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Anchor Babies and Jeb Bush on Trial in Texas

The First Lady of the Conservative Movement, and our longtime friend, Phyllis Schlafly has posted an excellent article on Townhall explaining that a federal case moving to trial in Texas could provide a means to stop the practice of extending automatic U.S. citizenship to children born to illegal aliens.  

Jeb BushRepublican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently called for legislation to end that unpopular practice, which polls show Americans oppose by more than 2 to 1, and even Jeb Bush admitted that it’s perfectly legitimate to call those children "anchor babies." 

The Pew Research Center estimated that 340,000 children are born annually to citizens of Mexico and other foreign countries who are living illegally in the United States, and that doesn’t include children born to "birth tourists," primarily from Asian countries, which the Center for Immigration Studies estimates could be as high as 36,000. These children are called "anchor babies" because their presumed citizenship enables their parents to access a variety of benefit programs intended for U.S. citizens, and makes it so much easier for the entire family to continue living here illegally. 

The Texas case is still in its pretrial stage, but Mrs. Schlafly explains that an explosive document filed there last week by the government of Mexico adds fuel to the national debate that Trump touched off. The legal brief, which includes a sworn affidavit by Mexico’s consul general for Texas, Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, openly admits that Mexico’s official policy is to encourage its poor people to migrate here illegally in order to access our generous welfare system. 

The brief begins by declaring that "Mexico is responsible to protect its nationals wherever they may be residing," and a footnote clarifies that under the Mexican Constitution, "Mexican nationality is granted to children born abroad of a Mexican born parent." In other words, anchor babies born in this country retain their parents’ nationality, which means their citizenship belongs there, not here. 

Liberals claim that our own Constitution guarantees automatic U.S. citizenship to all children born on American soil, and it’s true that the Fourteenth Amendment begins with the words "All persons born or naturalized in the United States . . . are citizens of the United States." But behind those three little dots is an important qualification: "AND subject to the jurisdiction thereof." 

What that forgotten phrase means is that when someone born here is "subject to the jurisdiction" of another nation, that child does not become a U.S. citizen unless the laws passed by Congress so provide (and they don’t).  

By filing its legal brief and submitting sworn testimony in the Texas case, says Schlafly, Mexico is officially declaring that children born to its citizens living illegally in the United States remain "subject to the jurisdiction" of Mexico. 

The Mexican consul, in his sworn testimony, says that "My responsibilities in this position include protecting the rights and promoting the interests of my fellow Mexican nationals" and "The main responsibility of consulates is to provide services, assistance, and protection to nationals abroad."  

Mexico’s assertion of continuing jurisdiction over its "nationals abroad," observes Schlafly, is inconsistent with any claim to automatic U.S. citizenship merely by reason of birth on U.S. soil. 

The Texas case was filed on behalf of about two dozen mothers who admit they are citizens of Mexico living illegally in Texas. The women complain that without proper ID they cannot get birth certificates for their Texas-born children, and that without birth certificates they can’t enroll in Medicaid, food stamps, Section 8 housing, and other U.S. taxpayer-provided benefits. 

Like other states, Texas issues a birth certificate to a close relative only upon presentation of a valid ID issued by a U.S. federal or state agency. These restrictions were adopted to combat the growing epidemic of identity theft, whose main cause is the widespread use of forged or fake documents by illegal aliens. 

In order to assist its citizens living here illegally who cannot get the required ID, Mexican consulates issue an official-looking document called the matricula consular which includes a laminated photo. Of course, Texas rightly refuses to accept such foreign identity documents which it has no way to verify. 

The basic allegation of the lawsuit is that by refusing to accept the matricula consular as proper ID for obtaining a birth certificate, Texas is somehow violating the Fourteenth Amendment by depriving anchor babies of U.S. citizenship.  

On the contrary, says attorney Phyllis Schlafly, their reliance on a foreign identity document proves they are "subject to the jurisdiction" of a foreign power and thus not eligible for automatic U.S. citizenship. 

The Texas lawsuit was concocted by a group called the South Texas Civil Rights Project, which was founded in 1972 as a spin-off of the ACLU. It was assisted by another leftwing legal outfit, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, whose largest supporter, the Legal Services Corporation, collected $375 million of U.S. taxpayer funds in the current fiscal year observed Mrs. Schlafly. 

We think Donald Trump has a knack for getting right to the heart of establishment Republican hypocrisy, and especially Jeb Bush hypocrisy, and his point about Bush differentiating between Asian anchor babies and Hispanic anchor babies is right on target, because there is no differentiation – they are both subject to the jurisdiction of a foreign nation

As Mrs. Schlafly so cogently explained, wealthy Asians, particularly Chinese, and poor Latin Americans make a point of having children in the United States for the same reason; to access the benefits American citizenship confers upon their children. 

So Jeb Bush’s distinction between the two groups makes no sense, logically. But it does prove a point we’ve made before. And that is that Jeb is a “gringo aplatanado,” or American who has “gone native” and adopted Latin American culture as his own. 

From identifying himself as “Hispanic” on a voter registration form, to his refusal to acknowledge that the same argument against granting birthright citizenship to the offspring of birth-tourists applies to the offspring of illegal aliens, Jeb Bush just can’t bring himself to fight for the sovereignty of the United States, the quality of life of America’s hard-pressed working citizens and the preservation of American exceptionalism.

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Anchor Babies and Governor Jeb Bush

Governor Jeb Bush is right illegal aliens come here, have more than one child that automatically become citizens of the U .S. while their parents are illegal and receive benefits they are not suppose to be getting they expect the government to take care of these so-called anchor babies and these children costs the country a lot of money and is putting the country into deeper debt .Some of these illegal aliens who are getting government benefits are law breakers and trouble makers and their children grow up to be like their parents and become menace to society. America can afford to take in some illegal aliens that come here for a better life and don't want to break the law these illegal aliens can be helped by getting green cards to live the American dream and support their families. America does not need any more thugs and criminals who threaten the wellbeing and safety of American. If Governor Jeb Bush wins the Republican Presidential nomination he should make it his first priority to get rid of these illegal aliens and send them back home because they are a burden to the country and a liability. Go Governor Jeb Bush.

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This post is indicative of why the establishment Republican Party is a dying brand. Jeb Bush IS THE PROBLEM! If he's elected President (please Lord, not another Bush) he plans to grant blanket amnesty to millions of illegal aliens with no plan to screen out "law breakers and trouble makers." The notion that "America can afford to take in some illegal aliens that come here for a better life and don't want to break the law these illegal aliens can be helped by getting green cards to live the American dream and support their families" contains both a fallacy and an oxymoron. An illegal alien has by definition already chosen to break the law and these law breakers are "living the American dream" on the backs of working Americans whose jobs they have stolen and whose taxes pay for the schools, parks, hospitals and other infrastructure illegal aliens use.