Birthright Citizenship

So the other night a friend of mine and I were talking about a variety of historical and citizenship issues. Real quick we both said that we thought that it was unreasonable to automatically give someone citizenship simply because they are born on US soil. I thought that was true but something that would not be approached for a long time, as far as a policy change. Well this morning, by way of the Corner, I found a blurb on Free Republic that talked about this in New Zealand.

Changes to the Citizenship Act mean there are tighter rules on children acquiring citizenship at birth.

It will only happen now if at least one of their parents is a New Zealand citizen or is entitled to be in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Tokelau or Niue indefinitely.

I think that this would be a great policy here. We don’t want people scheduling their vacation visa to coinside with delivery time. Also, this has been a common theme in illegal immigration. Because, if an illegal has a baby who is a citizen, do we strip the parent away and send them back? That doesn’t seem reasonable but neither does rewarding illegal behavior. So why can’t we pass legislation to take care of this problem? Some people just say that it is because we have to many democrats, and sure that is a problem. Could the other problem also be that the Republican Party is scared? Scared of seeming mean, uncaring and losing the minority vote? Maybe the Republicans should do this just because it is right? Just some musings.

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