Citizenship Is The Law That Anybody Born On American Soil

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Birthright citizenship is the law that anybody born on American soil is automatically a natural-born citizen with rights and privileges regardless of the citizenship status of the parents. To some this is an issue known as immigrants making “anchor babies.” An anchor baby is an offspring of an illegal immigrant, who under legal interpretation becomes a United States citizen. Some republican politicians aim to change the 14th Amendment that grants citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.” The interpretation of this amendment has caused many controversies but overall, birthright citizenship should remain unchanged because if altered, it would change what it means to be an American and would directly go against what the United States was founded on. It would also impact Hispanic-American citizens, which is the largest minority group in the U.S population, and the economy. On July 28, 1868, the 14th Amendment was ratified. The amendment was passed after the Civil War which guaranteed citizenship to freed slaves. The opposing perspective may claim that birthright citizenship was only intended to grant rights to the slaves, and never intended to grant rights to the offspring of illegal aliens. This argument is invalid because at the time when it was ratified there was no “illegal aliens” because immigration was unrestricted. Meaning, walking across the border of Mexico to the United States made somebody a resident alien automatically, and if a subject happen to give birth while being a resident alien, their child was automatically a citizen as well. The Civil Rights Act of 1866 was the first ... ... middle of paper ... ... The controversial debate should result into nothing being altered because American in general would change drastically. Birthright citizenship was given fairly to the children of undocumented immigrants by the 14th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1866. The largest minority groups in the United States contribute to the economy. A study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, found that documented workers earned 0.15 percent, or about $56 per year, less at firms that hired undocumented workers than they would at firms that hire only documented ones (Planas). Every immigrant that comes to this country, legal or illegal, face difficult challenges. They leave behind their homeland and risk it all when they try to establish life on new land. Immigrants are risk takers and they made us who we are today, and that’s why birthright citizenship should not be questioned.

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