Anchor Babies

August 11, 2010

From the Pew Hispanic Research Center comes news that should surprise no one. Apparently, eight percent of American newborns have at least one parent who is an illegal alien.

There are a number of interesting aspects to this CNN report, but perhaps the most pertinent detail is contained in the body of the story. An explanation of why the anchor baby question is so pivotal to the future of this country can be found in a landmark 1965 immigration law,

Under the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, the child may sponsor other family members for entry into the United States when he or she reaches the age of 21.

Family that encompasses much more than simply one’s own mother and father. In other words, chain migration. Why allowing unlimited chain migration to the United States-something facilitated by our current policies regarding anchor babies-is ultimately a disastrous prescription for the United States is something the Federation for American Immigration Reform explains quite well in one of its wonderful immigration briefs.

The fact is, even if we could afford to sustain the offspring of every alien that entered or remained in this country illegally-as well as those illegal aliens themselves-it would wreak unfathomable havoc on our country’s economic, political, and cultural institutions.

This study by the Pew Hispanic Center demolishes the myth that anchor babies-and the illegal alien parents, cousins, and distant relatives they bring in their wake-constitute a chimerical or exaggerated issue. Now we have to decide if we have the political willpower as a nation to do something that will address this problem before it grows any worse.

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