Anchor Babies: When Does Enough Become Enough?

Anchor Babies and Their Cost To The USA

14th Amendment and Illegals

There is a move underfoot to retool or alter the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The reason for this is due to "Anchor Babies." An anchor baby is when a mother comes to this country (illegally), nearly in labor, and goes to the nearest U.S. hospital to have her baby. It has happened so much until it has opened up a cottage industry. People from around the world contact businesses who set up the mother to have her baby in the USA. So, why is this happening? It's simple. Once a baby is born in the USA they are "covered " by the 14th Amendment. Once that happens, that baby is entitled to all the social programs that are drawing illegals from south of our border like a magnet. Jobs are a major attraction, of course. But, if the pro(re)gressives would be honest, they would acknowledge the social programs are the reason we are experiencing a tremendous surge in anchor babies. The economy is also a factor in this uptick of anchor babies, I admit. But, to put it simply, we can't take care of the world. Hell, we can't even take care of ourselves right now.

House Minority Leader John Boehner stated he is open to changing the 14th Amendment or, at the very least, change the way it is interpreted. Right now, everyone seems to think anyone born in this country is automatically a U.S. citizen. But, are they? Is that what the original intent of this amendment was intended to be? The 14th Amendment states, "All persons born or naturalized...are citizens of the United States and the state wherein they reside." Now, admittedly, that sounds rather cut and dry. There are no ifs, ands or buts there. But, consider this from"The United States did not limit immigration in 1868 when the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified. Thus there were, by definition, no illegal immigrants and the issue of citizenship for children of those here in violation of the law was nonexistent. Granting of automatic citizenship to children of illegal alien mothers is a recent and totally inadvertent and unforeseen result of the amendment and the Reconstructionist period in which it was ratified. " That is rather cut and dry also. There were NO limits on immigration in 1868 when the 14th amendment was passed! No one even considered the possible ramifications at the time with anchor babies. But, reality is, we have a problem that the 14th Amendment unintentionally is causing right now.

Amendments have been added in the past to correct wrongs. Women not being allowed to vote until the 19th Amendment was passed comes to mind. We have a problem with the 14th amendment right now. We have people south of the border taking advantage of it with anchor babies who are sucking us dry in social programs. In the state of Texas alone, 60,000 anchor babies are born there each and every year. This has to stop. No ifs, ands or buts about that either. Anchor babies, along with illegal immigration itself, has nearly bankrupt California. Now, liberals will say, we are doing this for political reasons, to energize the conservative voter. To that, I ask, do you really believe that the conservative base wasn't already energized after HCR, stimulus spending, cash for clunkers, federal spending, increased deficit, etc.,??? Some will say we are going after innocent babies in our fervor to stop "immigrants from coming here to seek a better life." Again, that is total liberal talking points BS. Illegals DO take away jobs from Americans. Their cheap wages depress American wages. Illegals are taking advantage of a loophole in our constitution. That is the reality of the situation that the left-wing won't discuss. Democrats want to politicize this debate. They always have when it comes to illegal immigration. Democrats are salivating at the chance for another voting block with the fastest growing minority group. Their intentions are transparent in that regard.

Demanding enforcement of our borders is now considered "racist ." Demanding ICE and the Border Patrol to apprehend illegals is called "breaking up families ." Demanding that we stop the anchor baby loophole of the 14th Amendment is called "politics in an election year ." Put the word "illegal" in front of any other word, except "alien," and no one blinks an eye. Put Illegal in front of "alien " or "immigrant " and the sob sisters of the left-wing come out in full force with their professional demonstrators as we saw in Phoenix, Chicago and New York City a couple of weeks ago. The leftists have always politicized this debate. But, the time to stop the anchor baby loophole is now. The Democrats will not bring it up for debate, of course. But, next year, I expect to see Republicans bring this debate up again to a more receptive Congress. If they don't, then they can expect to face the fury of the "racists " who demand the anchor baby loophole be stopped, once and for all. We simply can't take care of the destitute of Central America, South America or anywhere else any longer. How about placing the Americans, who were born here legally, first for a change, Obama? Congress? One more thing; Show me all the nations on earth that allow birthright citizenship to illegals or tourists. The answer; the United States of America.

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Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

Writer - excellent Hub and excellent points made -- I'm in total agreement with you. Guess my bottom line is illegal is illegal -- enforce the laws we've got and right now and to hell with all the bleeding heart liberals. If I sound harsh, I am -- and have written on this very subject as it hit me personally and hard. Best, Sis

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francisid 5 years ago

it's pathetic to note the means people would go thru just to get what they want.

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francisid 5 years ago

people who scream the loudest are the ones who get free breakfast..

had they done what needs to be done in the first place,they wouldn't be termed illegals,and there'd even be no need for them to turn their bodies into 'birthing' machine.

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Writer David 5 years ago from Mobile, AL Author


Illegals have no respect because it is quite evident why they are here. The primary reason is to birth-drop babies within the confines of the U.S. border. This, to me, is as big or a bigger problem than illegal immigration itself. The two go hand in hand. One problem makes the other problem even worse. I have yet to see the Republican Congress bring up this subject since they won back majority status. What really galls me is these bleeding hearts that whine about the grown up anchor babies and the Dream Act. These children are placing their anger at the wrong people. They should be angry with their parents for bringing them here illegally. It is never too late for these anchor babies to learn what the word "illegal" really means. Apparently, that is something they did not learn in the taxpayer funded school systems that they took advantage of here in the USA.

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Terri Meredith 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

I think I'm seeing some people totally missing the point. The point is (from my point of view) that these Anchor Babies are born of men and women who are NOT citizens of this country, have NOT worked legally and paid taxes legally, and do NOT have legal permanent residences in this country. They come here to specifically give birth with the intention of grasping the very same benefits afforded to children and families where the parents ARE citizens, they HAVE been employed legally and paid taxes, and they DO have permanent residences within this country. In other words, they are bleeding the coffers dry while not bothering to pay into them.

You're 100% right. I don't see this as a left or right wing property. This is an issue that is threatening the entire social fabric of this country, as well as destroying the economy. As for jobs being done more's so much easier to do work for less when taxes aren't coming out of the paycheck. Or when living expenses are being paid by the taxpaying citizens while the illegal money earned is being sent back to another country and spent in a foreign economy which isn't doing a whole lot to strengthen ours.

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francisid 5 years ago

...everybody has the right to protect their citizenship and their rights.i pity those babies,if they are indeed born to protect the 'rights' of their parents.aside from being used,tomorrow is very uncertain for them.i hope these illegal aliens would think about these things first before trying this way out.

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Writer David 5 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

coderatz, that is a point I hadn't thought much about. The anchor babies of anchor babies is problematic. Yes, the 3rd generation that can't speak english says much more about the hispanics than I ever could. Of course, they will say they can't get the government to help them. The government, as if it is incumbent upon the U.S. government to help them do anything but to get out of our country.

CodeRatz 5 years ago

Don't forget, anchor babies have more babies. And those babies have more babies. So thanks to the 1st law breaker in the chain all of the descendents are US citizens.

I know some 3rd generation in just such a family who STILL cannot speak English. Nip it in the bud.

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Writer David 5 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

You say what does illegal immigration have to do with anchor babies? If there wasn't any illegal immigration, there would not be anchor babies. I thought that was just common knowledge and common sense. I don't care what your personal experience is. I'll even go further; anchor babies can't keep their illegal parents here as LONG AS THE ILLEGAL PARENTS ARE NOT CAUGHT. The mode is now to apprehend illegal employers and not illegal aliens. I don't understand why you keep harping on this. Please read the hub again.

If you think my entire hub was on anchor babies keeping their parents here, then you didn't understand what was said in this hub. The main point of this hub was on the 14th amendment (which you remain strangely quiet about) and how illegals take advantage of it. That is the premise of my hub. I don't see how you could have possibly missed that. I think your experience with the anchor baby issue is anecdotal evidence at best. You are inventing a strawman because you can't or won't comment on the 14th amendment being used by illegals to drop anchor babies here to take advantage of our schools, social services and anything else they feel they quailify for.

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habueld 5 years ago from Riverside, CA

Stick to the truth about illegal immigration and stop trying to scare people. The term anchor babies lead people to believe that these children can somehow help keep their parents in this country.

I know better from personal experience. I went through it. It is a myth and a lie and you and others are using it to scare people.

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habueld 5 years ago from Riverside, CA

I understand that you disagree with illegal immigration, however, what does that have to do with Anchor Babies? Illegal immigration is a problem, however, I'll say it again and this comes from personal experience, children born to illegals in the US cannot help their parents stay in the country. Show me facts or law that prove otherwise.

The whole premise of your blog was that these children somehow help their parents remain in the US. That is a lie. It does not happen unless they meet certain criteria.

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habueld 5 years ago from Riverside, CA

What are Anchor babies exactly. Definition please.

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Writer David 5 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

Reference your hub; basically you said anchor babies don't exist. If this is correct then you must think the 14th amendment does not exist. The 14th amendment was written with the idea that any child born of parents of U.S. citizenship, within the border of this country, was an American. No one thought, at the time, that people streaming across our borders would take advantage of this amendment. I quote directly from this hub that you must have overlooked:

"The United States did not limit immigration in 1868

when the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified. Thus there were, by definition, no illegal immigrants and the issue of citizenship for children of those here in violation of the law was nonexistent. Granting of automatic citizenship to children of illegal alien mothers is a recent and totally inadvertent and unforeseen result of the amendment and the Reconstructionist period in which it was ratified. "

There were no limits on immigration at the time of the 14th amendment. Thus, the law itself should not apply to citizenship for anyone who wishes to come to this country and simply give birth to a child. All this is covered at

I have no sympathy for those in this country illegally. None. Anyone who says there are no anchor babies here simply doesn't know what they are talking about. Sure, anchor babies can't keep their parents here. But, that doesn't stop illegals from staying here and taking advantage of social programs including free education and SSI benefits for the child. You can't dispute that. This country is generous to a fault. But, we can't take care of the world's indigent. We are now broke. This is at least due in part to illegal immigrants taking advantage of social programs they have no right to. Sorry, but you are completely off base on your comment and your hub is full of errors. No anchor babies? Tell that to bankrupt California.

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habueld 5 years ago from Riverside, CA

As I posted in my own blog. This idea of Anchor Babies is just another GOP scare tactic. Children who come here--I have personal experience--CANNOT keep their parents in the country until:

They are 18 years old and they can prove that they can support their families. That is the law. We really need to stop spreading myths. How do I know this--I lived it. Check out the blog.

919 y0ung~n 6 years ago

Stop the madness!!!

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The Shark 6 years ago from Hampton, NH

Hi Writer, good hub and all good points. I posted a hub on this subject. It was about about Sen. Menendez from NJ and his crazy behavior after Sen. Graham said we should look at the 14th amendment.

It is an obsolete law that was passed to nullify the Dred Scott decision that said Blacks could not be American Citizens. Following the Civil War the 14th Amendment was past nullifying Dred Scott making all now freed Blacks citizens. Seeing as all the slaves became citizens and are now all dead, it would seem the 14th amendment is no longer needed.

England did away with their anchor baby law a few years ago. It's time the liberals stopped screaming racism and started doing their job to protect America and our way of life. Just the term, Anchor babies, what does an anchor do? Sink and stop forward progress of a ship or in this case a nation.

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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author


Even though democrats say their plan does not provide amnesty, it is placing a very low price on breaking U.S. law and U.S. citizenship itself. They simply can't see this or they don't really give a damn. I am not sure which it is right now.

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NoAmnesty 6 years ago

I'm with you Writer David. No need to provide citizenship unless at least one of the parents is legal. Only the US and Canada allow this anymore, all other developed countries have put an end to it.

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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author

breakfast pop, the Democrats understand "illegal" all too well. The Democrats of today only support laws that further their left-wing, socialist agenda. Supporting citizenship for illegals is just one of those issues on their agenda.

Sheri, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. We have already given amensty to illegals at least once. It didn't work. What makes the pro(re)gressives think amnesty to illegals will work this time? I think none can answer that question.

Sheila, the 14th Amendment was not intended to reward illegal aliens with birthright citizenship. The Democrats realize this, of course. But, as I already stated, this does not further their agenda. They say we support the constitution, but now we want to change it for political reasons. To that, I say I find it amazing the Democrats are coming out and supporting the Constitution for a change. What a refreshing development, wouldn't you say? Personally, I think the only way this will be changed is in Congress. A Congress controlled by Republicans.

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sheila b. 6 years ago

A long time ago, when I was in high school and learned about the 14th amendment, it didn't make sense to me. Still doesn't.

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SheriSapp 6 years ago from West Virginia

informative, thoughtful, and sensible info know that drives the libs batty!! I think it is absolute insanity NOT to change this as we can all clearly see how it is exploited. If the libs love hispanics above Americans, they need to move south, we don't need to rip the fabric of America to shreds to accommodate new dem voters.

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

I will never understand why we don't seem to understand the meaning of "illegal" in this country. I believe, without question, that the practice of making these babies citizens is absurd and dangerous. Enough is enough. Where is common sense when you need it most?

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Writer David 6 years ago from Mobile, AL Author


Here's the thing; this is not about law abiding Mexicans or anyone else. This is about people breaking the law. This is about people taking advantage of the U.S. Constitution (with complicity from U.S. Politicians) with anchor babies. Those construction jobs should be going to Americans who did those jobs quite well. You point about them working cheaper is one of my points in this hub. This is being done by illegal employers. I blame the illegal employers and politicians more than I do those illegal aliens who come here.

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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Interesting article. I love the Mexican people and have several friend from there. For their safety, I want them to be in the USA legally and safe. i do not like the dangerous methods they come into the USA and the chance they have to being deported and separated from their families.

I see many of these guys working construction and other jobs that Americans used to work, but since they are better workers, and possible are accepting lower pay, they are working a lot of these jobs.

Keep on hubbing!

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