« on: October 16, 2004, 12:55:06 PM »
The kids qualify for medicaid, which the parents *sometimes* abuse. They are also entitled to an education (ain't nothing wrong with that). Citizenship by birth is antiquated. We don't need to provide incentives for immigration anymore, and we have to consider our resources. I'm not saying cut off immigration, just that new policies need to be adopted with respect to citizenship. I say this as the son of an immigrant and as a foreign-born US citizen. In south Texas, it isn't uncommon for a woman to walk across the Rio Grande (the spanning ditch that it is) just to have a baby on US soil. Should neighboring nations have an advantage over other countries with respect to emmigration to the US? Perhaps. But there must be some concept of fairness...I think reforming citizenship laws would be a good start. Defining citizenship as a right...not sure. A privilege is more like it. Citizens have a responsibility to society and aren't just there to reap the benefits. We've lost site of this when we talk about America as a free country. A free society must be one where the citizenry participates actively, which means voting, obeying the law, being productive, raising children, educating the masses, and paying taxes. When it comes to immigrants, citizen should only be granted when a person has established a true understanding of the duties involved. The first one they can demonstrate is obeying the law, which means coming to the US legally. It's a slippery slope, obviously.