By Frosty Wooldridge and RN Stephany Gabbard:
Each year, 300,000 to as high as 350,000 pregnant women violate our borders or arrive with visas to birth their child to become a U.S. citizen via an abuse of the 14th Amendment meant for children of former slaves in 1865.
More disturbing: this “anchor baby” phenomenon allows the mother to stay along with her baby for the next 18 years on your taxpayer dollar. That includes hospital costs, food stamps, housing, medical care and K-12 schooling along with free breakfasts and lunches—paid for by you, the American taxpayer. Additionally, both your U.S. senators and House member have done nothing to stop it in the past 40 years. Costs hit into the billions and possibly trillions of dollars over the past 40 years. Ireland became the last country to stop that practice five years ago. It bankrupted them with so many illegals arriving pregnant from Africa.
RN Stephany Gabbard: My commute to work exceeds fifty miles but it gives me time to reflect. It is 1987 and I am an obstetrical nurse working in the crowded San Fernando Valley of California. Tonight I drive to my job in “Labor and Delivery,” knowing the scenario before I arrive. Eight other nurses will battle through the night in this very busy obstetrical unit. Our patients are 99 percent pregnant illegal alien women who have broken United States immigration law to birth an American citizen child.
This will be their families’ entry ticket into the United States. For them, no pesky visa applications and no waiting in line for several years like so many millions that enter this country through the front door. Pregnant Third World women have discovered that the only thing they have to do is cross the U.S.–Mexico border. The Fourteenth Amendment is their ticket.
It is now seventeen years later and things have worsened. The babies I helped deliver are older teenagers. When they turn 21, they will be eligible to bring their family members from Mexico, Central America and South America, i.e., chain migration on an ever-accelerating spinning wheel. Whole industries have now developed around abusing the Fourteenth Amendment. Pregnant Korean tourists come to the U.S. on travel visas to have their “anchor” babies. Coyotes dealing in human traffic are paid $1,500.00 to $25,000.00 per person to shuttle pregnant illegal aliens across our southern border. Our politicians and elites wink at this blatant law breaking and do nothing. The colonization of our country continues with the cooperation of our government. That means your senator and representative aid this illegal baby invasion. None dare call it treason. Most Americans mistakenly trust their politicians to do the right thing. Congressional members from every state betray that trust daily.
The Fourteenth Amendment: It’s a simple document, a constitutional amendment drafted after the Civil War to assure that newly emancipated black slaves would never be denied citizenship by the States. The drafters had no idea that years later it would be used to make a mockery of our immigration laws. Alan Wall, an American journalist living in Mexico states, “An illegal alien can cross the border, have a baby five minutes later, and that baby is automatically declared a citizen of the USA automatically.”
The illegal aliens don’t have to go through any legal doors. They are exempt from that. They are, in fact, rewarded for disobeying U.S. laws by having their children granted automatic citizenship. In addition, the happy family is entitled to welfare benefits. And, illegal alien parents who have children born in the U.S. are seldom deported. That’s why their children are called “anchor babies” – they anchor their families securely in the USA.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Most European countries have done away with birthright citizenship because they experienced the same abuses we are seeing. The Irish Supreme Court recently ruled that immigrant parents could be deported even if they have an Irish child. “It was becoming common for ‘single pregnant woman’ to come to Ireland from countries outside the 15-nation EU, most frequently from Nigeria, to claim political asylum,” states Shawn Pogatchnik, AP writer. Ireland saw a wave of immigration abuse and promptly put a stop to it. Recently, the Irish voted to end birthright citizenship. Britain and Australia both changed their citizenship laws in the 1980’s for the same reasons. If you are born in Switzerland you will not automatically become a Swiss citizen. Why should Americans allow our country to be invaded by people who do not honor allegiance to our laws?
Allegiance is the key word. Senator Jacob Howard, co-author of the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment, stated in 1866, “Every Person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction, is by virtue of natural law and national law a citizen of the United States. This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons.”
The Fourteenth Amendment states,”(A) Persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.”
However a proviso limits foreigners who have babies in America. It couldn’t be clearer, children of foreigners, aliens or diplomats, who are subject to the jurisdiction of their home country, are ineligible for citizenship. At the time the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified we didn’t have immigration laws. One hundred and thirty-eight years later we are paying for the misinterpretation of it.
Congress has the power to step in and correct this wrong, but don’t hold your breath. There have been several bills dealing with this issue and most have died in committee. Except for a few brave individuals like Tom Tancredo of Colorado and Rep. Goode of Virginia, there isn’t enough chutzpah on Capitol Hill to fill a thimble. Where are the Thomas Jefferson’s and Ben Franklin’s when we need them?
An important case, Hamdi vs Rumsfeld was recently heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Yaser Hamdi was captured during the Afghanistan war fighting for the Taliban. It was later learned that he had been born in Louisiana to Saudi nationals when his father was employed as a chemical engineer on a work visa. The family subsequently moved back to Saudi Arabia where Hamdi was raised.
Hamdi sued the U.S. government for holding him in a Navy stockade for two years. He demanded full rights of U.S. citizenship since by accident he happened to be born here. The U.S. government wanted Hamdi charged as a non-combatant and denied due process. Rumsfeld representing the U.S. government didn’t raise this issue because he wanted to end birthright citizenship but other groups saw the possibility to finally challenge this fatal flaw in our immigration law that is wreaking havoc on our country.
One such group, Friends of Immigration Law Enforcement, submitted a ‘friend of the court’ or Amicus brief. They asked the Supreme Court to address the issue of whether Hamdi should be considered an American citizen at all, since at the time of his birth his parents were foreign nationals with no fealty to this nation.
The decision came down last year and just like the rest of the elite establishment in this country the U.S. Supreme Court ignored the issue of birthright citizenship except for a brief statement by Justices Scalia and Stevens stating Hamdi was a “presumed American citizen.”
So we live to fight another day. In the meantime, the invasion/colonization of our country marches on. South Korean women can continue to visit www.birthinusa.com and plan their very pregnant United States vacations!
In Part II: The costs of anchor babies will have you reaching for Excedrin, Advil, Motrin, Paxil and Valium. And, you’ll still be sick to your stomach!
*Anchor Babies by Allan Wall, Frontpagemag.com, April 26, 2001
*Closing the Loopholes to Easy US Citizenship, Robin Blumner, Tribune
Media Services, 9/13/02
*Ireland Can Deport Immigrant Parents by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press Writer , January 23, 2003
*The Center for American Unity
Stephany Gabbard, RN, CLNC, is a Registered Nurse and Certified Legal Nurse Consultant specializing in disease prevention. She has worked in several County Jail Health Systems, witnessing first-hand the effects of disease in the jail population.
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