Titled “Maternity Tourism,” the following article appears in this months issue of Vero’s Voice Magazine, page 42, authored by yours truly.
The citizenship clause in the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution states: “…all persons, born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.”
Passed in 1868, the purpose of that law was to ensure all free blacks and their children entitlement to U.S. citizenship, whether former slaves or not. It was not intended for illegal immigrants to use as a loophole for gaining citizenship.
Had lawmakers known what would lie ahead in the ensuing centuries, with babies by the millions being birthed by illegals on American soil in order to gain entry through the back door, the wording would have been much different.
Various sources — including the Center For Immigration Studies — put the numbers of babies born to illegal immigrations in America between 363,000 to 400,000 per year, providing automatic American citizenship to their children and skirting immigration laws. In the majority of those cases, the taxpayer will be assuming responsibilities of social services, education, health care and the spin-offs into the justice system.
It’s not just an Hispanic issue. The process for making babies into American citizens is known worldwide. So bold is the abuse, one Turkish-owned Marmara Manhattan Hotel in New York City has been openly marketed with “birth tourism packages” to expectant mothers abroad. They advertise month-long baby stays that come with a stroller.
Anyone from anywhere can take advantage of the legal loophole, even if they are terrorist-related or closet enemies of the United States from the middle-east or North Korea where America is the target of universal hatred.
In 2011, city inspectors of San Gabriel, California, shut down a facility for Chinese “maternity tourists,” where pregnant women would come to give birth so their children would become automatic American citizens.
In 2011, an article appeared in the New York Times which stated, “It is impossible to know precisely how widespread ‘maternity tourism’ is. Businesses in China, Mexico and South Korea advertise packages that arrange for doctors, insurance and postpartum care.”
According to Wikipedia, three Chinese-owned baby care centers offer packages to expectant mothers for a fee under $15,000 which includes sightseeing and shopping.
The nation’s schools which are already overloaded and underfunded, face the economic burden of providing education to millions of children born “legally” of “illegal” parents in America. Those cost burdens, which includes adapting to languages other than English, deplete from quality educational opportunities for the children of legal American families who work here and pay taxes.
According to the Pew Hispanic Center, there are approximately 4.7 million children of illegal immigrants living in America.
Many politicians call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, which is basically a euphemism for “Amnesty.” Such reform would not save one dime of the cost burdens.
We should not continue to reward illegal behavior and turning a blind eye to the abuse of our constitution. We should demand repeal and rewrite of the 14th Amendment’s clause pertaining to citizenship.
Don’t hold your breath. If any politician were to introduce such a bill, he/she would face an onslaught of political demagoguery as being anti-immigration.