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Anchor Babies Sue U.S. Government

Anchor Babies Sue U.S. Government

OCTOBER 05, 2006

The U.S. Constitution grants automatic citizenship and a plethora of benefits to the children of illegal aliens born in this country and now those anchor babies are suing the government to prevent their undocumented parents from being deported.

A coalition of immigrant advocacy groups has filed a federal lawsuit in Florida on behalf of dozens of anchor babies who prefer to live in America rather than in their parents’ native country. Advocates representing the kids say that, by deporting the parents, the government is telling the citizen children that they can go back with them or stay and be wards of the state. This amounts to being treated like trash, according to one representative.

Ironically, the lawsuit’s premise is that the U.S. Government didn’t enforce its own immigration laws to begin with and therefore millions of undocumented people were allowed to live, work and have families over the years. The suit says that the government has lost its right to deport the illegal parents because it has failed to do so for years and the rights of the anchor babies take precedent over laws that would divide their families.

The term was adopted because the U.S.-born children not only automatically qualify for a variety of benefits, they provide permanent residency for immediate family members – mother, father and siblings – and the link to future citizenship. Each year between 300,000 and 350,000 anchor babies are born in the U.S., most of them in California, Texas and Florida.

The cost to U.S. taxpayers is astronomical and many hospitals report that most of their maternity-ward activity involves the delivery of anchor babies. An example is a Stockton California hospital (San Joaquin General) that delivered 2,300 anchor babies – that is 70% of its deliveries – at a whopping cost of several hundred million dollars.

The newborns automatically get supplemental security income in the form of federal grant money and food stamps, free state and federally-funded medical insurance as well as a free public school education in the later years. All because the 14th Amendment, ratified in 1868 to protect the rights of native-born Black Americans, guarantees that all persons born in the United States are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside.

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