18) Children born in the U.S. to border violators, illegal aliens or of foreign nationals in the U.S. for any reason (including temporary visitor, school or work visas,) shall not be eligible for citizenship as circumstances of birth, nor shall the parents or parents family members (relatives) be conferred U.S. citizenship as a result of such births.
By law, being born in the US only gives one the right to declare US citizenship on turning 18. Parents of a baby born in the US do not get US citizenship as a result of that birth. Both CAN be deported to parents country of origin. It just is not done. However, as long as the child remains in the U.S., the child becomes eligible for a whole host of welfare programs and access to our education system.
As with many things in this country, new laws and rules are not needed to fix the problem--just enforcement of those already on the books.
posted on 08/15/2003 2:41:09 PM PDT
THanks for your clarification. Regardless or whether you're right or wrong, the argument: "just enforce the existing laws" doesn't work because everybody goes 'ho-hum." We need a new document -- a hammer if you will to rally people to action.
posted on 08/16/2003 6:02:15 AM PDT
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