Imagine what would
happen if Americans could vote up or down on the
Fourteenth Amendment. Hypothetical choices:
Any child born in the United States is entitled to full
citizenship regardless of the
circumstances of his birth.
Only children born to
U.S. citizens will be American citizens.
My guess: choice B
would pass overwhelmingly—perhaps by as much as 75%.
Foreigners like the
Koreans who traipse over to the U.S. on a lark to
give birth for the sole purpose of getting an American
birth certificate and U.S. passport for their children
would be out of luck.
What a pity—they
would miss out on those oh so
handy U.S. I.D.s!
Volumes have been
written on the accident whereby American citizenship is
bestowed on anyone born here—even if their parents are
here illegally. I refer you to the
analysis of my VDARE.COM friends and colleagues:
Howard Sutherland and
Allan Wall, and
The Center for American Unity raised this
citizen child issue with the Supreme Court last
year. The Center filed an
amicus brief challenging the assumption that an
enemy combatant Saudi citizen is a U.S. citizen solely
because he was
born in the United States—to a
temporary worker. The Court ultimately avoided the
issue, but CAU`s brief, which is now a permanent part of
the Supreme Court records, was a classic example by
which Justices—and their clerks—can be educated prior to
reinterpreting the law.
And as we renew our
thinking on the abuse of the 14th Amendment,
we need to focus on one of the major oversights in
most frequently quoted number of anchor babies born each
year is 200,000.
But the 200,000
figure is woefully understated.
increased the annual anchor baby birth estimate to
When I asked Cosman
how she arrived at her higher number, she explained that
the 1992 U.S. Census indicated 200,000 anchor
babies—with 96,000 born in California alone.
immigration has increased significantly in the last
decade, Cosman told me that she adjusted the
calculations by 50% to be roughly consistent with the
increased alien population.
But based on what I
see every day in the
San Joaquin Valley—and what I see when I travel
around the country— even 350,000 anchor babies per year
is low— preposterously low.
Just look around
you. Wherever you live, you are likely to see
young, fecund Mexican women, walking children in
strollers and possibly pregnant, in every corner of
When I asked Cosman
if she agreed with me that the anchor baby numbers might
be even higher than her essay indicated, she cited three
major reasons why I am probably right:
"First, some anchor
babies are born in facilities that actively encourage
babies] but report the births only to those
organizations that will provide long-term assistance to
Hispanics by providing welfare benefits. This list would
include pro-illegal alien `rights` groups like the
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Foundation
American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Second, because of the
privacy and confidentiality stipulations of the
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of
1996 and with additional privacy regulations in 2003 and
medical facilities and physicians withhold all
information on `immigration status` as being
confidential to the patient. This obviously creates the
potential for significantly higher numbers of anchor
babies than anyone would previously have guessed.
sanctuary cities like California`s San Diego,
Los Angeles and Stockton as well as Austin, TX and
New York have laws that prevent physicians, nurses, or
police officers from reporting aliens to immigration or
local law enforcement. Hospitals and obstetric suites in
those cities have significant numbers of anchor babies
born. But they are not reported as such."
Cosman added a
fourth factor: America`s absurd generosity:
"Logic demands that
whenever free goods are offered freely, people
take and take again. To refuse free goods requires
act of will and an ethical determination not to take
the unearned. If America offers incentives to illegal
aliens to take citizenship, the illegal aliens are
acting with intelligent self-interest in accepting our
absurd generosity. After all, to refuse what is freely
offered is impolite and insulting. Therefore illegal
aliens who take the birthright citizenship are simply
polite guests willingly accepting the offered
hospitality of their American hosts."
Taking into account
Cosman`s four-point analysis and my view from
California`s front line, I have pegged the numbers
of anchor babies born in the U.S. each year at 500,000.
I asked Cosman if
she thought 500,000 might be in the ballpark. She
"You may still be
underestimating the problem."
Boil it down to the
simplest logic. If you believe—as I do—that there are
20 million illegal aliens in the U.S., then how
could there not be a minimum of 500,000 anchor babies
Anchor babies are
equivalent to, in football parlance, piling on. Not only
do we get the illegal aliens, we also get their
American citizen babies.
And when those
babies turn 18, they can sponsor their illegal alien
This gaping hole in
America`s immigration defenses has been obvious for a
long time. Amazingly, the House task force on illegal
immigration set up by
Newt Gingrich when he was Speaker ten years ago
called for a constitutional amendment ending automatic
citizenship for children of illegal aliens—among other
proposals that Gingrich called “specific,
common-sense, practical recommendations.”
Ask Gingrich about
this when he appears in your town promoting his new
(In fact, ask him
Representative Nathan Deal recently introduced
H.R. 698, the Citizenship Reform Act of 2005 that
would deny citizenship at birth to illegal aliens.
But H.R. 698 is
languishing with only eighteen measly
Short of a proper
interpretation of the 14th Amendment, or a
constitutional amendment, the simplest way to end the
absurdity of anchor babies is to cut the problem off
at the source.
all levels of government to enforce immigration
Once those laws are
obeyed, that will be the last you`ll hear about anchor
Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.