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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Arkansas Republican Congressmen Co-Sponsor Bill Stopping "Anchor Babies

Arkansas U.S. Representatives Steve Womack, Tim Griffin and Rick Crawford have joined 56 others as co-sponsors of Congressman Steve King of Iowa's bill, have signed onto immigration legislation seeking to halt the problem of so-called "anchor babies. They issued a joint statement, saying that automatic citizenship for a baby born in the U.S. to non-US parents encourages law-breaking and illegal immigration. All three Congressmen are veterans having served in the US Military.

The present issue of "anchor babies" is not an issue based in the Constitution as many people believe. The issue rests in a current law.  The King bill would change the present  law that recognizes that babies born on U.S. soil and not removed from the US are American citizen except for certain situations.  Situations like children born to parents residing temporarily in the United States but having an allegiance to another country. Imagine the children of a Communist leader visiting the US for a UN meeting or serving at their county's embassy being granted American citizenship just because their births happened to while they were in the United States.

A major problem has occurred with the significant numbers of illegal aliens entering this country illegally and then having babies in the U.S.  According to the Pew Hispanic Center, approximately 340,000 of the 4.3 million babies born in the United States in 2008 were the children of illegal aliens. The is also the problem of legal visitors entering our county for the purpose of having a baby.  Also, significant numbers of  visitors skip on their expired visas and do not returning to their home country.  Many reside illegally in the US and also have children. 

This bill if passed would still allow babies born in the US to be citizens by birth on American soil only if at least one of the baby's parents is a citizen, a legal permanent resident, or an alien resident who served in the U.S. armed forces.

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