At the present time, any child born in the United States immediately becomes a citizen of our country. People are using this right to exploit the entire immigration policy. Some people come to the United States illegally so that their children can be born here and at birth become citizens. Then the parents claim that since their children are naturalized citizens they have a right to remain in this country because their children are citizens. If they are separated from their children, they will be deported and their families will be broken.
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Perhaps we need a change in our constitution. Maybe we should say that children of parents who are here legally will be granted citizenship. Children of parents that are here illegally, will not be granted citizenship. If these children and their parents wish to become legal residents and citizens of the United States, they may apply for citizenship as immigrants. In the meantime, children of illegal immigrants will not be granted U.S. citizenship at birth, but may apply for citizenship in the countries from which their parents came illegally while awaiting permission to become U.S. citizens.
That would solve a lot of immigration problems.
Wallace M. Olson
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