For kids of undocumented immigrants, being born in the US might not mean automatic citizenship. Conservative state lawmakers have outlined plans to end birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants.
Some say it’s crazy talk — particularly since the 14th Amendment of the Constitution explicitly states that citizenship is a right granted to anyone born on US soil. That’ll make the bill pretty hard to pass, but the NY Times calls the issue “the next immigration battle.”
The bill has stirred an uproar, with some blaming birthright citizenship for the country’s influx of undocumented immigrants, and others saying that the bill will create a “modern-day caste system.”
But my all-time favorite quote is from Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican state representative from Pennsylvania.
“We want to bring an end to the illegal alien invasion that is having such a negative impact on our states.”
Did you hear that, people?! Aliens are invading!
But really, beyond all the extraterrestrial talk, the debate is actually pretty thought-provoking for me personally. I was born in England, but the Brits made it really hard for kids of immigrants to get citizenship and so I’m still from the motherland, Hong Kong. I wonder if my life would have been any different if I were of British citizenship…
Read the heated back and forth among NY Times readers here.