The Problem with U.S. Birthright Citizenship

The concept of birthright citizenship was applicable back in 1776, when travel between countries was measured in months. It’s not applicable today, except for children whose parents are themselves are U.S. citizens or here under legal provisions and enrolled in the process to become U.S. citizens.

The concept of “birthright citizenship” is it no longer used by any modern industrialized nation except the U.S., and for good reason.  Everyone born in country winds up winds up being an American citizen, regardless of the nationality or even the legality of their parents.  As practiced by the U.S., it is utter chaos, without controls, unsustainable, with severe negative repercussions on both our economy and crime.  For example, the average crime rates committed by illegals and their children are many times greater (like 50 or 60) than those committed by proper U.S. citizens.  By “proper U.S. citizens,” I mean legal immigrants and their children.

Donald Trump recognizes this and wants to end birthright citizenship as it exists today.  Is that wise?  I think so, and for the same reasons given by other modern industrialized nations who ended the wide-open practice decades, if not centuries ago.  These arguments are nicely summed up in the February 3, 2015 post by Charles Wood on NumbersUSA.  In summary, unbridled birthright citizenship harms a nation by forfeiting control over the nation’s future.  Do you really want outsiders who neither understand nor agree with American values casting votes in U.S. elections?  I don’t, as that would be absurd!  Dual citizenship has never helped countries that offer it.  Instead, it merely dilutes national loyalty and allegiance.  The very concept of birthright citizens leads to massive influxes of illegal foreigners, upwards of 50 million in the last 50 years alone.  Welfare costs go through the roof.  Those costs aren’t paid for by the illegal immigrants or their children.  They’re paid for by you, I, and all other honest, hardworking Americans.  Finally, the practice makes it far more difficult to deport illegal immigrants who are parents of kids born in the U.S.

Opponents argue that repealing birthright citizenship somehow “hurts national interests,” is “unfair,” or that doing so would be “difficult.”

Of course it would be difficult!  It will be far more difficult, however, to deal with the messes created by allowing it to continue.  As for what’s “fair,” this is our country, not theirs.  It’s not fair to We the People to suffer the current and growing burdens of unbridled citizenship.  As for “national interests,” increasing national security while decreasing crime far eclipse any wrongly claimed “national interests” of giving freeloaders unbridled access to scare American resources.  As Wood (2015) clearly notes, “…these problems exist with or without Birthright Citizenship and discontinuing Birthright Citizenship would immediately remove one of the magnets which draws people to the United States illegally in the first place.”

I’m with Trump on this issue.  Get rid of birthright citizenship, at least with respect to anyone born of parents who are not here legally and or who have no intent to stay, or worse, have sinister goals in mind contrary to our national interests.  Let’s end the rampant Asian practice of “vacation babies” that allows wealthy Asians to gobble up our businesses and our land.  While we’re at it, we need to do away with dual citizenship, as well, at least once the child reaches the age of majority (18 years old).  You’re either an American or you’re not.  Make up your mind and take your stand.  If someone in college, I’ll give them until 23.

Regardless, we must end the dangerous and highly problematic practice of unbridled birthright citizenship, now.