US Citizenship is for sale and has been for decades now, ever since a footnote was added to a Supreme Court decision in 1982. Illicit businesses from all areas of the world arrange for foreigners to pose as “tourists” for the express purpose of giving birth. The newborn(s) are then be conferred with U.S. citizenship and all the benefits and privileges it bestows.
Chinese, Middle Easterners, South Koreans lead the pack of foreigners who buy citizenship for their unborn.
The scheme works like this. Couples – doesn’t even have to be couples – pretend to be tourists and one is a pregnant woman. When she is about to give birth, she checks into the hospital as an indigent and the hospital stay, often costing more than $25,000 is paid for by taxpayers. The baby is then born a citizen, eligible for Social Security, free-in state college tuition, welfare, and permanent U.S. residency for the parents.
Hospital stays can run in the hundreds of thousands at taxpayer expense if the baby is premature for example.
Considering some of the countries they are coming from, this could be used for nefarious reasons.
Terrorist Yaser Esam Hamdi is a Saudi captured in Afghanistan fighting with Taliban forces. He has birthright citizenship and holds a U.S. passport.
It costs about $80,000 for the airfare, the months-long stay, pre-natal visits, et al, to cheat Americans by stealing citizenship.
A undercover sting operation cracked an operation from communist China.
In this operation, the pregnant woman was to travel as a tourist and stay in an Orange County, California apartment for a month until the baby was born. These apartments are called “Chinese birthing houses” or “maternity hotels”. The parents are coached every step along the way including how to not look pregnant when coming through customs.
Feds are trying to crackdown but it’s big business. They recently raided more than 20 of these businesses in California.
In those cases, wealthy Chinese were paying to travel here for the purpose of giving birth but the poor do it too in order to get welfare. In their cases, they can come as tourists or they walk across out porous southern border.
More on the raids at Fox News.
About 40,000 babies are born each year to couples posing as tourists. These illegal travel agencies operate openly on the Internet, promising a U.S. passport, birth certificate and Social Security number for their newborn.
It’s against the law to lie about the reason for coming to the United States.
Citizenship should be stripped from those who earn it this way but we would never do that.
Only the U.S. and Canada continue to allow birthright citizenship.
“Anchor babies” as these babies have come to be called are possible because of a misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment which was never meant to give citizenship to foreigners.
It’s all thanks to a footnote slipped into the Supreme Court opinion by Justice Brennan in 1982, as constitutional lawyer Ann Coulter wrote about in Human Events a few years back.
Post-Civil War, the 14th Amendment was passed and it was intended to overrule the Dred Scott decision which enabled Southern states to deny citizenship rights to newly freed slaves.
The amendment gave them citizenship by stating “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 phrase, “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof”, means to exclude foreigners.
The author at the time, Sen. Jacob Howard of Michigan said: 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.”
An 1884 case – Elk v. Wilkins ruled that children born to legal permanent residents of the U.S. and gainfully employed but not by a foreign government would also be deemed citizens under the 14th Amendment (US v. Wong Kim Ark 1898).
Then, in 1982, liberal Justice Brennan slipped a footnote into his 5-4 opinion in Plyler v. Doe which stated “no plausible distinction with respect to the 14th Amendment ‘jurisdiction’ can be drawn between resident aliens whose entry into the U.S. was lawful, and resident aliens whose entry was unlawful.”
The basis of Brennan’s insane statement was from a 1912 book by Clement L. Bouve who had no legal or political background.
His view went up against more than a hundred years of precedent and the express purpose of the 14th Amendment. Justice Brennan decided Bouve’s opinion was the one to follow.
Birthright citizenship is one more way that citizens lose their right to decide who gets citizenship.