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Old 08-29-2007, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Chicago's burbs
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What are everyone's thoughts on our country's policy of birthright citizenship?

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Old 08-29-2007, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Texas- moving back to New England!
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The US Government needs to get rid of Birthright Citizenship.
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Old 08-29-2007, 07:25 PM
 
Location: SW Kansas
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I don't believe our Constitution granted birthright citizenship and the language needs clarified to reflect that.
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Old 08-29-2007, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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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.

How can it be any more clear?
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Old 08-29-2007, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Citizenship based on place of birth is pretty much the norm among countries here in the Americas - it was, in part, a break with the blood based citizenship supported by the royal families of the colonial powers.

Canada, USA, Mexico all support citizenship based on birth within their national borders.
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Old 08-29-2007, 08:25 PM
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Location: Austin
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I'm for it and against it. In AZ, we have a lot of people who come here an have what they call "anchor babies" to pretty much guarentee that they can stay in the country. If they have babies who are citizens, the parents don't get sent home. I taught high school in a mostly Hispanic area and the majority of my female students had anchor babies. Not only does this fuel the immigration problem, but these babies and their families were living off the government.

I don't think there should be a change to birthright citizenship, though, until there is radical immigration reform. The entire application process is ridiculous. It's easy to point fingers in certain situations (like the one above), but there are some people who wait for decades to go through the application process for citizenship that are quite deserving.
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Old 08-29-2007, 11:31 PM
 
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I'll give you a scenario. my parents are from Cuba and came here LEGALLY under the Cuban Adjustment Refugee Act in the 60s. My father became a naturalized citizen & my oldest brother who was born in Cuba enlisted in the Air Force as a LEGAL RESIDENT and became a citizen while he served in the military.

I was born here as well as my 2 younger siblings. If xenephobes have their way and repeal the Amendment of birthright citizenship then you are basically saying that I am not an American citizen and I am not a citizen of Cuba either. What would be my status then?

I understand the issue of "anchor babies" but let's not throw out the baby with the bath water.
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Old 08-30-2007, 03:43 AM
 
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I'll give you a scenario. my parents are from Cuba and came here LEGALLY under the Cuban Adjustment Refugee Act in the 60s. My father became a naturalized citizen & my oldest brother who was born in Cuba enlisted in the Air Force as a LEGAL RESIDENT and became a citizen while he served in the military.

I was born here as well as my 2 younger siblings. If xenephobes have their way and repeal the Amendment of birthright citizenship then you are basically saying that I am not an American citizen and I am not a citizen of Cuba either. What would be my status then?

I understand the issue of "anchor babies" but let's not throw out the baby with the bath water.
No no no no no it is not the same thing at all......
Your parents are NOT ILLEGAL so there is the difference..... It would not apply to your situation.
See Americans Do Not have a problem with immigrants it is only illegal immigrants that is causing a problem... Partly because it is a crime..
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Old 08-30-2007, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Chicago's burbs
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I agree, it is not birthright citizenship of children of immigrants I am against, it is birthright citizenship of children of ILLEGAL immigrants. I feel that while our constitution states that all you need to do to give birth to an American citizen is give birth on our soil, it should be ammended to state that you should be on our soil LEGALLY. If the parent is in this country illegally, isn't the birth, then, illegal as well?
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Old 08-30-2007, 07:27 AM
 
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the Japanese should be our mentors and prime example of success on this issue.
Birth within the territory of Japan does not confer Japanese
citizenship.

Japan allows only 1 way to obtain citizenship:

By descent: Child, whose father is a citizen of Japan, regardless of the child’s country of birth.
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