The Case Of The Birthright Citizenship

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Lies Attempt to Overturn the Birthright Citizenship
Many people travel from other countries to the United States in hopes of living the American Dream. My grandparents were among those people. They moved here in hopes of giving their children a better life than they, themselves, were accustomed to. The sacrifice and hardships they endured while traveling to America were worth so much more for our family’s success. My parents, aunts, and uncles were blessed to be citizens of the United States through the birthright citizenship policy, simply by being born on United States soil. In my family, we have paid back my grandparent’s debt, in full and so much more, to the government that believes immigrants burden the U.S. economy. As an illustration,
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In the article, “The Case for Birthright Citizen” it states when the 14th amendment was first adopted there was no category of illegal aliens. Problems didn’t arise until 1882, with the unpopular Chinese. The Chinese immigrated here to work as laborers, like most illegal immigrants. Although employers were eager to employ them other workers resented them because of their unpopularity and racial prejudice. This led to the first immigration restriction law in America, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 (596). This act discriminated against the Chinese. It was the root of immigration restriction and discrimination against undesirable immigrants, raising the government’s concerns and desire to overturn the birthright citizenship policy. Second, the people who would be discriminated against and targeted most are those who do not look white. Specifically, Mexicans and Middle Eastern individuals because of stereotypes of them being part of drug cartels and terrorist groups. Therefore, the government wants to repeal birthright citizens based solely on perceived …show more content…
Instead of fixing the problem it will create a larger one. For example, if the policy is overturned, over time it will increase the amount of unauthorized people in the United States. To illustrate, it would create an overflow of stateless children. In the article “This Is What Would Happen if We Repealed Birthright Citizenship” David Bularte states, “Ending birthright citizenship would result in a flood of newly created stateless children. In the United Sates, that would quickly become a humanitarian crisis” (as cited in Schartz, par. 3). In other words, the children could not gain citizenship where they were born, nor in the country where their parents are from because their parents also lost their citizen when fleeing the country, they originated from. That is to say, they will have no place to go and would be stuck here in the U.S. because no other country will claim them. As a result, the U.S. would have the burden of housing and caring for these stateless people in immigration detention centers or refugees’

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