Birth Right or Birth Plight??

Crossing the boarder illegally!

Another day near the border into California!
Another day near the border into California! | Source
On a recent morning, several illegal aliens waiting in line for food, at a church in Ventura, California
On a recent morning, several illegal aliens waiting in line for food, at a church in Ventura, California | Source

The real numbers of illegal aliens are?

It is estimated that there are about 11 million illegal aliens living in the United States today. However many researchers and scholars that study this subject tirelessly put the estimate at closer to 40 million. Fred Elbel, of The Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform, devoted an entire study to the topic in 2007, titled the 'The Social Contract'. In 2005, which was 9 years ago, the Border Patrol Local 2544, put the number of Illegal Aliens at 15 to 20 million. The disparity in figures, indicates one thing, that trying to get a fair and accurate number of people that are engaging in illegal activities, is probably impossible. The reality is that a earnest number regarding illegal aliens, is impossible to gather. They are not here illegally, and do not willingly make their presence known to any entity.

One issue that is not in dispute by any individual or entity is the fact that when a person is born in the United States, they are an American citizen, regardless of the legal status of their parents. In some corners, the babies born to illegal immigrants are called "anchor babies". It basically means that the child born, can never be deported, and has the full rights afforded to any American under the US Constitution. Many wonder, at what costs are these babies afforded those rights? On a recent visit, to a county social service office in Ventura County, indicated that the waiting room had over 150 people that were seated and had numbers. The numbers indicated the person was waiting to talk to a social worker about food stamps and or general relief, which is welfare payments. The announcements that were heard on the loudspeaker were said first in Spanish then in English.

An informal survey of the room counted 130 Hispanic adults and children in the room waiting for their numbers to be called. Many of the children seated in the room were accompanied by adults that could not speak a word of English! During this same random survey, over 40 woman waiting in the room were visibly pregnant. All of the 40 had at least one young child with them, several had more then one.

If only half of 25 million illegal aliens have only two children, that makes 25 million 'anchor babies' being born at any one given time. The figure of 25 million is extremely conservative as is, two children being born, many illegal aliens are known to have at least 5 children. People that are not in the United States legally are not entitled to food stamps, or general relief payments, but the children are born in the United States, they are entitled to food stamps, welfare, Medical/Medicaid, and whatever it is they need.

California, the most populated state with 40 million people, probably shoulders most of the illegal aliens and anchor babies in the country. However California can't absorb the entire burden. A trip to any urban and not so urban city all across the United States, will reveal the numbers of illegal aliens are migrating east in record numbers. Are these numbers a true burden? Even with marginal reason and logic, the most liberal die hard idealist would if being honest concur, that it is in fact a huge burden. A burden to the tax payers, that shoulders most of the cost of these 'anchor babies' born to mostly poor migrant farm workers, that not here in the country legally.

These children are being raised by illegal aliens that are being exploited in the fields all across the nation for 3 to 5 dollars an hour. They work long hours, sometimes as many as 16 a day. They aren't here legally, they have no rights, regarding working conditions, wages etc. The age old argument is that the people that employ them, are equal criminals, and should be justly punished. They should be, but they aren't. The illegal aliens continue to work, and their children are almost 80% more likely to be involved in illegal activities such as gang activities then their Hispanic peers that have parents that are here legally.

A trip to any social service agency in Southern California, on any given day will reveal a large number of illegal aliens, accompanying their children who are born here and are legal citizens, and whose food stamps and welfare, supplement the migrant farm workers meager salary. It's another day in the land of eternal sunshine, where long food lines all over Los Angeles and Ventura and other counties in the Southland, usually yields more illegal aliens then any other group.

Perhaps it's time to evaluate the rights of babies born to illegal aliens? A right that is clearly and flagrantly being abused every second of every single day. It's probably prudent to release some of the water before the dam breaks, or is it better to just wait for the break, and try to mop up the damage? Sound off below, what do you think?


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John Holden 2 years ago

Do you not think it would have been better for your country if instead of moving manufacturing capacity to the far east, your corporations had moved it to Mexico?

OK, they wouldn't provide enough jobs to employ everybody who was in the US illegally, but well paid jobs would revitalise the economy.

You can't expect people to stay in the land of bread and water when the land of milk and honey is just a few steps away.


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Donna Thomas 2 years ago from Southern California Author

Easy to say that from your UK vantage point isn't it? If they want to be here that badly then do things correctly, learn the language, take pride in your homeland, become a citizen and be accountable. Do you realize that anyone that is legally issued a social security number here in the US, has at least 10 illegal aliens using their number? Every single number! I can go on and on, but I just illustrated the highlights here!


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John Holden 2 years ago

But have you thought that they may not want to give up their nationality, that theirs is a purely financial move. Give them some reason to stay at home and many would take it.


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Donna Thomas 2 years ago from Southern California Author

@Jim Holden, the bottom line is, the constitution was written over 200 years ago, the failure of the country to address certain obvious issues is to the detriment of the people that are presently citizens. Their welfare, and overall well being should be first and foremost, and it seldom is anymore! There is only so much money, so many resources, there is not an endless fountain here. The fountain now is very clearly running closer to being empty every second.


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John Holden 2 years ago

John not Jim.

So give them some incentive to go home.


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Donna Thomas 2 years ago from Southern California Author

Sorry about that John, maybe the flood gates should be closed for now, what about that? Perhaps the birth right issue should be revisited? We are the only country in the world that has that law, we are paying a very hefty price right now as a result of the law. Shouldn't be incentives, to make people obey the law, period end of story. Shouldn't be rewarded with jobs, and welfare and medical care for endless amounts of children, because you were able to come here illegally while avoiding detection. There should be no rewards for that, no other country in the world allows this and we should have stopped decades ago. The whole thing is preposterous!


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John Holden 2 years ago

No, you aren't the only country in the world that has that birth right law.

Neither are you the only country in the world to have illegal aliens (or immigrants as we call them in the UK)


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Donna Thomas 2 years ago from Southern California Author

what other country in the world allows you to be a citizen with full legal rights, regardless of the legal status of the baby's parents? Which country? If I went to the UK, and as an American had a child there, the child would be a British citizen? If neither parent was? Name a country that has 40 million plus illegal aliens? Which country is that?


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John Holden 2 years ago

If as an American parent you had a child in the UK that child would automatically be a British citizen. As would any child of any parents of any nationality be British citizens.

The nature of illegal immigrants is that nobody knows how many there are. I'm quite sure that proportionately we have as many immigrants as you.


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Donna Thomas 2 years ago from Southern California Author

there are 30 countries supposedly that grant citizenship to people that are born on ships planes etc. or can prove, some type of political hardship in their own country! However we are talking apples and oranges. There is no other country in the world, where this law applies, and the sole purpose of the people that are seeking this benefit, is to defraud and abuse the law, for their own financial gain. Furthermore, can you live your entire life in these other countries, and gain employment, drive a car, own property, while never learning the native language of that country, and never becoming a citizen?? I think not, we can play word games, but the end result is, we as a nation are in serious trouble as a result of this issue, and other like issues!


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John Holden 2 years ago

I'm sorry for misleading you. Children born to foreign parents no longer have an automatic right to British citizenship.

Remember these immigrants serve your masters a useful purpose in keeping wages down.


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Donna Thomas 2 years ago from Southern California Author

this is a really simple issue, there is not enough money nor, resources to take care of all those legally here, that are in dire need of help and services. There are Vietnam Veterans, lying on the street homeless, with missing limbs, drowning in mental illness on the streets rotting away, as the illegal aliens and there anchor babies pass them by on their way to the welfare office to activate their snap cards, if you think that's ok, great I don't. Something should have been done decades ago, if things don't radically change, I see further decay on all fronts here, I don't see things miraculously getting better!

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