process the right way. I actually don't mind the first proposed idea on how to handle the situation. At least one of the parents has to be an American Citizen in order for the child to receive birthright citizenship. I think this would be a better way to handle the situation because you would have a lot less immigrants using their children to gain citizenship. However, I agree that the 14th Amendment should be repealed because its not actually even helping American Citizens.

12/5/2016
Murrieta/CA
Julia
Jabro/MCA
I think that denying a child or children born from an illegal immigrant their citizenship is mess up. For example, I was born in the U.S. and it doesn't matter if my parents were legal or not. I'm still a citizen because of the circumstances. There's no difference, once you've been born on United States grounds you will be an American citizen. Many illegal immigrants want the best for their kids and that's why they do what they do. and or for jobs. So, for the government to try and revoke the 14th amendment is ignorant. If they don't like that amendment and gov thinks they can change this one what's to stop them from changing another amendment they don't like.

11/18/2016
Louisiana
Brianna
Coach Pennington/ CHS
I'm sure many people will disagree with me, but I believe that birthright citizenship should NOT apply to the children of illegal immigrants. In my opinion, if their parents are illegal, they should be too. Many illegal immigrants come to America to have their children just so that they are allowed to stay. These children are commonly referred to as "Anchor Babies." In my opinion, I do not care why their parents came to America, I really don't. If they wanted to come here so much, then they should have come here legally. That way would be so much easier, as there would not be anyone against you being here, nor would you have to make fake identification cards to get jobs and the like. Even though the 14th Amendment protects everyone equally, this amendment applies to American citizens. With the end of a recent election, with the choosing of a president set on decreasing the number of illegal immigrants coming into our country, they have a higher chance of being caught and deported as ever, since I don't think Trump cares why you're here. If you're an illegal immigrant, you should not be here, no matter what reason you have for it. This amendment should be looked at once again. And, once these immigrants come here LEGALLY, welcome to America.

11/14/2016
Murrieta/CA
Elizabeth
Mr.Jabro/MCA
I think the 14th Amendment should not change anything. Most of the Immigrants move to the U.S. for so many reasons. One of them can be to go school there and graduate and have a better life. People that have been living in the U.S. with a birthright citizenship should stay in that place, its wrong to take that away from them.

11/10/2016
murrieta ca
Brittany
mca/jabro
I believe that denying a child citizenship if born in the U.S. is wrong. Not only because that it is a violation of the fourteenth amendment, but also on the fact that the U.S. was found and colonized by immigrants so this motion to deny citizenship to children born in this country borders on the fine line of hypocrisy. These are individuals are born in this country and it gives them a right to live here. And for the government to try to change the fourteenth amendment is just saying that we can just change any rule that we like just because that there is something you don't like about the subtext of that rule.

11/4/2016
california
Sonny Martinez
Mr.Jabro MCA
yes only because if it is found out that the parents came here illegally but the child was born here in the United States only the parents would be deported sadly, the child yes deserves to live in this great country but the child should not be taken away from their parents if they are taken away as a us citizen they would be without care from their parents

10/31/2016
Murrieta, CA
Maurice
Mr. Jabro MCA
Even though it would make sense to deny them their citizenship, since their parents were not supposed to be in the U.S, being illegals. The child is allowed to become a citizen since an Amendment says everyone who is born in the U.S is a U.S citizen. We need this since we use the citizenship to regulate who can be in certain political roles. It wouldn't make sense to change the law for certain groups of people just because they have a boarder with us.

10/28/2016
CA
Jonathan
Jabro
The 14th Amendment states that,"State and federal citizenship for all persons regardless of race both born or naturalized in the United States was reaffirmed".Denying their right is like trying to change the 14th Amendment.Everyone who are born in US territory should be given their birthright citizenship regardless of their parents and so they could maintain their "Equal protection under law".

10/27/2016
Murrieta / California
Matthew
Mr.Jabro/ MCA
The fourteenth amendment has created plenty of opportunity for those who were born in the US from illegal citizens. I highly doubt that immigrants enter the US just to have kids and get their ID. I would say that many migrants come to the US when pregnant because they see the American dream and a chance to live a better life than what they had. They see their pregnancy as a wake-up-call to find a better environment for their child to thrive and live a successful life. On top of that, it takes years to be accepted as a legal immigrant. Any effort to try and deny citizenship of these children is un-American.

9/21/2016
Elk Grove, CA
Rendan
Horizon Charter School
The fourteenth amendment did its job. It was used to make it so that slaves having babies would give birth to citizens. This amendment should be removed from the constitution because illegal immigrants are taking advantage of it. They wait until they are almost going to give birth and then they cross the border (which is against the law) and give birth to their baby. This is so wrong on so many levels. I think that babies born should be citizens of the countries that their parents are citizens of.

3/18/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Isabel A.
Hanna/Sburg JHS
I believe that the child of illegal immigrants should be considered a US citizen. First, it is not the child's fault that his or her parent is illegal. In addition, their parents most likely moved to the US to raise their children in a free country. Also the child was born in America, and every other child that was born in America is granted citizenship.

3/17/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Asarel
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
In my opinion, I think birthright citizenship should apply to the American born children of illegal immigrants. The child has no fault in his or her parents being illegal immigrants, therefore any child born in the United States should be considered a citizen. Also the child was born in American land and should have the same rights to any other person born in the U.S. The 14th amendment states that anyone born in the United States is a citizen regardless of anything else. Also that would mean less illegal immigrants and more American citizens for the better future of America!

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Willie
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think that children that were born in American but by illegal immigrants should be considered citizens. First of all, they were born and are probably going to be raised in America. Also it is not the child's fault that their parents were illegal citizens. I think this would help the immigration problem. If they are not considered citizens then they would be considered illegal immigrants as well. This would cause a higher number of illegal immigrants.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Havanah
Mr. Hannah/stroudsburg
I believe that every child born in America should be considered a US citizen. Then if the baby is denied they are going through so much trouble might as well accept them. I also think that they should make the parents legal to because they just can't leave their child here. Most likely Donlad Trump would not agree but I think it's fair because they went through all the trouble.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Eryk D
Mr. Hanna
Birthright citizenship does apply to American-born children of illegal immigrants . In my opinion, I feel this is right because even if the parents aren't citizens, doesn't mean the child shouldn't be either. If born in the U.S., I feel the children should have the same rights as all children born in the U.S.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Gigi S.
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
According to the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, if you are born in the United States, you are a citizen no matter what. This was put in place to guarantee citizenship to freed slaves and their descendants. This was before there was a problem with illegal immigrants, but it is a part of our Constitution, so it does apply. I think that the right way to approach this would be to change this law at a federal level. This would mean that to be counted as an American citizen, the immigrant child would have to have at least one American citizen, legal permanent resident of the United States, or an immigrant serving in our military as a parent. This would allow them to be United States citizens at birth.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Angelina Truong
Mr. Hanna SJHS
In my opinion I think birth right does apply to AMERICAN BORN children of illegal immigrants. It apples to them because even though the parents are illegal immigrants, they gave birth to a child in America, if you would deny them birthright they would have to pack up all their stuff and move back to where they came from, so you could just make the illegal parents legal and let them and their kids live in the United States without a problem of being illegal. The efforts to deny these children automatic citizenship is terrible because yea, they are illegal but they've lived here for who knows how long, and now you're sending them back, they haven't done anything for all those years so they won't do anything now especially if they have a kid living with them.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg/Pennsylvania
Madison
Me. Hanna/Stroudsburg PA
I believe that EVERY child born in the United States, no matter who their parents are or where they came from, deserve to have birthright citizenship. I think that because people come here for freedom. That includes their child/children to be treated the same as kids that have parents that are from the United States, or legal citizens. Like what is said in the 14th amendment, "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." That amendment right there proves that everyone born in the United States become citizens, no matter who their parents are, where they came from, or if they are legal or illegal immagrants.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Hannah S
Stroudsburg JHS/ Mr.Hanna
Yes, children of illegal immigrants should be given their birthright citizenship. This is because if they were born in America, it is their right to be a citizen, reguardless of their parents' status. If they are adults and not living with their parents, it is completely wrong for them to be deported when they are living on their own as adults because they grew up in America and it is all they have ever known. Their parents came to America for a better life for themselves and their children so they should be allowed to have that better life. It is written in the constitution that all American born children get citizenship so it shouldn't change just because the parents happen to be "illegal".

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Anthony K
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
If someone is born into the United States they should be granted citizenship. Especially if there parents were willing to risk crossing the border for a better life and more opportunities. All U.S. born children should be given citizenship no matter if there parents happen to be "illegal" or "legal".

2/4/2016
Las Vegas, NV
N.V
NWCTA
If you are born in the united states you should be granted U.S. citizenship. Also the parents if they want to come to America to look for better opportunities and better chances, why should we deny them?Shouldn't we share our success and progress with other humans? Regardless if their "illegal" or "legal".

12/11/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
Jordyn P1
Wong/Lorbeer
With the 14th amendment in hand i believe that the children of immigrants should be allowed a citizenship in the US. I think this because our history was formed to make everyone equal and not make mistakes in the past. Our country has always been open to people migrating. In the past no one was born in the US except for Native Americans and even then we still allowed people,who immigrated, to become citizens, why should it change now? It also wasn't their fault their parents were illegal immigrants why should they have to suffer?

12/8/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
JolieP1
Wong/Lorbeer
The 14th amendment of the Constitution states that “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.” This means that anyone born in the United States is automatically a citizen. However, I do not believe in this amendment. It is unfair for the families who have taken the time to come to America legally. If the parents go through the proper channels to become a citizen of the US than I think their children should be an automatic citizen.

12/7/2015
pomona/california
marissaP4
Wong/lorbeer
I think birthright citizenship shouldn't be denied to children of illegal immigrants. what If the child of an illegal immigrant was born in the united states the are naturally be a us citizen no matter what. So the child being denied is just wrong.

12/3/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
JoshP5`
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that birthright citizenship shouldn't be denied to children of illegal immigrants. Just because their parents might have to be taken back to their homeland, it doesn't mean that the child should to. Why? It's because America will be a better place to live because the child will have access to an education, have rights, etc. If birthright citizenship is denied to these kind of children, they are basically being robbed of a chance to have a good life. Besides, illegal immigrants came to America for a job, to feed their family. Coming back to the topic of the illegal immigrants being sent back to their homeland, the family would be separated and the parents of the child wouldn't be able to be together. Even though some may argue that illegal immigrants come to the US to give birth to a child so they too could become citizens, there is also the fact that the law requires the children of the immigrants to wait until they are 21 to help make their parents legal residents. Therefore I believe that birthright citizenship shouldn’t be denied to children of illegal immigrants.

11/29/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
Nathan
Wong/Lorbeer Middle School
I believe birthright citizenship should be guaranteed to all illegal immigrants' children. Immigrants come from all over the world to America to have a better life and get away from whatever drove them out of their original country. 71% of illegal immigrants have working jobs and work to a certain extent to provide for themselves and their family. Even though some politicians say illegal immigrants bring with them crime, poverty, and violence through a loophole in the 14th amendment most of them use it for the greater good for their family . Why deny them jobs so they can dig themselves out of the financial debt they buried themselves in. In short, America should welcome immigrants with open arms since they are beneficial then damaging to the "American" way of life.

11/5/2015
CA
Amber
Jabro/creekside
I believe that if s child is born here, they should have a citizenship. Period. Heck, even if you're illegal you should have citizenship, If they want to come to America to look for better opportunities and better chances, why should we deny them? What just because they're not from the land of the "Great"? If we're so darn great shouldn't we share that? Shouldn't we share our success and progress with other humans? Regardless if their "illegal" or "legal". I say if you want to come to the United States, you should be free to come. Period.

10/30/2015
Murrieta CA
Haylie
Mr Jabro
i think that children of illegal immigrants should be considered american citizens. Immigrants that come over illegally do it to have their children over here so they can stay over here with their kids. Their children are born here so they have the same rights

10/19/2015
murriera ca
Robert
Mr.Jabro/ Creekside
I really do not like that children born in the u.s for citizenship is allowed. It seems that the only people who have a problem with this becoming illegal are illegal immigrants who really have no say so in issues of the country they don't formally belong to.The other thing about it to is Mexican culture doesn't believe in birth control and end up having more kids than they can possibly manage, so we spend more government spending on welfare. The illegals don't even use our banking systems and send money most of the time back home or keep it in cash form and very little gets put back through our system, making our money worth less and less because they don't want to be found out that they are illegal. It's honestly kind of harsh, but in reality it has to be done because it take away from resources that we as American taxpayers and citizens worked for. I'm all for immigrants coming into the country legally, but when you cheat the system to favor yourself and screw the next man out of what he deserves, that's wrong so do it the right way and enjoy your rights to be a citizen just like every other person in the country has. Honestly it's not a racist idea as much as people make it out to seem, I am thinking about my future family and country and soon when I ship out for the army, I want to know i'm fighting for a country full of Americans, not full of illegal immigrants.

10/6/2015
Murrieta/CA
Casey H.
Mr. Jabro
I agree with if you were born on American soil, You're an American citizen, But if your parents come illegally from Mexico or any where else then America and just have you so they can live here, NO, that isn't cool. Illegals are becoming a problem because of this. Now the parents, Illegals, have to depend on their American citizen child on money, food, and supplies because they're illegals and will be deported back. I think this rule also should only come into play IF the parents came into America Legally, with papers and everything. I know it's easier to come illegal, but in the long run, coming here legal will benifit you.

10/6/2015
Murrieta, CA
Alize
Jabro - Creekside
No, birthright citizenship should not be denied to children of illegal immigrants. If a child whose family is currently residing in the United States on visas or for some reason were able to make it over here safely, they should be able to have citizen since they are born in America. Their parents unfortunate situation should be a reflection on the innocent child who deserves every opportunity that any and every other child born in America shall recieve.

10/1/2015
Irving/Texas
Erica
Bradley/Nimitz
The Fourteenth Amendment was aimed at to protect the rights of freedmen. In 1866, Senator Jacob Howard wrote, "Every person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction, is by virtue of natural law and national law a citizen of the United States. This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers..." to spell out the intent of the Fourteenth Amendment. Howard wrote American-born children of illegal immigrants should not be granted citizenship. Though he, and many others argue, that foreigner children born in the States shouldn't be extended citizenship (and prove it with text), they cannot deny why people yearn and sacrifice to be a part of this country. The freedoms and opportunities offered in the US are what convince people to risk themselves. I believe it to be unfair to deny these children. If all men are born equal, why must they be denied?

9/29/2015
Irving,Tx
Maria
Etheridge/Nimitz
Birthright citizenship has always been a big part about what makes America what it is today. The 14th Amendment was made, though, not aimed towards illegal immigrants but the recently freed slaves. The amendment was made long ago and things change. I see how it gives others a chance at a better life, but rules are rules. Being illegal is not ok. There is a right and a wrong way to do things. Rules/laws are made for safety and order. If a person goes to the U.S. illegally their child should not be able to automatically be a citizen. Making a child of an illegal immigrant a citizen is cheating the system and disrupting the order.

9/28/2015
Irving/Nimitz
Kendyl
Etheridge/Nimitz
I believe that the birthright citizenship does have something to do with American-born children of Illegal parents. People shouldn't have the audacity to come to the U.S, and produce children just to qualify them as being U.S. Citizen. It is entirely wrong, and they are taking advantage of the laws that were made decades ago.

9/24/2015
Rudyard, MT
Graysen
Mrs. Campbell/North Star High School
I personally believe that birthright citizenship does not apply to the American-born children of illegal immigrants. The 14th Amendment was created in a time of slavery and there was no such thing as an illegal immigrant. I think it is wrong that immigrants are coming illegally in the first place. For them to come here against the law and then reproduce and demand that their children be U.S. citizens is not correct.

9/23/2015
Murrieta, CA
Maria
Jabro/ Creekside Highschool
Birthright citizenship does very much apply to American-born children of illegal immigrants because its their birthright and it is protected by the 14th amendment. I think denying these children of citizenship is wrong because you are technically denying these children of a better and brighter future. Denying these children of there birthright american citizenship is telling them that they shouldn't even think about striving for the "American Dream" that is ought to be for everyone wanting a better life.

9/21/2015
Murrieta Ca
Ali
Jabro Creekside
I believe that it is not right for children of illegal immigrants to have rights if theyre born here. it doesnt change the fact that their parents came here illegally. the 14th amendment was meant for freed slaves, not cheating the system.

9/18/2015
tx
jerry
Mrs Thornton can high school
I think that if you are born and raised in the US it is your home the United states of America was built by immigrants of all races and colors

9/17/2015
Beeville Tx
Erick
Ms. Thornton A.C Jones High School
I think that if a person is born in the United States they should be considered a citizen. I dont understand why anyone would want to deny citizenship to a child that doesn't know about whats going on in the world.

9/14/2015
Murrieta, Ca
Jakob
Mr. Jabro Creekside high school
I think that i wrong and should not be guaranteed U.S Citizenship because one their parent came here illegally and their mother came here while she was pregnant with a child the child is considered a unborn child ate 9 weeks so in turn that should make them an illegal U.S Citizen.

9/12/2015
murrieta ca
cynthia pinegar
amr.jabro creekside high school
Bright right citizenship should not be denied to children of ilegal immigrants because all people should be created equal and people fought for being equal and you should be able to go to where ever you were born

9/10/2015
Irving/TX
Scarlett
Etheridge/Nimitz
Birthright citizenship is a fundamental part of what is supposed to make America great. We are taught from the crib that America is the "Great Mixing Pot", and that is because of our vast acceptance of immigrants. We claim to be a place of friendship and equality, but then we turn around and tell refugees and immigrants that they are not equal enough, and often send them back into environments that are dangerous and unlivable. If you revoke birthright citizenship, it should be for everyone not indigenous to America, because if you make the laws, you should have to follow them too.

9/9/2015
Sidney, MT
LaTasha
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I don’t think that birthright citizenship should apply to children of illegal immigrants. Children of illegal immigrants are deemed legal everyday just because they are born on American soil. That is not what the Fourteenth Amendment was made to do. According to the article, the Fourteenth Amendment was made during the time of the civil war to make certain that slaves and their families were considered citizens. Times have changed since then, and now granting citizenship to children of illegal immigrants is not doing what the amendment was made to do way back when. As Aubrey Kessel said in her article, the parents of these children should go the legal route to become citizens like other immigrants are doing. It isn’t fair that some are gaining citizenship legally and going through the proper process, which takes lots of time and money, while others are cheating the system and getting in at low cost to have their children become citizens. The parents, even though they are illegal, are also cashing in from the benefits of the country. They qualify for some benefits, such as emergency healthcare, when we could be using this healthcare for actual citizens. I think birthright citizenship encourages more illegal people from all over to try and sneak into our country. I believe the Fourteenth Amendment should be revoked, or updated, to include stipulations that will keep this problem under control.

9/9/2015
Sidney/MT
Tenna Cooley
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
Lately the controversy toward birthright citizenship has become an issue. The 14th Amendment says that all people born in the United States are citizens of the United States. But as the article says this amendment was put into place during the Civil War to guarantee citizenship to freed slaves and their decedents. Now people are interpreting this amendment to give citizenship to illegal immigrants if their child was born here. People who are opposed to children of illegal immigrants being granted citizenship say that it is an easy way for the parents to be given citizenship because their child was born in the United States. People who are for the idea say that denying these children citizenship is in direct violation to the 14th Amendment as one blogger from Irving, Texas stated. I think that parents who want citizenship in the United States for themselves and their children should just go the legal route and take the citizenship test.

9/9/2015
Sidney, MT
Aubrey
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
The term “anchor babies” has caused a controversy lately and has sparked conversation about birthright citizenship. Birthright citizenship was created with the 14th amendment after the Civil War to guarantee citizenship to freed slaves. Today, this amendment mostly applies to immigrants, undocumented as well as documented. Supporters of birthright citizenship argue that it has been an important part of American history and that there isn’t enough reason to repeal this amendment. Those against birthright citizenship say that the amendment was never intended to cater to immigrants and that they are using their children as a way to gain easy citizenship. I believe that birthright citizenship should be denied to children of illegal immigrants because people should become citizens the legal way. I believe that the first option given in the article, “Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009,” would be a good solution to this problem. It still gives the option for an illegal immigrant to have a child be given birthright citizenship in the U.S. I agree with Paige in Mr. Pomietlo’s class. She said that the 14th Amendment was never meant to apply to immigrants, which is wasn’t. The issue of illegal immigration will not be solved by denying this right, but it is a place to start.

9/9/2015
Sidney, MT
Shanan Zueger
Mr. Faulhaber
Birthright citizenship has been debated for years but is regaining its publicity with the upcoming presidential elections. When a child is born in the United States, it is automatically granted citizenship under the 14th amendment. There are many viewpoints and arguments to this “issue” as to how we could regulate it. Personally, I see very little problems associated with granting birthright citizenship but I do see issues tied to it, such as the deportation of the child’s parents resulting in the child having to live on government funding until the age of 18. It seems as if many Republican politicians do not look at the reasoning behind having a child born in the United States; these people are searching for ways to improve their lives and the lives of their children. People come from South America, Central America and Mexico to have children here so that they can escape the lives they had in those areas. They could be running away from gang violence, drug violence and they need a fast way to get away from all of those issues and gaining citizenship legally takes too much time and money. Another thing Republican candidates are not taking into consideration is that these “anchor babies” can only petition for their parents’ citizenship when they turn 21 years of age.

9/9/2015
Sidney
Lindsey
Mr. Faulhber/SHS
The subject of birth right citizenship is a huge controversy today. Pertaining to the 14th amendment, the right to citizenship for anyone born in the United States, regardless of their parents’ status, republicans will argue that illegal immigrants are not subject to United States jurisdiction, so their children should not have the ability to obtain citizenship (Quattlebaum). The 14th amendment was created to grant citizenship to freed slave and their children after the civil. In my opinion, today people are manipulating it and using it to their advantage. One of the arguments in the article is that, illegal immigrants give birth to their child as a way of gaining quack access to citizenship for themselves. Andrew from Chippewa Falls makes a good point, why grant citizenship to someone who came illegally? (Andrew)To me, people should gain their citizenship the right way, legally, instead of expecting to get something they haven’t worked towards. On the other hand, changing or creating regulations, of the 14th amendment could be an option also. “The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009” purposed that in order to obtain citizenship, at least one parent must be registered resident or have served, as an undocumented immigrant, in the military.

9/8/2015
Chippewa falls WI
Li'l Amigo
Pomietlo/CFHS
I think birthright citizenship applies to American-born children of illegal immigrants. The 14th amendment was created to guarantee freed African American Slaves citizenship, but has also in current times been applied to the children of illegal immigrants. I think efforts to deny such children automatic citizenship makes no sense.

9/8/2015
Sidney/Montana
Sarah
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The subject of birthright citizenship, or “anchor babies,” has become a hot topic lately. The issue is the interpretation of the 14th Amendment, and whether it applies to children of illegal immigrants. The 14th Amendment was made so that all former slaves became citizens of America. Clearly, this is not the case today, as illegal immigrants have their children in America to acquire citizenship and a better future for their children. Some believe that modifying birthright citizenship requirements will stop illegal immigration. I believe that birthright citizenship should not be continued for illegal immigrants. Immigration through legal routes is how people should gain citizenship. The first option in this article, “Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009,” would require at least one parent to be a citizen, a legal permanent resident, or serving in the military. This would work well, because citizenship would be granted to legal immigrants and their children.

9/8/2015
Murrieta/CA
Kayla
Jabro/Creekside
This is a tricky question and something not EVERYONE will ever agree on. The children of immigrants deserve birthrights. Although the parents are not legal, the child was born on American land, in an American hospital. Everyone born in this country deserves to live a life that we offer.

9/8/2015
Chippewa Falls Wisconsin
Cameron
Mr. Pomietlo-Chippewa Falls High School
This issue is complicated and deeply embedded in The American Immigration problem. If we were to reform immigration It would take a lot more than just taking away the constitutional rights of immigrant born babies. Having baby in America as a illegal immigrant is unavoidable because we're humans and we reproduce. I think that birthright citizenship is not to much of a good thing in this instance, because this child born of parents that are deported is now going to be raised by government funding. I think that this problem shouldn't be addressed by taking away their Constitutional rights but by addressing the situation of immigration. The government could reform our immigration policies to be more progressive. This country, every since its founding has served as a beckon of hope for people who are in search of a better life, and to just switch our stance on it is absurd. The deportation of Mexican, Central, and Southern American people is deeply immoral. These people are running from a Drug War torn country which has barely any employment to sufficiently raise a family. America is a country of immigrants for immigrants. To recap the rambling, I am in favor of a more progressive plan for reforming immigration. Taking away the citizenship of babies is not going fix the situation.

9/8/2015
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Paige
Mr. Pomietlo
I think birthright citizenship should not be granted to American-born children of illegal immigrants because that wasn't the purpose of the 14th Amendment. The purpose of the 14th Amendment was to guarantee citizenship to freed slaves and their children after the Civil War, and illegal immigrants have found a way to abuse it. I think it's only fair for an American-born baby to be granted citizenship if one of his parents is a citizen because this way, we would't be forced to either deport his illegal parents or allow the illegals to stay in order to care for their American-born baby. I think this would make the immigration issue less complicated and a bit more controllable.

9/7/2015
Chippewa Falls Wisconsin
Maya
Tom Pomietlo
Truly I don't know what is fair, the law is always gonna have a loop hole like in the 14th amendment with the birthright law. If we don't let children who's parents are illegal become citizens then that's that but what about the children with dual citizenship? But were never born in this country only one parent is in term "illegal" what about them? That is what I am asking. What about them.

9/7/2015
West Chicago, Illinois
Matt
Leman Middle School
I believe children should not bear the "sins" of their parents. A child has no more choice in where it is born than it does who its parents are. Ending "birthright citizenship" is inherently un-american. Americans born to immigratn parents (legal or not) is in its very essence what it means to be given the American dream. If we end this right, we should also tear down the Statue of Liberty, since its "beacon of freedom" would hence be a misnomer. Ending this right, by the way, would also mean candidate Ted Cruz would need to back out of the race, since he was born in Calgary, Canada and his father was a Canadian.

9/7/2015
Chippewa Falls./ Wi
Andrew
Tom Pomietlo/ Chippewa Falls
I think that birthright citizenship should be denied to children of illegal immigrants because the fact that there parents came to the country illegally.I think America should improve security around the borders and the people who did should be deported.

9/5/2015
Chippewa Falls, Wi
Hannah
Pomietlo/Chi-HI
Children of illegal immigrants should be granted birth right citizenship but, before the child is born, the child's parents should have to take a citizenship test FOR FREE. And, like the Class of 2017 (at least in Wisconsin under Act 55), the child should have to take a citizenship test to graduate high school. Birth right citizenship is a constitutional right.

9/3/2015
Sidney MT
lucas
Brad Faulhaber
Children of illegal immigrants should not be granted birth right Citizenship because if their parents are illegal then the children are just as illegal as they are. Their parents don't have to pay taxes like the rest of us and by not being a citizen of the United States they have someone of an advantage over us citizens and its not fair to us.

9/3/2015
Sidney MT
lucas
Brad Faulhaber
I believe that birthright citizenship should be denied to those children with illegal parents in the U.S. To me the children of illegal immigrants are just as illegal as their parents are so its not fair for them to be considered a citizen of the United States.

9/2/2015
Irving/Texas
Gabriela
Bradley/Nimitz
Birthright Citizenship is a constitutional right, specifically, it’s the 14th Amendment. American-born children deserve to have the citizenship and not have it taken away even though their parents are immigrants. Wanting to take birthright citizenship away from those born in the United States, it’s easier said than done. My reason for that is because most people in the United States are immigrants.. People can not be citizens one day and be illegal the next days, it’s practically impossible. Yes, the child can help make their parents a permanent resident but that's not until the child turns 21, having their parents contribute to this country one way or another, and having the child grow up and be apart of the economy.

9/2/2015
Sidney/ Montana
Luke Beenken
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I absolutely do not like the idea of having a child who's parents were both undocumented immigrants be given birthright citizenship. I am opposed to the idea of two people illegally entering the country to have a child that will be granted automatic citizenship. This is not because I am a racist or anything like that, but I believe that the parents should at least be a documented, permanent resident of the United States. I think it is great that we have a country that attracts people from other countries to bring their unborn child to America in pursuit of a better life. All I want are these children and families to come over and become a legal resident.

9/2/2015
Sidney
Clay Carpenter
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe birthright citizenship should be denied to children of illegal immigrants. The parents of these children are not citizens themselves, so granting their children citizenship is promoting having in the United States to secure citizenship. Also, the parents are not legal citizens, and therefore are not subject to U.S. jurisdiction, which should extend to their children. The children should not be allowed to legally stay in a country that they were born illegally into.

9/2/2015
Sidney, Montana
Matt Folstad
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think we should change it to that a child of 2 citizens would be given the birthright of citizenship. Yes, some do grow up to be law abiding citizens but most illegal immigrants do not have insurance so we are paying for them to not have insurance anyway. We should send all illegals back to their home country, change this law, then beef up our borders some more.

9/2/2015
Sidney, MT
Jarod
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney High School
I think this is a tough question to answer, but i would have to say that yes we should give them citizenship, BUT, after a certain period of time the illegal parent(s) should be required to pass the citizenship test instead of taking advantage of America. I understand that some parts of Mexico are so terrible that these parents want to come to America illegally so that they can have a better life for their child, knowing there is a lesser chance that they will get deported, and also make a better life for themselves. So if they come over here illegally, they should do the right thing and also become an American citizen.

9/2/2015
Sidney, MT
Kelsie Hall
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney High School
i don't think that we should deny people born from illegal immigrants citizenship in the U.S. Some of them are trying to get away from the harsh environment that surrounds them in their own countries. I don't think it's right for them to come over to have an anchor baby just they won't be deported, but I think it's okay and that they are just trying to create a better place for their families.

9/2/2015
Sidney Montana
Mason Thiel
Mr. Faulhaber
Birthright citizenship should not apply to the children of illegal immigrants. I don't have a problem with them immigrating over the border legally, but when they immigrate illegally they are already breaking American law. If the first thing they do when they step into our country is break a law, then there is a high chance that their children could follow in their parents footsteps and break other laws.

9/2/2015
Sidney, MT
Kaitlyn Tibbits
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
Citizenship is given to those born in America through the 14th Amendment. It is also awarded to those who pass the citizenship test. There are also those illegal immigrants who come to America to give birth to their child so their child can be awarded citizenship and the parents can stay. This should not be allowed because the parents are not citizens. If, however, the parents passed the test then gave birth to their child, it should be allowed.

9/2/2015
Sidney, MT
Clay Fox
Mr. Faulhaber
Birthright citizenship is a complicated issue. To truly have access to that privilege I feel that certain guidelines must be followed. For example: Illegal immigrants may have a child on U.S. soil only because it is a human life at stake. However, neither the child nor the parents of said child may be granted citizenship because they were born here. To be fully consider legal every aspect of your being in the U.S.A. must have been approved by due process of law. I feel that being here illegally exempts you from the 14th amendment. Also the government should have been more clear on the subject.

9/2/2015
SidneyMt
Lane
Faulhaber,brad/sidney mt
No I do not think this should be allowed. We have to many Mexicans in our country they way it is. Yes there are a lot of good Mexicans but yet there are a lot of bad ones. The amount of drugs would go down a lot if there weren't Mexicans bringing it in. And I believe that the number of people on social security would go down because they wouldn't be on drugs and maybe they could get or hold a job since they can pass a piss test.

9/2/2015
Sidney, Montana
Cayden Hecker
Mr.Faulhaber
I believe that birthright citizenship is a bad idea. The idea that an illegal immigrant can come to the united states and give birth to an instant citizen will encourage more immigrants to cross the boarder illegally. Once an illegal immigrant has had a baby in the United States that illegal has a lower chance of getting deported. Another downside to birth right citizenship is that it encourages more pregnant women to try and sneak across the boarder which is not safe for the mother or the baby. So birthright citizenship can cause more harm than good and therefore is a terrible idea.

9/2/2015
Sidney, Montana
Tel Hermanson
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that the idea of birthright citizenship being given to kids of illegal immigrants is unsound. People state that the 14th Amendment means that anyone born in the United States should automatically be given citizenship whether or not their parents are here illegally or not. The article also states that the reason the 14th Amendment was passed was to guarentee that slaves and their descendants could not be denied citizenship. To use the 14th Amendment now for this day and age is completely oudated. People are taking advantage of the American system in order to stay in America. If these people come here illegally they are not really citizens of the United States so then why should they be protected by our laws. There are many different ways people can come over to america legally so I feel that instead of taking advantage of the system they should go through the due process of becoming a citizen.

9/2/2015
Sidney, Montana
Brady Gorder
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney High School
I do believe we should allow birthright citizenship to illegal immigrants. But a lot of illegal immigrants are coming to the U.S. pregnant and are using the kids they have here to try to stay. I don't think that is right and we shouldn't try to seperate the kid or kids from the parents. I think we should allow a month to the illegal immigrants to be able to study for the citizenship test and require them to take it after that month is up. If they chose not to take it or fail than ship them and their child/children back do not seperate the kids from the parents.

9/2/2015
Sidney, Montana
Chris Wick
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney Public Schools
Should birthright citizenship be denied to children of illegal immigrants? I think we should give the children citizenship but I feel like if the immigrants were any real parents they would take responsiblity and become a citizen the right away instead of taking advantage of America. I know it is not the kids fault and the parents just want the best for their kin but having anchor babies are not the answer. So yes I think we should grant citizenship for the childs sake.

9/1/2015
Irving/TX
Noe
Etheridge/Nimitz
All American-born children, even a child of an immigrant, should be granted birthright citizenship. I believe it is wrong to deny anyone of their birthright. The 14th Amendment of the Constitution 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 person(s) born in America by immagrants are granted, by the Constitution, the right to being an American citizen. I believe it's unfair for a child born in America to be dismissed of having U.S. citizenship due to their immigrant parents. This decision will devestate the American raised adults and children birthed by immigrant parents for simply striving for "The Amerocan Dream." Denying anyone of this right is considered unconstitutional.

9/1/2015
Aurora, OH
Allie Martin
Mr. Frankmann/ Harmon Middle School
I do agree that in certain cases, babies born in this country should be citizens however, there are many illegal immigrants that come to this country every year for the sole purpose of giving birth so that their babies will be U.S citizens. The founding fathers did not create the 14th amendment for this purpose, there is a process to obtain citizenship and that should not be violated.

9/1/2015
Aurora, Ohio
Caroline
Mr. Frankmann/ Harmon Middle School
I don't think children with illegal immigrants as parents should have birthright citizenship in the United States. I feel this because these children will have parents who aren't Americans. If one parent's a citizen and the other's not, I could see letting the child having birthright citizenship, but not with both parents being illegal immigrants. People will disagree with me saying this because supposedly the United States is supposed to help people, but first we have to help ourselves. Having illegal immigrants roaming around is a small issue compared to the war with ISIS. If we just made it so children born from illegal immigrants were also illegal immigrants we wouldn't have as many people trying to get to the United States to make their child a U.S. citizen. If there was no benefit to having your child in the U.S. if you were an illegal immigrant then you wouldn't come right? Thus, the illegal immigrants out there wouldn't come to the U.S. which would let us deal with bigger problems on our hands.

9/1/2015
Aurora, Ohio
Dottie
Frankmann/ Harmon Middle School
I think birthright citizenship does apply to American-born children of illegal immigrants. Immigrants illegally cross the border for a reason; to make money and help support their family because where they came from might not pay them the best of money. Crossing the border legally could take up to years to be accepted. There is a very long waiting list and they might not even get accepted. Things happen, the child could have accidentally happened and they could not afford to go back home. The children are being born on American property and being raised here. Efforts to deny citizenship could go either way. Families might have to be sent home or it could go somewhat well. Overall, I think if a child is born in America, they should be considered a citizen.

9/1/2015
Sidney
Brianna Reid
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that as the law states, every child should be given birthright citizenship, but at the same time I also feel that the parent should be held accountable for the fact that they are illegal immigrants. I feel that the parents should be required to take a citizenship test and if they can't pass it then neither the child nor the parent would receive the citizenship. The parents are then being held accountable and the child, in what would hopefully be most cases. would still be receiving the birthright citizenship. Also, by making the parents take a citizenship test it could decrease the number of illegal aliens wanting to come have their children here to be "anchor babies"

9/1/2015
Sidney, Montana
Austin Watterson
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe that birthright citizenship should apply to American-born children of illegal immigrants. I say this first off because they were born here so they should be granted American citizenship. It says right in the 14th Amendment that "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." I don't believe it is fair for a child to be dismissed from having U.S. citizenship just because their parent or parents are illegal immigrants. It is not the child's fault but the parent's fault for not becoming legal. So yes, I do believe birthright citizenship should apply to American-born children of illegal immigrants.

9/1/2015
Irving,Texas
NIcholas
Mrs. Bradley
I believe that denying a child citizenship if born in the U.S. is wrong. Not only because that it is a violation of the fourteenth amendment, but also on the fact that the U.S. was found and colonized by immigrants so this motion to deny citizenship to children born in this country borders on the fine line of hypocrisy. These are individuals are born in this country and it gives them a right to live here. And for the government to try to change the fourteenth amendment is just saying that we can just change any rule that we like just because that there is something you don't like about the subtext of that rule.

9/1/2015
Murrieta/California
Daniel
Mr.Jabro
The Fourteenth Amendment clearly 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. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.", and to attempt to alter or disregard this for the children of illegal immigrants who have no say from where they are from is a completely imhumane and selfish violation of the constitiution. When the Republicans argue against birthright citizenship they seem to forget the Native Americans who originally inhabited this country before any of us, but continue to hypocritically pursue these children who were born without any control of their location. Instead of purusing them, we should be treating them like the human beings they are, and grant them all the benefits of the law for all citizens of all races.

9/1/2015
Irving/Texas
Daisy
Bradley/Nimitz
The problem with denying birthright citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants now is that up until now, this has never been denied. Choosing to do so at this time would mean the government would have to make a clear stand on the issue while advocating a clear and concrete plan that is fair in every aspect of its meaning and purpose. To revoke the citizenship from those whom have already obtained it would seem nothing less than a hypocrisy from our part, for us ourselves were once immigrants to this land. Punishment by the new requirements will provoke a much more sensational and reasonable protest from those who chose to stand against these new requirements. The issue goes beyond the label of "illegal immigrants," it has become a decision that represents the value, we as a nation, have given to the lives of those whom we do not consider of "our kind." Coming to the United States has become more than a dream to many, it has become a desire, a motivation and in most cases, a necessity. Illegal immigrants do not leave their land simply to invade the land of others. I've known my fair share of illegal immigrants and their stories are fascinating, their sacrifices are tremendous and the love in their hearts is unconditional, it's astonishing but more importantly, the love is real. it's a shame this issue has come so far, but if something must be done, it must be done correctly. We must assure we are taking into consideration the lives of the individuals as well as their motives. In finalizing our decision we must remember that we all come and go from this earth and that no life is worth more than another, how we chose to perceive each other now is only a representation of where humanity stands as a whole.

9/1/2015
Irving TX
Denia
Etheridge Nimitz
No. Though it may seem like a quick "fix", any decision made in regards of the wellbeing of human beings should be made to be as quick and easy as pulling off a bandaid. This decision will undoubtedly ruin the established lived of American raised adults and children for simply doing what our founding fathers tried doing as well: breaking off to find a better life. The only good thing out of this is that the topic is being talked about

9/1/2015
Irving/tx
Kayla
Etheridge/nimitz
No because if they are born in america then they should be considered americans. It's in the 14th amendment and you can't go against that. It would be a lot of trouble to change. It wouldnt be worth it in the end.

9/1/2015
irving/tx
Luz
Bradley/Nimitz high school
The two citizenship benefits that have drawn the most attention in the birthright citizenship debate are, first, food assistance and other welfare benefits to which a family of illegal aliens would not otherwise have access, and second, the ability of the child when he grows up to legalize his parents, and also to bring into the United States his foreign-born spouse and any foreign-born siblings. Denying citizenship to these children would have tremendous problems among society all over America. It seems easy to say they are going to change the 14th amendment and send immigrants to their original countries, but if you think about it its not easy at all. There process of doing this will take a lot of time and money. The 14th amendment should stay the way it is and instead of wasting time trying to do something that would not benefit us we should try to solve other Real problems.

8/31/2015
Aurora, Ohio
Sarah
Mr. Frankmann/ Harmon Middle School
I believe that children born in the United States should be considered American citizens, regardless of the citizenship status of their parents. They will be individuals that live and eventually work in our country. They will be subject to all the rules, liberties, and penalties that apply to any other citizen. They will be required to owe allegiance to the United States. Changing the present 14th Amendment could effect millions of children that have already been born here to illegal immigrants. However, the clause regarding denial of citizenship to children born to hostile invading forces while in our country, may have valid application.

8/31/2015
Irving/TX
Miryam
Etheridge/Nimitz
Sure the 14th amendment does not apply to modern times but the matter at hand is dealing with the children of targeted people. People who have earned an economic and social place in this diverse society. It is unjust to generalize that all illegal immigrants come to this country to give birth to a child in order to gain an easy pathway to citizenship. These children have much to contribute to this country, their birthright citizenship wasn't denied before why should it be denied now? Because their parents are being persecuted and subjugated? Since when is it okay to to infringe on the future of America based on the status of their parents. To take the birthright citizenship is to alienate the massive population of immigrants and to alienate immigrants is to encourage the lack of unity and fragmentation that has once before separated this country. Overall we are all humans who deserve to be respected and humans whose rights deserve to be preserved.

8/31/2015
Aurora, Ohio
Allie
Girman
I think people born the United States should be considered American citizens. But to the people abusing the brightright citizenship need to realize the conflict it is bringing to America.

8/31/2015
Irving/Texas
Cesar
Etheridge/Nimitz
In my opinion denying a child of a immigrant their birthright citizenship is just plain wrong. Why deny someone the right of a better life because a racist presumptions,that they are just here to cause problems.Many immigrants come here to get a better job and give their kids a better life and now republican lawmakers want to deny the children their basic right that is guaranteed by the 14th amendment just to keep a white majority in a country that comes from immigrants that believed in the american dream something they are trying to pry from the next generation and its just wrong.If this is passed it kills the great american dream and the presumption that we live in a land of opportunities

8/31/2015
Aurora/Ohio
Sara
Frankmann/Harmon
Personally, I believe that children born in America should be considered American citizens. Many children who would have their citizenship revoked if this issue was acted on have grown up here, just like the rest of us. Their family probably leads an ordinary life. Think about all of the people who have changed our country for the better, who may have parents who are illegal immigrants! They live the same way wedo, and they shouldn't have their citzenship taken away just because of their history. Now, we should be focousing on the present, not on a particular person's origins. However, as Ally said, there are exceptions that may be made, possibly in the instance that a child was concieved in another country and then its mother illegally immigrated to America. There are many differnt perspectives on this subject!

8/31/2015
Irving/Texas
Alec
Etheridge/Nimitz
I think that the 14th amendment was created for a profound purpose, and that purpose is one that provides not only hope, but also a opportunity for a better life that may affect an entire family, such as uplifting a financial tension in a family or better educational opportunities. However, there are some negatives that illegal immigrants bring that may affect a community or region, but I do not believe that it outweighs the right of the 14th amendment. I also think that it would be wrong to send a citizen of the United States away from his/her “homeland” after they have already established themselves in the american community just because of an amendment revision that is mostly a one sided opinion.

8/31/2015
Irving/Texas
lija
Bradley/Nimiz
Illegal immigration is a big problem in United states now. So in my opinion the 14th amendment that to grant citizenship to all people born or naturalized in the US should be stopped.By denying citizenship to all american born children of illegal parents we can control the illegal flow to US. We should only give citizenship to the children of parents that are legal in US or at least one parent legal in the US and we should return the illegals to their own country. So that we can control and raise the economic growth in the Us and control illegals.

8/31/2015
Irving TX
Rolando
Mrs. Bradley/Nimitz High School
I believe and see that birthright citizenship shouldn't be denied. The reason being is that this country was found by immigrants, so why should the birthright be taken away? The 14th amendment was made for the freed slaves, for their right. Why should it change now?We are all human beings and we were born in America, the land of the free and the brave.

8/31/2015
Irving/Texas
Lexia
Bradley/Nimitz
In my opinion the 14th Amendment should not change. Majority of immigrants move to the U.S to better their lives , along with all the next generations to come. The people that have been in the U.S with the birthright citizenship should remain with that status , it isn't right to take that away for how long many of the people who have had it.

8/31/2015
Irving/Texas
Jonathan
Etheridge/Nimitz
In my opinion the controversy on whether or not a child of a immigrant should be considered a U.S citizen if birthed here in the U.S, is nothing more than Republicans trying to keep the United States a white community. Their purposes on trying to restrict immigration here serves no purpose other than the satisfaction of white supremacy. There should be no denial of citizenship to children born here in the U.S. It is not their fault their parents are illegal, they have no control over the situation. In using that argument, that we should deny citizenship to children is nearly the same as saying we should bring back the Jim Crow laws.

8/31/2015
Irving/TX
Xiomara
Etheridge/Nimitz
I believe that if you are born in a certain country that makes you from there, for example if you were born in France that makes you french ,if you were born in Canada that makes you Canadian . Where your parents are from really does not matter you are your own person ,to me the 14th amendment says it all if you are born in the United States that makes you an American nobody should have that right taken away from them at any time .

8/31/2015
Irving/Tx
Hernan
Etheridge?Nimitz
The conflicting topic of whether “birthright citizenship” should apply to American-born children of illegal immigrants can be clearly expressed differently by many. People may be undecided on their opinion, leaning slightly to one side or the other. Respectively, in my own opinion, I believe that ”birthright citizenship” should apply to American-children of Illegal Immigrants because it is a birthright. I understand the thought that denying birthright citizenship would stop or cut back the immigration, but I also believe that Immigration won’t stop, even if “citizenship rights” are denied. To add on, even though the 14th amendment was ratified after the civil war, it clearly states that the rights and immunities of citizens should not be deprived and everyone should have an equal protection under the law. The constitution is accepted as a legitimate authority, it isn’t supposed to be changed, but interpreted differently. It is true that it is trying to be changed, perhaps the hard effort is a waste of time, time that could be used for more reasonable and doable alternatives.

8/31/2015
Irving/TX
Caroline
Bradley/Nimitz
The Fourteenth Amendment grants birthright citizenship. Although it was designed after the Civil War, which at the time guaranteed citizenship to freed slaves and their descendants, the concept behind the Fourteenth Amendment is still the same: “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.” In today’s America, where illegal Immigration is increasing steadily, more and more children of illegal immigrants are being born in this country. So should birthright citizenship be denied to children of illegal immigrants? No. Absolutely not. Regardless of what economic strains the country will face with illegal immigrants and their children, the United States shouldn’t turn them away. The Fourteenth Amendment clearly states that citizenship is granted to all persons born in the United States. To say that birthright citizenship should be denied to children of illegal immigrants is unconstitutional.

8/30/2015
Irving/Texas
Julia A
Bradley/Nimitz
The 14th Amendment states that,"State and federal citizenship for all persons regardless of race both born or naturalized in the United States was reaffirmed".Denying their right is like trying to change the 14th Amendment.Everyone who are born in US territory should be given their birthright citizenship regardless of their parents and so they could maintain their "Equal protection under law".

8/29/2015
Irving/Texas
Jose
Bradley/Nimitz
The 14th amendment gives right to any one born in the USA to become a citizen because we all have equal rights. This allows the children of illegal immigrants to become citizens if they are born here. The 14th amendment 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.” This does not say anything about the parents status if they are illegal immigrants or not so denying the citizenship of these newborns would be unconstitutional. The effort of government officials to deny automatic citizenship right is shocking because this country was founded by European immigrants, and also the Statue of Liberty says to give her your poor, tired and huddled masses and she has her lamp lifted to the golden door. The golden door is the USA because it's a country where many want a better life and want a better life for their children because they wouldn't get the same chance in their own country. All these that some government official are trying to do are going against the belief of what founded this great nation.

8/29/2015
Irving/TX
Alicia
Bradley/Nimitz
Birthright citizenship should remain as it is because it would honestly become a huge hassle to change. The change would simply only lead to more undocumented immigrants as people will still pursue a better life of opportunity in America, with or without citizenship and documentation. This will only add to the existing problem of undocumented immigrants residing here. Its not like we can just deport them as that would effect us extremely negatively as a nation. Jobs once occupied by immigrants would suddenly be opened and, with more jobs than workers, stores and entire companies may collapse.

8/28/2015
Irving, Texas
Anthony
Etheridge
To me, the 14th amendment says it all. If anyone is born in america, they are considered U.S citizens, and that right shouldn't single-handedly taken away. Everyone that was born here but is from another nationality should be able to maintain their life in peace in the U.S.

8/28/2015
Irving/TX
Luis M
Bradley/Nimitz
When I think of birthright citizenship a lot of stories of people I know who came to this country in order for their children to become citizens of this great land. Here is the bottom line, if children of immigrants to receive citizenship, why do so many people want to take that from them they were born here, what makes them different. The 14th amendment states that any person born in the United States is considered a citizen and they can't take that away. Now, wanting to change the that amendment is just outrageous because there is more problems to deal than children of illegal immigrants being born, so really why bother leave it as it is. With more immigrants coming to the United States and lots of births on the horizon, it's no surprise that people have questions that birthright citizenship for these children should be changed, but really it doesn't matter, if you were born here you are citizen of the U.S and no one can take that from you.

8/27/2015
Irving/Texas
Jubilee
Bradley/Nimitz
Changing the 14 amendment to make illegal immigrants children , that were born in the usa, would be not just a waste of time but of distraction to the turn issues being the population growth of undocumented immigrants.Changing the amendment would waste time because they’re are bigger issues that need to be addressed in congress today. For example protection of terrorist, war, and world economics. Also most immigrant come to better their lives not just citizenship status. When it comes to American-born children of illegal immigrant birthrights they should apply because brithrights should come from the country you're born not the one you parents originated.For instance when Americans parent have children in other countries they lose the right run for presidency. Therefor deny the automatic citizenship to children born in united states would just increase undocumented people because people always look for a better future.

8/27/2015
Irving/Texas
Seireadan
Bradley/Nimitz
Birthright citizenship should be denied to children of illegal immigrants. This is a view that is often enough believed that there is a need to debate this; however, these views are often immature and thought of in an arrogant way. The reason these views are immature is because of the lack of consideration of the consequences. In the United States, there is an approximate 7% of children that are in school that also have a parent with an illegal status in the United States. In 2011, the number of listed people in school was over 120 million and growing, which means there are more than 8 million possible children with a parent not legally registered in the United States. When these 8 million children graduate and enter the labor force of more than 157 million they will make up more than 5% of a growing workforce. If these people were denied citizenship and deported, we would lose enough people that, if a large corporation only hired people with birthright citizenship, that company, no matter how large it is (as the company with the most people employed is Walmart at 1.3 million people) the company would be shut down. If we included past generations as well, these numbers would increase, further crippling America’s economy. Finally, the reason the belief that birthright citizenship should be denied to children of illegal immigrants is an arrogant view is due to the fact that that everyone on the North American and South American continent except perhaps the Native Americans could easily be viewed as an illegal immigrant without birthright citizenship because our ancestors immigrated here illegally from Europe or Africa from the 15th century onwards. If birthright citizenship were denied to children of illegal immigrants and their children were denied citizenship as well, then anyone of European or African descent would have to leave America, and this would include almost everyone except for Native Americans.

8/27/2015
Irving/Texas
Nicole
Bradley/Nimitz
Birthrights towards children of illegal immigrants has been an issue definitely expressed on multiple occasions, but as for where I stand on the matter, I think that it should still be allowed to be issued to them. Reasoning for that opinion is because it’s not as if they are just handing out citizenship's to anyone, there are things they must follow in order to receive such a certificate. For example, a bulletin noted in the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 states that the child must have at least one parent a citizen of the US. If that isn’t followed then they don’t get the certification and if there are still continuing problems then that seems to be the law’s fault, does it not?

8/25/2015
Irving/Texas
Leslie A
Bradley/Nimitz
The 14th amendment says, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States...” Our Founding Fathers were descendants of immigrants, and I believe if they were still alive they will be troubled about the legislator’s efforts of denying automatic citizenship to these children. According to the article, Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 propose that 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. All American-born immigrants whether they come from illegal or legal parents should guarantee birthright citizenship it will be just. Even if their is an end to birthright citizenship, studies have showed that it will actually benefit them. There will be an increase of illegal immigration population and workers in the workforce.

8/25/2015
Irving/TX
Katherine
Etheridge/Nimitz
The United States, a collective of various governing bodies, operates under the supreme law of the land- the United States Constitution. While a malleable document, it is still expected to guarantee the rights of citizens. By denying citizenship to American-born children of illegal immigrants, politicians are challenging the ideals that the US was founded upon. This country was meant to be a place of solace, a place where people could escape the hardships of their homelands. The Statue of Liberty still stands on Ellis Island, still shouts into the night "Give me your tired, your poor, [...] send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me." The effort needed to amend the constitution, or to challenge the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment, only proves that anyone willing to go to all that trouble in order to demand children be returned to war-torn, impoverished countries, has only a loose grasp of the American Dream, and does not hold dear the ideals America was meant to represent.

8/25/2015
Irving/Texas
Eric
Bradley/Nimitz
Illegal immigration has been a problem in the U.S for many years, and has been a really hot topic as of late in politics. It's safe to assume that some of it is because of the U.S guaranteeing citizenship to any child who is born in the U.S due to the 14th Amendment. It would be reasonable to want to cut back on the vast growth of illegal immigration by cutting down one of the reasons for it which would be birth right citizenship, but that would change how the U.S is as a whole. Though there's a good chance that it might have some impact on illegal immigration, it would be unfair to the children born after this law if it were to be passed as well as being considered unpatriotic considering the fact that the United States of America was built from the foundations laid by immigrants. Instead of abolishing citizenship to the children born in the US, more efforts should be made to encourage illegal immigrants to become official US citizens. Instead of attacking the situation negatively, the situation should be addressed with a more positive plan to build up on a positive outlook.

8/25/2015
Irving/Texas
Aron
Bradley/Nimitz
The Fourteenth Amendment clearly 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. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.", and to attempt to alter or disregard this for the children of illegal immigrants who have no say from where they are from is a completely imhumane and selfish violation of the constitiution. When the Republicans argue against birthright citizenship they seem to forget the Native Americans who originally inhabited this country before any of us, but continue to hypocritically pursue these children who were born without any control of their location. Instead of purusing them, we should be treating them like the human beings they are, and grant them all the benefits of the law for all citizens of all races.

8/25/2015
Irving/Texas
Ryan
Bradley/Nimitz
Birthright citizenship is a right given to all persons born or naturalized in the United States as guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. To deny this right to persons born in the United States based simply on the legal status of their parents is to state that they are less worthy than other children to the rights, protections, and freedoms of being a United States citizen. The first Americans were the children of immigrants, and they would be mortified to learn that simply because a child’s father and mother came to America seeking opportunity and safety, they would be denied the the right to citizenship. If you are born in America, you are an American. To question this would not only establish the permanent “undocumented working class” mentioned above but would also call into question our national identity and unity.

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