Readers may be aware that in most cases babies who are born in the United States are considered citizens of this nation. This is true even if their parents are not U.S. citizens. The birth of a baby in the U.S. to noncitizen parents sometimes creates a situation with which the nation has a hard time reconciling. Should the parents of children who are here without documentation be sent home? If so, do the kids—who are citizens of the U.S.—go with them?
We have previously written about how the President of the United States of America has attempted to address the matter. Last year he issued the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents. The order—which has been placed on hold pending legal action—would provide protection from deportation to among others, qualifying parents of children who were born in the U.S.
While those legal matters are pending, some legislators are seeking to change citizenship rules. Specifically, where children of immigrants who entered the nation without documentation are concerned, some are seeking to end birthright citizenship. The presumption some who are behind the idea have is that immigrants travel to the U.S. specifically to have their babies born here so that they can be U.S. citizens. While in some situations this may be accurate, there are many other reasons why someone might choose to come the America, including to get away from violence in their home country that poses a threat to their lives.
This is not the first time that such legislation has been proposed. Previous attempts to change birthright citizenship have failed. Whether this will once again be the outcome remains to be seen.