OK, so the anchor baby argument is somewhat invalid. However, that does not mitigate the fact that illegal aliens are coming to the country, and having babies, sometimes many years after arriving. Logic dictates that the babies are STILL anchor babies. Whether intended or not, the result is the same.New Estimates from the Pew Hispanic Center find that the "number of children born to at least one unauthorized-immigrant parent in 2009 was 350,000, essentially the same as it was a year earlier." These children accounted for 8% of newborns in the U.S. from March 2009 to March 2010. But interestingly, only a fraction of the babies were born to parents who have recently arrived in the country -- running counter to an argument made by conservatives who want to do away with birthright citizenship.
Ending this problem, however, is going to be tough. You can't just pass legislation disallowing anchor babies, because that runs counter to the Constitution, which defines "natural born citizen"..... Or can we? Legally, the only way to end the problem of anchor babies is going to be through a Constitutional amendment, and considering what has to happen before an amendment is passed, this problem is going to be a very tough one to crack... Or are there other solutions?
So, I would like to hear some ideas, which we at DP can then examine for Constitutionality. Let's not get emotional about this. Let's examine the law, and see what remedies are actually available.
We will begin by making an assumption that EVERYBODY at DP wants to end "anchor babies". Everybody try to come up with some ideas. We will then look at the law, as it exists at the present time, to see if any solution offered can pass Constitutional muster.
I think this will be both fun and educational for all of us. So here is where we stand - The only option on the board at this time is a Constitutional amendment. What are the other options, if any? Are any of those other options Constitutional?
Have at it, folks.
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