On Wednesday the National Press Club was the site of a meeting aimed at dislodging the mistaken interpretation of the 14th Amendment that the children of illegal aliens are US citizens. Members and supporters of State Legislators for Legal Immigration appeared to raise the issue, which is a major magnet for illegal aliens.An anchor baby is an immediate entre to the welfare system of free food and medical care. When junior turns 21 he can sponsor his illegal alien parents in a perfect circle of lawbreaking.Linked below is the press release of Pennsylvania State Representative Daryl Metcalfe, who has been a leader on state immigration enforcement.
State Lawmakers Convened in D.C. to Deliver Historic, Nationwide Correction to the 14th Amendment Misapplication, January 5, 2011Pennsylvania State Representative and State Legislators for Legal Immigration (SLLI) founder Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler County), state lawmakers and Constitutional scholars from across the nation convened in Washington D.C. today to unveil historic model legislation to correct the monumental misapplication of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This historic press conference was held on the same day as the swearing-in of the 112th Congress; encouraging that one of the first actions should be to uphold their oath and defend the Constitution to protect the states from the illegal alien invasion.â€?According to the 14th Amendment, the primary requirements for U.S. citizenship are dependent on total allegiance to America, not mere physical geography,â€? said Metcalfe. â€?The purpose of this model legislation is to restore the original intent of the 14th Amendment, which is currently being misapplied and is encouraging illegal aliens to cross and cost American taxpayers $113 billion annually, or nearly $1,117 yearly per individual taxpayer.â€?Currently, hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens are crossing U.S. borders to give birth and exploit their child as an â€?anchor baby,â€? as a means to obtain residency, access taxpayer-funded benefits and steal American jobs for themselves and for their families.During an 1866 Congressional debate, U.S. Representative John Bingham of Ohio, considered one of the fathers of the 14th Amendment, said â€?â€¦every human being born within the jurisdiction of the United States of parents not owing allegiance to any foreign sovereignty is, in the language of your Constitution itself, a natural born citizenâ€¦â€?â€?Iâ€™ve long considered birthright citizenship to be the holy grail of the illegal immigration debate,â€? said Oklahoma State Rep. Randy Terrill. â€?It has created a perverse incentive for foreign nationals to break U.S. law and proven to be a policy disaster for our Republic.â€?
Of course, no good deed goes unpunished, and the presser was invaded by noisy open-borders anarchists, who succeeded to some extent to disrupt the proceedings. â€?Free speech for me but not for theeâ€? is the leftist ideal. Nevertheless, the event got a good amount of coverage, including a piece in the New York Times, State Lawmakers Outline Plans to End Birthright Citizenship, Drawing Outcry.I heard John Eastman, Dean of Chapman University School of Law, speak about birthright citizenship last summer in Phoenix and was impressed with the clarity his explanation on the subject. The video below is from Californians for Population Stabilization (transcript).