So, who noticed this little ditty out of Southern California the other day?
It seems that authorities discovered in the Los Angeles suburb of San Gabriel, what’s being called “a maternity tourist center” – a house were pregnant women come to give birth so their babies will automatically be United States citizens.
HHMM. What could possibly go wrong with that?
In this case, all the women were Chinese who evidently paid thousands of dollars to give birth here, Associated Press reports.
Officials called the discovery unusual and said it may indicate “that birthright citizenship is being exploited as a lucrative business.”
I’m not convinced that this, or at least this concept, is so unusual and I’m also not so sure it’s the operators’ monetary gain that’s the most troubling aspect of it.
Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates stricter immigration limits, called the San Gabriel operation “a serious problem,” the story notes. But it’s evidently not illegal.
The story notes that women from other countries have for years traveled to the U.S. legally on tourist or student visas to have their babies because our laws entitle anyone born on U.S. soil to U.S. citizenship, the story says.
Unlike nearly anywhere else in the entire world, a baby born here, even to illegal immigrants, is granted automatic citizenship under the 14th Amendment to the
This amendment was designed to prevent anyone questioning the citizenship status of newly freed slaves – a noble and probably necessary maneuver the need for which has long since passed.
The story also says some mothers stay here after giving birth under the mistaken belief that having a child born here gives them citizenship, too. It doesn’t, but it does put immigration authorities at a distinct PC disadvantage when trying to enforce the law in cases like this because they must either separate families like Nazis or slavers, or ignore the law.
The article notes that some mothers go back to where they came from “convinced a U.S. birth certificate will afford their child more opportunities in the future.”
But what if a better future isn’t the motive of having one’s child born here?
What if one is sent with a different agenda, like raising an America-hating jihadist in some hostile, Islamist country and sending him here 18 or 20 years later to wreak havoc?
The 14th Amendment is a concept that has outlived its usefulness and has become a liability with the potential to help do us in.
One need not be an anti-immigration isolationist to see the problem, here, which is illustrated so well by the discovery of this in-name-only U.S. citizen-making mill.
The article notes that Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King sponsored a bill that would limit automatic citizenship to people with at least one parent who is a citizen, a legal permanent resident or who served in the military, which makes some sense. But the legislation has gained no traction.
This may be because suggesting anything that limits in any way the free flow of anyone from anywhere into the county, legally or not, is considered a sign of racial intolerance in some circles and could easily get one labeled a bigot.
According to the story, El Monte Democrat Rep. Judy Chu, said “traveling to this country to give birth is not a common practice” and said “The 14th Amendment is fundamental to the U.S. and too important to change because of the practice of a few.”
But, unless she knows something the rest of us don’t, Ms. Chu has no idea how common the practice is.
Authorities have found one operation. We don’t know how long it’s been going on or if there are other, similar ones or others with a similar goal but that operate differently.
The story also quotes a university law professor specializing in immigration who said “birthing tourism is a tiny fraction of the flow of immigrants and tourists into the United States,” though, again, I don’t know how she knows this. And besides, how many maternity-tourist-born jihadists does it take to do us harm?
The mayor of the town in which the citizen baby mill was found said foreign nationals who come to America to have their babies “should certainly be commended for looking at the future welfare of their children, but we need to be very careful that as a result it doesn’t impact services and quality of life that we provide for U.S. residents.”
And that, I think, is only the tip of a much larger and potentially more dangerous iceberg.
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