Argument Against Birthright Citizenship : Chain Migration

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Arguments Against Birthright Citizenship: Chain Migration One major point policymakers argue against birthright citizenship is the fact that it incentivizes illegal immigration and can lead to a never ending series of chain migration. Chain migration occurs when the child can sponsor their parents and apply for their legal citizenship in the United States. Once the child turns 18, they can sponsor a foreign spouse and unmarried children of his own. When they turn 21, they can sponsor their parents and any siblings. From there, the sponsored spouse/siblings/parents can sponsor their foreign-born parents and siblings, and these parents/siblings can sponsor their own foreign-born spouses and siblings. This process continues indefinitely…show more content…
Not including the cost of education, Los Angeles County estimates that illegal immigration and birthright citizenship cost taxpayers over $1 billion each year (Feere). Argument Against Birthright Citizenship: National Security Finally, national security is one of the largest criticisms of the current birthright citizenship policy in the United States. Those in opposition point to Anwar al-Awlak, a citizen as a result of the birthright law, who had direct connections to the 9/11 terrorist attacks (Reasoner). Anwar was birthed to non-immigrant parents from Yemen and spent many years living and studying in the United States. Anwar is notorious for his role in the 9/11 terrorist attack where he “acted as a spiritual advisor to three of the 9/11 hijackers” and reportedly was also was in communication with the Army major who went on a killing spree at Ft. Hood, Texas. He is also known for his counseling of the “Christmas Day Underwear Bomber” and also was a figure for inspiration for Faisal Shahzad, the perpetrator of the failed 2010 Times Square car bombing attempt (Reasoner). Although he was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison in Yemen, Awlak had a lasting impact on the question of national security in the United States. With birthright citizenship, many people fear that many foreign

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