A real problem with immigration is what to do with anchor babies, that is, the children of illegal immigrants, babies who are now citizens. The parents of these babies often had, as one of their motivations to have a child, to protect themselves from deportation and getting eventual citizenship. For the government can’t “yank the baby out of the parents’ arms and deport the parents.”
Presently any woman, from any country, can come to the United States and either be pregnant or get pregnant, and then have the baby on American soil. According to the U.S. constitution, the child is automatically a U.S. citizen.
Then the women — because she is a “single mother,” even though she might have a committed common law husband — will get, besides her eventual citizenship, over $40,000 a year of goods, services and benefits. These include (with a conservative estimate of the amounts per year in parenthesis): health care ($10,000); free housing ($10,000); pre-school, regular school, special education for English, and other educational services if needed ($15,000); food stamps ($5,000); cash allowance ($5,000); miscellaneous services ($5,000).
It is simply impossible to stop illegal immigration when the U.S. offers over $40,000 of goods and benefits — plus eventual citizenship — to all women in Latin America and elsewhere, who can get their feet on American soil.
Liberals may contend that Americans should be good people — “this is who we are.” These women with their border babies just want a better life for themselves. Also, so as to not be “racists” we shouldn’t even call these children “border babies.” We should call them “new American citizens, equal to every other child.”
The problem with this idealistic/unrealistic moral demand is the question, “who pays for it?”
The U.S. is already $20 trillion in debt. If this gets up to $30 trillion, the game is over. We are Greece.