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    In the past any child born in the United States are automatically granted a U.S. citizen, regardless if the parents are in the country temporarily or illegally. But in recent years, this long lasting privilege of birthright has been questioned and became one of the major debates over immigration and citizenship. Many Americans believe that The United States should continue to give citizenship as a right of birth because it would create a split within the newly migrated families, hurts diversity and may need an amendment to the constitution. On the other hand, there are some Americans who oppose birthright citizenship because they see it as undeserved or assume it encourages women to enter the country illegally to give birth.


    Ending birthright citizenship would “severely harm families by creating splits within newly immigrated families, placing unfair burdens on new immigrants, and disabling the American dream.”(In Defense of Birthright Citizenship). Recently, approximately 2 million families face the risk of being split up because the children are U.S.-born citizens but the parents are illegal immigrants. Separating the undocumented parents from their U.S. babies would increase the the number of illegal individuals who will try to join their children. Deporting the parents to their homelands would create pressure, stress and a lifelong trauma to the immigrant families.


    Eliminating birthright citizenship would discourage immigration, which brings diversity to the country and decrease cultural diversity. Disposing birthright citizenship would decrease the incentive to come and bring spouses and other family members with them and limit the number of immigrants entering the country. Having individuals from different backgrounds have always been an essential part of our nation’s throughout its history, and will be the key to our economic future in diverse states. Denying rightful and legally protected citizenship to children born in this country would minimize economic growth at a time when we can least afford it.



    Based on all the above stated reasons I think the United States should continue to give citizenship as a right of birth. But what what do you think, should the United States continue to give citizenship as a right of birth and join the majority of developed countries in requiring that at least one parent be a citizen?




    Based on all the above stated reasons I think the United States should continue to give citizenship as a right of birth. But what what do you think, should the United States continue to give citizenship as a right of birth and join the majority of developed countries in requiring that at least one parent be a citizen?

  • We should keep birthright citizenship in the US.

    We should keep birthright citizenship in the US. If a person is born here they should have every right to citizenship, even if their parents are in this country illegally. The focus should be preventing illegal immigration, not punishing innocent babies who are born on U.S. soil by taking away their ability to be a U.S. citizen.

  • Yes, it's only fair.

    Yes, I think we should keep birthright citizenship in the US. It's only fair that a child born in this country be considered a citizen of this country, and be eligible for all rights accorded to a US citizen. It would be morally wrong to expel a child born in the US.

  • It's only fair

    Regardless of the parent's citizenship status at the time of a child's birth, if the child is born in what is considered U.S. territory,that child should be a U.S. citizen. While the legal evolution of requirements for citizenship still continues, the prevailing sentiment has always taken the child's point of view. Which,given the world we live in and the prejudice exhibited towards outsiders, is amazing.

  • No, we shouldn't keep birthright citizenship.

    I do not believe that the United States of America should keep birthright citizenship. I think that it is an outdated law that doesn't really benefit the United States much in any way. I think that if two illegal aliens were to have a kid in the United States, that kid should still be considered illegal.


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