A bill in Texas (HB 28) looks to challenge the 14th amendment of the US Constitution which is currently improperly interpreted as any baby being born on US soil to be given US citizenship - even those of illegal aliens who just came across the border. This is known as Birthright Citizenship or an "Anchor Baby" since it "anchors" the illegal alien parent in the US.
This amendment needs to be changed. It was initially made to give Birthright Citizenship to freed slaves and Birthright Citizenship has been misused for decades costing the US taxpayers literally billions in taxpayer funds and social services that the illegal alien parents can receive on behalf of the "citizen" child.
That's right, an illegal alien woman can cross the border days before her due date, head to a hospital and have all of her hospital costs covered and have an "anchor baby" which then is deemed a citizen of the United states and allows the woman to fight deportation and receive taxpayer monies and services.
The Texas bill, introduced by State Representative Leo Berman, would deny Birthright Citizenship and all social services - including public housing, welfare, disability, unemployment benefits and (the biggie) education in elementary, high school and state colleges - to children and parents of illegal aliens. The bill has to be passed by 2/3rds of both chambers and would surely be challenged and head to the US Supreme Court. If passed the act would take effect September 1, 2007.
Pro illegal alien groups - like the ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center and the US Chamber of Commerce - as well as activist groups like La Raza and MEChA are sure to challenge any approval of the bill.
Leo Berman has this to say
“A pregnant illegal alien can wait at the border, check into a hospital in Texas, give birth without paying a penny, and be rewarded for her illegal behavior,” Berman said. “That’s outrageous."
All on our dime.
Text of the bill
relating to the eligibility of an individual born in this state whose parents are illegal aliens to receive state benefits.
SUBTITLE H. PROVISION OF PUBLIC BENEFITS
CHAPTER 2352. ELIGIBILITY FOR BENEFITS
Sec. 2352.001. DEFINITION. In this chapter, "illegal alien" means an individual who is not a citizen or national of the United States and who has entered the United States without inspection and authorization by an immigration officer.
Sec. 2352.002. APPLICABILITY. This chapter applies only to an individual:
- who is born in this state on or after the effective date of this chapter; and
- whose parents are illegal aliens at the time the individual is born.
Sec. 2352.003. ELIGIBILITY. An individual to whom this chapter applies is not entitled to and may not receive any benefit provided by this state or a political subdivision of this state, including:
- a grant, contract, loan, professional license, or commercial license provided by an agency of this state or a political subdivision of this state or by appropriated funds of this state or a political subdivision of this state;
- employment by this state or a political subdivision of this state;
- a retirement payment or other benefit received on account of the status of the individual as a former employee or officer of this state or a political subdivision of this state;
- public assistance benefits, including welfare payments, food stamps, or food assistance from this state or a political subdivision of this state;
- health care or public assistance health benefits;
- disability benefits or assistance;
- public housing or public housing assistance;
- instruction in primary or secondary education;
- instruction from a public institution of higher education; and
- an unemployment benefit.
This is long overdue. We need to end Birthright Citizenship now!
If you live in Texas it's time to contact your representative and urge passage.