We are told by the apathetic elites who run our culture that illegal aliens can invade our border, force themselves in, give birth to a baby, and steal our American birthright – and there’s not a darn thing we can do about it. Moreover, we are then stuck with the welfare, health care, and education tab for people from the most impoverished countries, while we have our own teenage pregnancy and poverty problems. We won’t cut a single dollar of the welfare state among Americans. Is it too much to ask that we stop funding welfare for the entire world under the false pretenses of immigration policy?
Although the overwhelming majority of the caravan is male, a number of pregnant women have made the trip north in order to game out our scandalous birthright citizenship policies. Once again, we see this all about magnets, not about border resources or wall funding. The AP reported today that a 19-year -ld pregnant woman, with a two-year-old child, was growing impatient that we are only allowing in 100 invaders per day (so much for stopping the caravan!). She rushed through in order to get arrested. She told agents she was going into labor and was sent to a hospital in San Diego, where she gave birth.
Here’s the money quote from the article: “Maryury Serrano Hernandez, 19, told the network giving birth in the U.S. was a ‘big reward’ for the family’s grueling journey.” According to Fox, she supposedly climbed the border fence, even though pregnant, and then surrendered to the Border Patrol. Which, as we’ve warned before, is why a border wall is meaningless if we allow insane policies to continue.
Think about this for a moment: She is a 19-year-old who just gave birth and has a two-year-old son, and now, because of the TV scholars who twist and ruin our Constitution, the child will get an American birth certificate, and we will be responsible for this family for the rest of their lives. Who is looking out for the forgotten taxpayer? What’s worse, she said she wanted to connect with “family” in Columbus, Ohio, which means she likely has other illegal relatives. It’s a vicious cycle of illegal immigration chain migration. Look up the dictionary definition of sovereignty – “free from external control” – and you will understand that we are literally experiencing the opposite. We don’t control our own destiny as a people; we are controlled by the whims of invaders enabled by a corrupt ruling class and court system.
During the October debate over birthright citizenship for illegal aliens, I pointed out that Wong Kim Ark, the very court case proponents rely on for birthright citizenship of illegal aliens, used the word “domicile” in some form over 20 times to describe the type of immigrant eligible for citizenship and explicitly qualified it as “so long as they are permitted by the United States to reside here.” Our current brilliant legal scholars would have you believe a pregnant fence-jumper is domiciled with permission to reside here.
Yet Republicans are passing a budget today ignoring all of our severe immigration reform needs, and they are doing so by acclamation, without a recorded vote!
It is one of our founding principles since colonial times that immigration, being an elective policy of a sovereign nation, should only be a positive for Americans and never a liability in terms of public charge, health risks, or public safety problems. It is codified in our current laws that immigrants may not be a public charge on the nation. Yet the Center for Immigration Studies just published an analysis of Census data showing that “63 percent of households headed by a non-citizen reported that they used at least one welfare program, compared to 35 percent of native-headed households.” In states like California and Texas, the number topped 70 percent! Medicaid use among non-citizen families was 50 percent, as opposed to 23 percent for native families.
We refuse to enforce the public charge laws against even illegal immigrants. By far, more illegal immigrants are a public charge than legal ones, which is why the CIS study used a specific data set of the Census that includes illegal immigrants in its analysis. Many advocates suggest that they are not eligible for welfare, but this is why unconditional birthright citizenship is such a problem, because it gives illegal aliens access to the system on behalf of their children whom they insidiously ensure are born here.
What happened to the president’s promises of A) not letting in the caravan; B) stopping catch-and-release; and C) enforcing public charge laws? What happened to the inaugural promise that “the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer” and his complaint that “we’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own”? We are still defending the borders of Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, and Somalia, but not our own.
Unfortunately, the political class keeps telling us that unelected judges can declare the Constitution binding on all 7.7 billion people of the world. Consequently, if the Constitution extends to them, evidently so does the welfare state.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.