The "Anchor Baby" Myth

@ParaTed2k (22980)
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
June 14, 2007 7:58pm CST
"Amendment XIV: Section 1. 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." An "anchor baby" is a person born in the United States to illegal alien parents. It is thought that, because the baby was born in the U.S. it is automatically a citizen, so the parents should be able to stay in the U.S. also. Illegal aliens are not "subject to the jurisdiction thereof", they are (in fact) in the country illegally and while they should be treated with basic human rights, they have no more right to be in the US than I have sleeping in your mayor's office. Simply put, since the parents have no right to be in the US... neither do their kids.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
18 Jun 07
Now, now you know what you are going to get when you go down this road. You are going to get those good doers of the world that are going to spout off nonsense like they live in poverty and they are just trying to better their lives or my favorite we are all immigrants and we don't have the right to say that these people don't have the right to immigrate to our country either. I always say to those who say that they are just trying to better their lives well if you believe that let them rob every dime from you and don't think a thing about it. Because they are just bettering their lives. Also for those saying that we are just all immigrants and what's the big deal. Yes we are all immigrants including the indians, but last time I checked my family did it legally we didn't have to resort having anchor babies to stay in this country. We should kick them all out of the country including thier baby. I am sick and tired of paying for someone's baby.
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@ParaTed2k (22980)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
18 Jun 07
My answere to that is, if they came here to better their lives, but they're still stuck in poverty here, they might as well go home. ;~D
@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
18 Jun 07
Good point. I hadn't looked at it that way. I'd just assumed that you were automatically a citizen by being born here. Is the baby subject to the jurisdiction thereof? Is it a ward of the state and no longer under the parents' jurisdiction?
@ParaTed2k (22980)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
19 Aug 07
The child, of course, is still the child of the parents. As such the child should be afforded every right given to the parents. But no more.
@EvanHunter (4028)
• United States
18 Aug 07
Well we may not agree on the war but we most certainly agree on this issue. If I had my way,... well I wont go there but lets just say there wouldnt be any debating about it and there wouldnt be any amnesty for people whos first act was to enter this country illegaly. I would see to it that every owner of a company that employed these people would see some jail time also. As far as them having it so horrile in their country than dont you think they should step up and fight for changes there instead of bringing problems to ours, even if they did have it so bad they can claim political assylum rather than stay here forever illegal. As far as they only do the jobs americans wont do thats a bunch of garbage. My nephew works at a place that is full of illegals and its not farm jobs its factory. Friends I know are out of jobs because they hire whole crews for the cost of what it takes to pay two men who are skilled. Dont even get me started on the language, my grandparents like everyone elses had to fit in but they dont want to speak english. That pretty much sums up my feelings on illegals.