Figures indicate that nearly 400,000 anchor babies were born in the United States in 2019, a number that surpasses the birthrate of most states.
A 2018 study by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) determined that almost 300,000 children are born to illegal aliens in the United States every year.
These children, commonly referred to as “anchor babies,” serve as an anchor by which illegal-alien parents justify their stay in the country in defiance of federal immigration law.
Anchor babies also give their parents hope of one day receiving legal status in the country, as current immigration law allows U.S. citizens to sponsor their non-citizen parents for legal permanent residence as “immediate relatives” — a category that is given priority and that is not limited by visa availability as other categories are.
The births per year to illegal aliens is larger than the total number of births in every state except California and Texas.
Additionally, 72,000 anchor babies were born to foreign nationals who were legally in the country at the time, such as foreign tourists, visa workers, and foreign students.
Combined, that amounts to approximately 400,000 anchor babies born in a single year. That means 34 times more anchor babies were born nationwide than American children were born in the state of Delaware. Close to five times more anchor babies were born throughout the country than American children were born in Arizona.
The figures have ramifications for taxpayers. As CIS notes, 67 percent of new mothers who are illegal aliens are either uninsured or on child support, compared to 42 percent of native-born mothers. Beyond hospital costs, illegal-alien mothers are more likely than their citizen counterparts to rely on taxpayer-funded welfare programs to sustain their children.
The booming foreign-born population also drastically affects the nation’s demographics, which brings important political consequences. As CIS observes:
One of the most obvious and enduring impacts of immigration occurs through immigrants' children. Long after immigrants pass on, their descendants will continue to shape the political, economic, and cultural life in the receiving society. Examining births to immigrants is thus a way of measuring the scale of immigration and its impact on the United States.
Proponents of expansive immigration policy typically use the 14th Amendment to the Constitution to argue that anyone born within the United States is a citizen, as the text states, “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.”
But the 14th Amendment, ratified in 1868, was not meant to confer citizenship upon everyone and anyone born in the United States.
The Amendment was written after the Civil War to secure the citizenship status of former slaves. It was a response to the infamous Dred Scott Supreme Court decision, which had ruled 11 years earlier that the Constitution was not written to include citizenship for blacks.
Following the war, Congress passed a Civil Rights Act to guarantee citizenship for blacks. The act was reworked as the 14th Amendment because its supporters felt that a mere law did not carry sufficient legal weight to withstand opposition.
That Civil Rights Act included the language, “All persons born in the United States, and not subject to any foreign power, excluding Indians not taxed, are hereby declared to be citizens of the United States.”
In the 1884 Supreme Court case Elk v. Wilkins, the court noted that the Civil Rights Act had been condensed into the 14th Amendment and that looking at the former would provide an understanding of the latter. Thus, the amendment’s qualifier that citizens be “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States can be understood through the Civil Rights Act’s stipulation that a citizen “not be subject to any foreign power.”
Despite arguments from the Left today, this is a principle that has traditionally been understood and codified in American law.
It’s why, despite liberals’ insistence that the Constitution grants citizenship to anyone born in the country, U.S. law presently prohibits citizenship being granted to babies born in America to foreign heads of state, foreign ambassadors, and foreign prisoners — and that restriction has never been found unconstitutional.
It’s also why American Indians were not granted citizenship until 1924. Being members of their respective tribes, they were considered subject to their own nations rather than the jurisdiction of the United States.
Ultimately, the 14th Amendment establishes the base line of those who should be granted citizenship. Anything more inclusive than that is not compulsory, but a preference of those currently in power.
Under Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 of the Constitution, Congress has the authority to establish rules of naturalization. If it wants to, Congress can put an end to birthright citizenship.
Given the out-of-control growth of the foreign-born population and the long-term effects it will have on the nation, it’s past time for Congress to do so.
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Luis Miguel is a writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.