McConnell: What’s Wrong With Hearings on Birthright Citizenship?

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Thursday, August 05, 2010 at 11:19 am

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday he still would like to see hearings on abuses of the 14th Amendment by illegal immigrants who come to the U.S. to have children. Although he has not come out in support of changing the amendment to remove automatic citizenship for children born to illegal immigrants — so far, the only senator to do so has been Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) — McConnell said he thinks Congress should look into the “burgeoning” business of birth tourism.

McConnell and Graham referenced an article in the Washington Post last month on a Chinese business that charges $14,750 to help women have their babies in the U.S. so the children will be citizens:

“What’s wrong with looking into this? The Washington Post did,” McConnell (R-KY) told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. [...]

Pushed to explain what outcome he expects from hearings, McConnell said he wasn’t sure what “remedy” would be presented. Still, it should be done, he said, adding : “Why don’t we take a look at it?”

Many other Republicans have come out against women coming to the U.S. for the express purpose of having citizen children, whether because they will then train the children to be terrorists or simply to exploit U.S. laws.

Most immigrants rights groups contend that the “anchor baby” phenomenon does not exist — and at least one advocate of tough immigration enforcement agrees. In a post at National Review last week, Center for Immigration Studies’ Mark Krikorian argued against making changes to the 14th Amendment based on claims of birth tourism:

I don’t like illegals having U.S.-citizen kids any more than anyone else, but there’s no evidence suggesting that this “drop and leave” stuff is true — anything’s possible, I suppose, but it’s just an assertion at this point. My own sense is that most illegal alien women who have kids here (accounting for nearly 10 percent of all children born in the U.S. each year) didn’t come for that purpose; they came for jobs or to join relatives, and one thing led to another, birds-and-bees style, and they had kids. There are no doubt some people who dash across the border illegally to have kids, but they just can’t amount to a large share of the problem. Nor does the problem of “birth tourism” require a change in the Constitution — we just need to permit (and require) our consular officers to reject visa applications from pregnant women, inviting them to re-apply once they’ve given birth in their own countries.

Of course, hearings are unlikely to happen — as reported yesterday, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) said the Constitution Subcommittee would not hold hearings on the issue.

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Rick
Comment posted August 5, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

Off course, watching too much Fox news makes you think that way. Illegal aliens are the ones to blame much about everything. Drugs, crimes, oil spills, inflation, gas prices, jobs, and off course, they are training terrorists to the near future.
Well done, Senators!!!!


Brittanicus
Comment posted August 5, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

One thing for sure that illegal immigration has emanated throughout our nation, like someone screeching their finger nails over a blackboard; a political headache that will not go away. Arizona's policing laws are now the main event above other resounding issues, other than the wars abroad. It's become an explosive situation that together Democrats and Republicans have allowed to get into a chaotic mess. None of this prodigious exploitation of the US taxpayer is conveyed by the Liberal progressive media? The unremitting lies we have been sold about which involves astronomical costs and the numbers of persons, which have succeeded in stealing past our only line of defense of US border Patrol.

Americans have grasped the deleterious spread of Sanctuary Cities, in Arizona and many other locations, where many innocent citizens have died at the hands of illegal aliens; an occurrence that stays hidden in the shadows. This is where each former government’s failure, has not exhibited any real restrictions on this invasion. This is the incomings of deprived people, hoping to gain admittance to the US welfare programs. This arises with the unborn babies of expectant foreign mothers, who know reaching our nation, means free pre-natal treatment, birthing and costs of housing, and a host of other giveaways while the child grows up. Whereas those who came to our country legally and citizens, whom are chased down by debt collection businesses and could eventually end up in court? While the illegal alien parents who are destitute, walk away owing thousands of dollars and paying nothing.

It's an impossibility to cover the war that is going on within our borders, whether its the criminal enterprises from across our national border, the rampant drunken drivers, the propagation of child molestation or drug traffic. For those Americans who prefer to research their own information–start of by eying NumbersUSA website, followed by Fair and CIR. The unbelievable price we pay for not sealing our borders, in human life and the expenditures our government and special interests don't want you to know. The foundation of this problem has always been cheap labor for businesses, which the owners pay nothing towards their illegal labor, left as always for US taxpayers to provide for? The corruption at the highest echelon of those we vote into power is hard to remove once they have settled into career cycle, which you can read about at Judicial Watch.

CALL THE CAPITOL AT 202-224-3121 AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT?

This issue of the 14th Amendment need not be changed; we as a sovereign nation have a right to remove the illegal mother and therefore the child who will obviously leave also. I have heard that welfare checks are forwarded out the country for that particular child, but this also must be repealed. We must close these wide open loopholes that exist, which is costing billions in your dollars, taken through your taxes. As an independent country our politicians should be serving the people, not foreign nationals who have unheeded our laws. November will be a good time to clear-up the corruption in Washington, in each state and abruptly remove all lawmakers who are pushing any kind of–AMNESTY. Corruption is proliferating in the halls of power. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) tore apart E-Verify as a permanent powerful tool, to classify and eject illegal labor from nationwide work sites.


Jonsid55
Comment posted August 5, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

What if those children born here to illegals, later turn out to be Einsteins or Ghandis or even excellent presidents? Would you be complaining then?


Test
Comment posted August 5, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

Um…you do know that neither Einstein or Ghandi was born an American citizen, right?


No Slack
Comment posted August 5, 2010 @ 5:36 pm

I suppose I could watch CNN and then I'd blame Dick Cheney for everything. He is the devil you know.

I'm not quite sure how this issue ever became politicized. It is a matter of law. The U.S. has every right to secure its borders. I am sympathetic to the poverty that the Mexicans endure, but that does not give them the right to illegally cross into this country. Where I see the real failure here is that our Administration has not urged the Mexican government to do more from their end. Perhaps tying a good deal of our financial support to their efforts would be a start.

Let's try to keep this debate as non-politicized as is possible on such a forum. Instead of flaming one post or the other, try to offer a recommendation for how you would fix the issue. Let's see what we come up with. Cheers.


Djpaints3
Comment posted August 5, 2010 @ 6:09 pm

I think it defintely needs to be looked at and the 14th Amendment possibly changed. I work in a Labor & Delivery unit. I see it happening quite frequently. And yes, I've had people from Russia & France that came just to get U.S. citizenship for their children. They paid cash for their delivery and then left to go home. It's not right.


Jonsid55
Comment posted August 5, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

I find it very implausible that you, who works in delivery, would be privy to that kind of information, especially knowing they paid CASH. A made-up story.


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Comment posted August 5, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

Maybe Ghandi nor Einstein were US-born, but Alexander Hamilton was born in the Caribbean; Thomas Paine was born in England; and Madeleine Albright was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia.


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Annise7
Comment posted August 9, 2010 @ 11:34 pm

iT'S A GREAT IDEA this amendment has served it's propose and is no longer needed. Having worked in a public hospital I know first hand how these women depend on having a child born in the U.S. the entire family staying in the U.S. is built around how many kids mom can push out. They plan many of these births so they can continue to recieve goverment benefits used to support the entire family while the husband is being paid under the table paying no taxes. These people are nothing more than con artist who put their crying children in front of a news reporter pleading don't deport my dad when half of the time they don't even know who dad is. They are all CON ARTIST. It is time to clean house.


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Comment posted August 9, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

I'm not willing to take a chance. What if could also turn into a murderer or rapist.


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