Birthright Citizenship: Jake’s Take
By: JM Keck
There has been much talk of Birthright citizenship as of late. From The Donald to Canadian born Ted Cruz many are saying we should end this policy. The idea according to Trump and friends would dissuade Mexicans from crossing the U.S. border just to have a baby, thus that baby becomes a citizen of the United States. But proponents of this idea seem to miss a few major issues with their plan, the how and the cost.
First, let’s look at the cost of this plan shall we. According to reports it costs tax payers $12,500 per each person deported as of 2011. Now that may not sound like much until you realize there are over 11 million undocumented or illegal aliens in America at the moment. That would be over $137 billion just counting the undocumented or illegal aliens the others we will discuss in a bit. May I ask where the hell this money would come from? Are you going to cut education spending? Maybe cut food stamps and health care spending? Because we know you would take this cost out on the working poor, elderly and disabled who really need help. Many of you will say, but Jake we will save money in the long term. Will we? Most of these 11 million are hardworking folks working 2 or even 3 jobs to feed their families and try not to go to the doctor or apply for food stamps because it would draw attention to their immigration status. In this plan state and local government would see a loss of sales tax revenue as these folks pay about 12 billion in state taxes like sales tax. So what are we really saving?
Now for the how.
To end Birthright citizenship we would have to repeal the 14th amendment which has been grating Birthright citizenship to those born here since 1868. You have two options for this….
- Both Houses of Congress must propose the amendment with a two-thirds vote.
- Two-thirds of the State legislatures must call on Congress to hold a Constitutional Convention.
- Then it must be ratified by Three-fourths of the U.S. State Legislatures.
Now if you get all that done and we end Birthright citizenship how will we enforce it? Remember this has been a constitutional right since 1868 and covers millions of otherwise legal families across the nation. So are you going to deport all these as well? Being you’re getting rid of the reason they became Americans generations ago, I guess you will have no other option. How do you plan to kick over 20 million or more out of the U.S.? Would you use the military or some type of secret police? If you ask me that sounds a lot like Nazi Germany. I agree we must ensure the integrity of our borders, but at the same time we must maintain the integrity of our American values.