Anchor Babies Are Back, Thanks to Trump

Anchor babySo-called “anchor babies” are now an issue in the Tea-GOP presidential primaries, with most candidates saying they would like to cancel the constitutional right of citizenship.

Since Donald Trump came out Sunday against birth right citizenship, Bobby Jindal and Lindsey Graham have followed suit. Scott Walker is also with Trump on this.

Chris Christie says we ought to “reexamine” the 14th Amendment. John Ellis (“Jeb”) Bush says birth right citizenship is one of “like 10 things I would change in the Constitution.”

If the Tea-GOP prevails, the children of a disfavored class will be disqualified from citizenship – rejected by the land of their birth. Despite the fact that birthright citizenship has been part of our Constitution for nearly 150 years, no precedent is sacred to the Tea-GOP. For them, there is no such thing as settled law.

Of course, the anchor baby myth is pure fear mongering without basis in fact. Assuming anyone cares about facts. Children born to undocumented immigrants get deported all the time, along with their families – precisely what Trump proposes. Even though they are U.S. citizens, most are not entitled to come back to this country until they are 21 years of age.

What’s more, there would be a significant cost to “solving” the nonexistent anchor baby problem. The parents of every child born in this country would have to go through a lengthy and expensive individualized assessment of their child’s citizenship. The Center for American Progress points out that such assessments currently cost an average of $600, essentially a birth tax. The alternative would be legal limbo, without U.S. citizenship — or possibly having no citizenship in any nation.

More info:
Donald Trump Tells GOP To Jump On Immigration, Candidates Say ‘How High?’
Donald Trump’s First Policy Plan Is Even More Racist Than You Think It Is
Wikipedia: Anchor Baby

UPDATE:
To be fair, some Tea-GOP candidates don’t advocate taking away the right of citizenship to everyone born in the USA.

John Kasich has reversed his position, telling CNN earlier this month, “I think we need to get over that. I’m not for it anymore. Let these people who are born here be citizens and that’s the end of it. I don’t want to dwell on it.” Mike Huckabee also opposes changing the 14th Amendment.

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on August 18, 2015 - 4:02 pm

    I see this as a plus.

    Bernie Sanders didn’t mince words at all about his belief that immigration would be bad for American jobs, and I’m sure it made some Hispanics a little uneasy, but when you compare it to the hysteria based politics of the right, they’d know who to vote for.

    That may be Kasich’s and Huckabee’s angle.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on August 19, 2015 - 3:14 pm

    Donald Trump: Babies Born To Undocumented Immigrants Aren’t U.S. Citizens

    “I don’t think they have American citizenship and if you speak to some very, very good lawyers — and I know some will disagree — but many of them agree with me and you’re going to find they do not have American citizenship. We have to start a process where we take back our country. Our country is going to hell,” Trump said in an interview with CNN on Tuesday night.

  3. #3 by Richard Warnick on August 19, 2015 - 3:17 pm

    Sorry, Republicans: Ending Birthright Citizenship Would Be Unconstitutional

    It turns out that the very idea of amending the Constitution to end birthright citizenship for the children of immigrants — a move that squarely targets Latinos — would probably be found unconstitutional. The same would be true for a Republican-backed bill with a similar goal that’s pending in Congress.

  4. #5 by Richard Warnick on August 20, 2015 - 10:51 am

    Josh Marshall:

    Be sure to read today’s piece by Tierney Sneed on how ending birthright citizenship migrated from far right legal circles to the centerpiece policy push of the 2016 presidential campaign. The key is that they’re saying we don’t even need to amend the 14th Amendment. We can just pretend the 14th amendment doesn’t say what it plainly says and read it out of the Constitution altogether. And with the way the current Court snaps up cockamamy right wing legal theories these days, they could be right.

  5. #7 by Richard Warnick on August 20, 2015 - 1:18 pm

    Rick Santorum Compares Undocumented Parents To Bank Robbers

    Santorum said during his speech that he, like Trump, believes children of unauthorized immigrants should not gain automatic citizenship, as they are guaranteed under the 14th Amendment, although he added that it’s not his “highest priority” to make such a policy change. He said the courts needed to determine whether birthright citizenship was truly required by the 14th Amendment.

    At this rate, progressives might run out of popcorn.

  6. #8 by Richard Warnick on August 20, 2015 - 1:57 pm

    Need to go to the store for more popcorn!

    Rand Paul Doubles Down On Ending Birthright Citizenship

  7. #9 by Larry Bergan on August 20, 2015 - 5:47 pm

    All of these people need to wake up in the tomato fields tomorrow morning. How flippant can you get.

  8. #10 by Richard Warnick on August 21, 2015 - 12:41 pm

  9. #11 by Richard Warnick on August 21, 2015 - 12:56 pm

    Everything You Need To Know About Republicans’ Latest Crusade Against Immigrants

    “Anchor babies” are a myth invented by the far right.

  10. #12 by Richard Warnick on August 21, 2015 - 1:20 pm

    I’m having fun with the “anchor baby” silliness. However Trump is right about one thing in particular: we ought to raise the H-1B minimum wage.

    • #13 by Larry Bergan on August 21, 2015 - 3:16 pm

      Oh yeah!

      No wall necessary. Raising the minimum wage and enforcing it would put an impenetrable wall on the Mexican border . Sanders and Trump are allies. :)

  11. #14 by Richard Warnick on August 22, 2015 - 9:20 pm

    Like national ID cards? Then get rid of birthright citizenship.

    Why Ending Birthright Citizenship Would Create A Nightmare For Everyone

    • #15 by TRUMP on August 23, 2015 - 7:22 am

      Is it a nightmare in Denmark? The happiest country on the planet.

    • #16 by Richard Warnick on August 23, 2015 - 10:28 pm

      Trump says the USA is the only country that grants birthright citizenship. Actually there are 55, including the USA.

  12. #17 by Richard Warnick on August 24, 2015 - 3:35 pm

    Jeb Bush: ‘Anchor babies’ isn’t about Latinos — it’s ‘more related to Asian people’

    Jeb! 2016 was supposed to be smarter than Dubya. But the gaffes are piling up.

    • #18 by Larry Bergan on August 24, 2015 - 5:20 pm

      “This is all how politics plays. And by the way, I think we need to take a step back and chill out a little bit as it relates to the political correctness — that you have to be scolded every time you say something.”

      Your brother said it Jeb: “it’s hard work”!

      Besides, if we don’t have to be politically correct anymore, I want inheritance taxes back.

      Maybe Jeb can give in and let Karl Rove feed him quotes through an earpiece.

  13. #21 by Richard Warnick on August 27, 2015 - 10:33 am

    Trump Preaching to Shrinking White Electorate Creates Problems for GOP

    The Republican electoral coalition now relies on preponderant majorities from the groups most unsettled by demographic and cultural change: older, noncollege, and rural whites. There are no longer enough of those voters to guarantee Republicans a national majority; that’s why Democrats have won the popular vote in five of the past six presidential elections. Yet, as Trump’s rise shows, many of those voters militantly oppose the policies (like immigration reform) that might help the party expand its coalition.

  14. #22 by Richard Warnick on August 27, 2015 - 3:28 pm

    In my blog reading, someone somewhere reminded me that Speaker Boehner could have let the House vote on the Senate-passed immigration reform bill. It would have passed, President Obama would have signed it, and nobody would be talking about “anchor babies” now. But the Tea-GOP didn’t want to solve anything, they wanted to keep immigration as an issue to run on. Be careful what you wish for!

  15. #23 by Larry Bergan on August 27, 2015 - 3:43 pm

    That’s comforting Richard, but I heard Trump got 30,000 people out to an event in Alabama and was getting whoops and hollers for his vile immigrant fear mongering. He said somewhere that a old man was beat to death by a Mexican. This cartoon from Bagley is not at all funny:

    • #24 by Richard Warnick on August 27, 2015 - 4:25 pm

      Bagley is only slightly exaggerating what Tea-GOPers have actually said in all seriousness.

      Donald Trump has proposed mass deportations, and says he would confiscate wages if not property.

      Right-wing radio host Jan Mickelson has proposed slavery as punishment for undocumented workers.

      Another presidential candidate, Ben Carson, has suggested using drone strikes on the Mexican border.

      • #25 by Larry Bergan on August 27, 2015 - 6:50 pm

        Thanks for that.

        I thought I had heard that all those things were actually said, but I couldn’t remember where. I knew one of the candidates had said to use drones, but I was thinking ‘must have been for surveillance’. Wow. That was probably said right before Carson got his poll bump to number 2. :(

        This is really creepy; just like the cartoon.

        • #26 by Richard Warnick on August 28, 2015 - 10:52 am

          Within the Tea-GOP there is no penalty for this kind of thing. Anything that’s anti-immigrant is accepted. As Trump proved with his birther nonsense in 2012.

          Maybe the method behind the madness is to make some people believe immigrants are the reason for unemployment, flat wages, and the decline of the middle class.

          • #27 by Larry Bergan on August 28, 2015 - 11:17 am

            I’ve long believed that one Republican strategy of getting what they want is to find a congressperson somewhere to say something utterly nuts that makes the news, and then somebody else somewhere will say the same thing later. That plants a seed so that when they want to get away with something that is terrible but not insane, sometimes they can.

            Now, well known people at the top of the Republican hierarchy are saying insane things all the time. This is new.

            I always look for solace in the old saying, “things have to get worse before they get better”. We’ve been hearing a noise in our car, but it never happens for the mechanic, until now!

            Bernie Sanders isn’t insane. Ben Cartwright’s finally back in town. :)

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