According to a report released in May by Eric Jensen, a statistician/demographer with the Census Bureau’s Population Division, the national origin of immigrants entering the United States has been shifting since 2009, with immigrants from Asia now surpassing those from Mexico.
Despite the statements of the various Republican presidential candidates, the Constitution is clear on the issue of birthright citizenship.
On August 24, the government of Mexico filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (Austin Division) in support of a lawsuit filed against the Texas Department of State Health Services by a group of illegal aliens represented by several nonprofit civil rights organizations alleging that the state has violated the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause by rejecting their applications to obtain birth certificates for their U.S.-born children.
As the concept of birthright citizenship becomes a much-talked-about issue in the 2016 presidential campaign, media pundits have discussed several aspects of the practice, including its economic costs, which are impacted by the higher-than-average birthrates of the women involved.
Presidentail candidate Jeb Bush, with an eye towards not alienating Hispanic voters, said his use of the term “anchor baby” was meant to apply mostly to Asians who abuse the “noble concept.”
Trump has made the U.S. government policy of giving automatic citizenship to the children of illegal aliens an issue in his presidential campaign.
A report released by the non-profit Pew Charitable Trust on August 18 indicated that as of this summer, 10 states and the District of Columbia issue driver's licenses to illegal aliens, and nearly 37 percent of these illegals live in a jurisdiction where they may obtain a license. The states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has supplied only limited information in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed in January by the Immigration Reform Law Institute, on behalf of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) to determine the cost of resettling and educating the tens of thousands of illegal unaccompanied minors who came across the U.S. border last year. ICE has partially answered just two of the five requests.
Dr. Ben Carson, a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, rode aboard a helicopter with Pinal County, Arizona, Sheriff Paul Babeu on August 19, touring mountainside caves used by Mexican drug cartel scouts in the Arizona desert. Afterwards, he suggested using drone strikes against the cartel scouts.
Multiculturalists are fond of saying, “We’re a nation of immigrants” when the United States is actually, as is any healthy country, a nation of citizens. But if current trends continue, we may end up being a land of immigrants and not really a nation.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet the Press on August 16, presidential candidate Donald Trump said that if he were elected president, he would reverse President Obama’s executive orders on immigration and deport all illegal aliens from the United States.