Friday, August 6, 2010

U.S. citizenship should demand more than birth

Commentary: It's time to change the law and require some other 'linkage'

By Thomas Kostigen, MarketWatch

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (MarketWatch) -- What makes us citizens of the United States? Is it merely being born here? According to the U.S. Constitution it is.

But many people -- and I am one of them -- would like to change that. Let me be clear: I don't believe that we are interpreting the 14th Amendment incorrectly, as many people say that we are. (They say the amendment was only intended to apply to African Americans, and has been corrupted.)

I think that we, as many nations have done over the past two decades, need to update our immigration laws.

The U.S. operates on a "jus soli" basis, meaning that if a child is born on U.S. territory he or she can claim American citizenship. There are even reports of this being turned into a business. Hotels are reportedly now offering "birth tourism" packages. Apparently the child born in the U.S. could then be considered what some are calling an "anchor," making it easier for parents and relatives to acquire green cards. Continue Reading at


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