It doesn’t take the author of The Art of the Deal to see that anchor babies are a bad deal for the United States. When illegal immigrants are given the full privileges of citizenship merely for the act of having a child within the physical confines of the United States, it devalues citizenship for us all.
Anchor babies are a legal way for someone to skip the line and bypass all of the vetting done to much more highly-skilled prospects who wait patiently for years to have their chance at the American dream. It’s no wonder President Trump has been such a vocal opponent of these bad-deal policies.
If you talked to most liberals about ending anchor baby policies, they would act like you are trying to outlaw apple pie or something. Giving citizenship to anchor babies is not some great American institution. There is absolutely nothing in the Constitution about it.
The open border types like to point to the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” However, they conveniently gloss over the part about being “subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” Just because someone happens to be standing on American soil doesn’t necessarily put them under our jurisdiction. They are subject to the jurisdiction of the nation who’s citizenship they hold. Any legal or constitutional scholar worth their salt will say the same thing. Anchor baby policies are not constitutionally protected. The only thing they are protected by is supremacist judges.
If these policies are so bad and have such flimsy legal standing, you are probably wondering what it would take to get rid of them. The truth is all it would take to fix this huge gap in our immigration system is for Congress to make the change. That’s exactly what conservative legislators have been trying to do for years and they need our help. If we are going to shake Congress into action, we must let our legislators know that we want no more anchor babies in America.