Anchor babies are a subject as we move into the 2020 election as well as Immigration, both legal and illegal, remains a hot debate..
Rasmussen recently conducted a poll on the subject, and support for anchor baby citizenship doesn’t even reach a majority. Further, if a pregnant woman enters the country illegally to give birth, a strong plurality doesn’t believe she should be allowed to stay.
Only Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters nationwide believe that a child born in the United States to an illegal immigrant should be considered a U.S. citizen. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 41% disagree and 10% are not sure. .
In contrast, in the case of a pregnant woman who enters the country illegally and gives birth, just 32% believe she should be allowed to remain in the country. Forty-seven percent (47%) do not believe she should be allowed to stay while 22% are not sure on the matter.
it’s not enough to simply be born on American soil. You also have to be subject to the jurisdiction thereof. Are illegal aliens subject to the jurisdiction of the United States government? If we look at the findings in Plyler v. Doe, the answer would appear to be yes, but the concept hasn’t been challenged in court recently.
At least for the moment, a child born on American soil is considered a citizen and the mother can’t be prosecuted for coming to the country for the purpose of skirting immigration law. But anyone helping her do so can be punished. In February of this year, we saw the first ever arrests of individuals in California for operating so-called “birth tourism” operations.