Op-Ed by Catherine J. Frompovich
“In summary, anchor babies, birth tourism and surrogacy are pushing the envelope of what are the rights of citizenship in North America,”  so says Canadian and U.S. immigration lawyer, Andy J. Semotiuk.
Why should that comment be of particular, fiscal and mid-term U.S. elections concerns?
The primary reasons are social, moral and legal issues, which should be front and center in the 2018 midterm elections, but seemingly are ‘lost’ within the manufactured milieu surrounding the politics of hate; fear mongering; and media ‘mischief’ to keep the voters in a constant state of propagandizing the spread of socialism, in total anathema to the U.S. Constitution, BUT the intended agenda for the New World Order crowd, the United Nations and the Illuminati. It’s all about control, control and more control.
There are far too many issues presenting themselves to discuss here, but the specific one my readers keep emailing me about is the influx of anchor babies and illegal immigration, which I will try to parse and ‘stitch together’ in this article.
First, do you know the difference between immigration and naturalization? It’s defined here.
The obvious foremost reason I perceive, from my readers’ emails, is the unfairness and apparent discriminations rendered and forced upon legal citizens of Canada and the United States in depriving natural-born, tax-paying, working legal citizens of often FREE lifetime healthcare that is rendered to children born to illegal immigrants who flock here to have “anchor babies”; participate in birth tourism; or aspire to a burgeoning surrogacy birth-mothering business that someone has to pay for as part of a legal birth-mothering contract aka “Legal Aspects of Domestic Gestational Carrier Agreements.”
Recently, I received comments from readers via email:
*Of course the president can end the citizenship of “anchor babies” by executive order — for the simple reason that no Supreme Court or U.S. Congress has ever conferred such a right.
*How could anyone — even a not-very-bright person — imagine that granting citizenship to the children of illegal aliens is actually in our Constitution?
*The Supreme Court has stated — repeatedly! — that the “main object” of the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment “was to settle the question … as to the citizenship of free negroes,” making them “citizens of the United States and of the state in which they reside.”
Supreme Court opinions on birthright citizenship were handed down during the first decades after the 13th to 15th amendments were adopted. Were these opinions suggesting those amendments apply primarily to freed slaves?
“(N)o one can fail to be impressed with the one pervading purpose found in (the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments), lying at the foundation of each, and without which none of them would have been even suggested; we mean the freedom of the slave race, the security and firm establishment of that freedom, and the protection of the newly-made freeman and citizen from the oppressions of those who had formerly exercised unlimited dominion over him.”
Supreme Court opinion in the Slaughterhouse cases (1873)
*Sixteen years after the 14th Amendment was ratified, the Supreme Court held that an American Indian, John Elk, was not a citizen, despite having been born here.
Instead, Congress had to pass a separate law making Indians citizens, which it did, more than half a century after the adoption of the 14th Amendment. The law is titled, “THE INDIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT OF 1924.“) [3-4]
Why would Congress do that if simply being born in the U.S. were enough to confer citizenship? [CJF emphasis]
*The laws of the United States do not allow for mass entry into the country, e.g., as those who currently are marching in caravans toward our southern borders.
One reader emailed specifics about Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, which I found questionable so I decided to check those stats for myself. Well, my reader’s email was not wrong!
According to a PolitiFact 2010 article, “Fact-checking the claims about ‘anchor babies’ and whether illegal immigrants ‘drop and leave’,”
To offer a concrete example, we found a 2006 article from the Dallas Morning News about Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, a safety-net facility for poor residents. As many of 70 percent of the roughly 16,000 women giving birth annually at the hospital were immigrants who were in the U.S. illegally, according to one survey cited in the story.
Another article, published in the Washington Post on July 18, 2010, featured a Shanghai-based firm that charges $14,750 for a three-month stay in a center in California. The package includes “two months before the birth and a month after,” according to the article. “A room with cable TV and a wireless Internet connection, plus three meals, starts at $35 a day. The doctors and staff all speak Chinese. There are shopping and sightseeing trips. The mothers must pay their own airfare and are responsible for getting a U.S. visa, although (the firm) will help them fill out the application form.”
It is now 2018.
According to a report by the Pew Hispanic Center, a think tank that has done extensive research on immigration policy, 3.8 million undocumented immigrants have at least one child who is a citizen. “Most children of unauthorized immigrants — 73 percent in 2008 — are U.S. citizens by birth,” the center says. That’s up from 63 percent in 2003.
It is now 2018.
Here’s another Dallas News telling article from 2010: “Across Texas, 60,000 babies of noncitizens get U.S. Birthright.”
The above article goes on to say:
Still, the debate could resonate in Texas, where not only 1.5 million illegal immigrants are estimated to reside but at least 60,000 babies are added to their households annually.
A comment in another email stated:
The Dallas Morning News article followed a Hispanic woman who was a patient at one of the clinics and pregnant with her third child—her previous two were also born at Parkland. Her first two deliveries were free and! the Mexican native was grateful because it would have cost $200 to have them in Mexico. This time, the hospital wants her to pay $10 per visit and $100 for the delivery but she was unsure if she could come up with the money. Not that it matters, the hospital won’t turn her away. (I wonder why they even bother asking at this point.)
The above information pertains to one hospital in the southern border State of Texas.
What about the notoriously free-bee State of California? How about the other U.S. states?
Well, on this website you will find a chart listing Immigrant Births State by State. For 2012 to 2016, the following states had the largest numbers reported:
We estimate that the cost to taxpayers for births to immigrants (legal and illegal) is roughly $5.3 billion — $2.4 billion of which is for illegal immigrants.
Births Paid for by Taxpayers.
The public cost of delivery or post-partum care is paid for by Medicaid under the “pregnancy care” provision administered by the states. Medicaid will pay for a delivery in almost all cases if the mother is uninsured or has a low income, though some mothers without insurance may not even realize the program has paid health care providers. Illegal immigrants and most new legal immigrants are ineligible for Medicaid, but the program will still cover the cost of delivery and post-partum care for these mothers for at least a few months. Funding for Medicaid comes from both the federal government and the states.
Who picks up the tab for that? You, Us, We, the taxpayers!
But there’s an irony in all of it, in my opinion: We, who foot the bill for people who don’t enter the USA legally nor contribute to the costs of healthcare, have to pay for their children’s free-bee benefits frequently for years on end, but we must pay exorbitant medical insurance premiums for often sub-standard health or sickness care!
The above system is totally UNFAIR, unless of course, it is the result of a perfected political strategy ginned up in Democratic party politics that will enable future Democratic voters, if and when, illegal immigrants may decide to become naturalized citizens, or even vote without being a naturalized citizen. That happens a lot!
What doesn’t seem to comport with me as a retired healthcare professional, health and data researcher-journalist-author since the late 1970s, former government relations specialist representing holistic healthcare before Congress and federal agencies, and a political commentary columnist for a newspaper at one time, is how the masses think free-bees can last.
Didn’t Founding Father Benjamin Franklin say?
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
How about Margaret Thatcher’s infamous quote,
“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”
Wasn’t it Vladimir Lenin who said?
“Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.”
Was this a warning about unlimited entitlements from Alexis de Tocqueville?
“The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.”
Were these Milton Friedman’s apparent words about the liberal agenda?
“We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes non-work.”
What’s the “take away” from the illegal immigration conundrum? Remember, I’m a fierce Independent with NO party affiliations, per my Pennsylvania voter’s registration.
My educated – not opinionated – comments include:
- Congress and SCOTUS must clarify the U.S. immigration laws;
- Revision of the U.S. healthcare system for more equity and fairness for those paying exorbitant healthcare insurance premiums by reducing coverage for “anchor babies,” as we pay for that additional healthcare for which we receive nothing in return.
That revision alone could see a tremendous reduction in illegal immigration and individual state’s medical bills!
Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.
Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.
Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.
Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)
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