In its most recently released polling results, Rasmussen Reports found that 65 percent of Americans oppose anchor baby citizenship, 63 percent support immigration checks at routine traffic stops while 60 percent put border control ahead of amnesty. This month, dissatisfaction with granting automatic citizenship to aliens’ children hit an all-time high.
Few subjects generated such lopsided polling. And those that did were painfully obvious topics: 90 percent pay more for groceries than they did last year.
Usually, politicians like to be on the winning side of issues that their constituents feel passionately about, either pro or con. But this is only sometimes true on immigration issues.
Two Congressional bills propose to end birthright citizenship, which the Supreme Court has never ruled on, by requiring that at least one parent be a United States citizen or a legal immigrant. In the House, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) introduced the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 and in the Senate, Sen. David Vitter has a companion bill, S. 723. The bills have 80 and 4 cosponsors respectively.
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, 200,000 anchor baby citizens are born each year. In my opinion, based on 25 years of teaching in a California public school in the San Joaquin Valley, 200,000 may be a conservative figure.
To allow the anchor baby citizenship policy to continue means that pressure on social services, schools and the environment will continue unabated and indefinitely.