Birthright Citizenship - United States - Federal law
Birthright citizenship is a federal law provision that grants all children born within the United States automatic citizenship regardless of their parental heritage (Lacey par 1). U.S and Canada are the lone developed countries that offer automatic citizenship to all children born regardless of their parental origin. In modern times, there have been suggestions for abolition of birthright citizenship (Grier 42-95). This paper will show that controlling birthright citizenship is not the solution to contemporary immigration issues. In addition, this paper will show that automatic citizenship ought to be extended to all children raised in the United States.
The current interpretation was intended to reflect the population policy of the government. In the initial years of the American nation, there was inadequate workforce to power development in the country. Therefore, the government adopted an approach that increased the chances of becoming American citizens. In those times, there were no requirements. In fact, even the property ownership principles were different. For example, due to the perception that America was virtually empty, the original settlers just camped on the site and then obtained the necessary paperwork.
[...] Eight percent of the entire births in the United States come from at least one alien parent. This shows that the proposition that people take advantage of the law is real. However, the majority of these births also have the complication of having one parent as an American citizen. The best example is President Obama (Wood 17-52). His father was an African student, and his mother is an American. All this implies that the country is all set to make changes to the policies that determine how the state views children born in the United States (Grier par 3). [...]
[...] The example provided in the paper about children born outside the country and brought along with their parents at an early age will reflect the lives of children born in America by immigrants. It would be unfair to condemn them to the same lives of slick pay, hiding and exploitation by employers that their parents have lived. Work cited Feere, Jon . "Birthright Citizenship coverage in the United States: A worldwide Comparison Center for Immigration Studies." Center for countries Immigration Studies. N.p Aug Web Apr Grier, Peter. "14th Amendment: is birthright citizenship in reality in the Constitution?(USA)." The Christian Science Monitor 11 Aug. 2010: 42-95. [...]
[...] In addition, deporting their parents if they are discovered and leaving them in the country deprives them of the opportunity to have a proper family structure in their formative years (Preston par 15). Ethical considerations A country belongs to its citizens. Therefore, all Americans are the collective owners of the land, and the government is in place to enforce their wishes. This country is composed of immigrants, similar to the ones who are being denied citizenship in the contemporary times. [...]
[...] There are propositions that there are better models of granting citizenship to people who live in the United States. For example, before a person is granted birthright citizenship, their parents, or at least one of them, would be required to be an American citizen. In this way, all children born to alien parents have to acquire citizenship in other ways. In this way, the issue of mothers timing their deliveries to coincide with visits to the country would no longer be a problem. [...]
[...] In addition, this paper will show that automatic citizenship ought to be extended to all children raised in the United States. The current interpretation was intended to reflect the population policy of the government. In the initial years of the American nation, there was inadequate workforce to power development in the country. Therefore, the government adopted an approach that increased the chances of becoming American citizens. In those times, there were no requirements. In fact, even the property ownership principles were different. [...]
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