Currently, there are about 250,000 children were born in the U.S. to undocumented parents in 2016. That is about 6% of all children born in the US that year. In 2007, that number peaked to 390,000. But still, 250,000 is still too many. That number should be down to zero.
The question about who deserves, or is entitled to birthright citizenship is tied to perceptions of how much it drives illegal immigration from Mexico and Central America. Birthright citizenship is an irritant to President Trump, who vows to do away with the problem.
But the report explains even further that about 70% of birthright citizens were born to parents who had been in the U.S. for at least five year, and another 20% to parents who had been in the country for more than 20 years, meaning a very small percentage of illegal immigrants are engaging in illegal “birth tourism.” This also leads to chain migration, where other family members of these kids are allowed in, and taxpayers support them for the rest of their lives.
No matter, this bleeds our benefits system dry, which was originally designed to take care of our own citizens, not immigrants.
Trump said he plans to sign an executive order to end birthright citizenship, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has said he will introduce legislation with the same purpose, as the legality of such an executive order is disputed. I say good, let this go all the way to the US Supreme Court, and get this settled, once and for all.