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Data Shows Birth Tourism is Rare

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The Tea Party - those lovers of the Constitution - have been ready to trash the 14th Amendment's right to birthright citizenship lest they think it might have the impact of increasing immigration. But the data shows birth tourism, one of the key concerns opponents of the 14th Amendment tout, is quite rare. According to a report in USA Today:

While birth tourism is real, there is little proof the practice is widespread, even in border states such as Arizona, where last year less than 2 percent of babies were born to non-resident mothers.

In 2008, slightly more than 7,400 children were born in the U.S. to non-citizens who said they lived outside the country, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The figure was the most recent available. The number includes children born to women studying at U.S. universities, international visitors as well as so-called birth tourists.

While births to illegally present immigrants is significant, let's at least put aside the canard that people are coming over in droves to have their children in US hospitals.

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  1. gg's Avatar
    These numbers are minuscule compared to the number of kids US citizens give birth in other countries.
  2. JoeF's Avatar
    Of course, the antis don't care about the hard data...
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  5. Another Voice's Avatar
    I hope someone flashes the stats of this study top Obama on a question in the campaign.... Mr. President why should the Latino community vote for you again in 2012 when the evidence shows you are not exactly friendly to them?
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  7. Jack's Avatar
    "While births to illegally present immigrants is significant..."

    I agree. 8% of births can't be passed off as "negligible"--but I'm sure a lot of immigration anarchists would call it that.

    From AV's link:

    "The Obama administration announced on Thursday it will do a case-by-case review of deportations, allowing many undocumented immigrants without criminal records to stay in the United States indefinitely and apply for work permits."

    So let me get this straight...if you get caught in violation of immigration law, you won't just be let go but rewarded with a work visa?! The lawbreaker gets the prize over suckers who respect our law. Nice incentive system! You might be better off getting caught? Sounds bizarre but not unfamiliar: Remember that this has happened before under the Obama administration. E.g., they handed out 28 work visas to unauthorized workers snared in the Bellingham raid.
  8. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Jack, those are not work visas, those are EADs. There is a difference. And yes, it may be better to be "caught", assuming you can pass the criteria for remaining in the US, which I am not sure you yourself would be able to. Any arrests, DUIs, admitted use of drugs, memberships in militia organizations?
  9. George Chell's Avatar
    People who oppose birthright citizenship are afraid of white people becoming a minority in this country and try to postpone the inevitable as much as possible. It is racism plain and simple. It did not matter until white people did it in the early part of the twentieth century or after world war two. It is only an issue because many of these kids born in this country are not white or even if they look white are not considered white (Hispanics). They are also afraid of rich non-whites from China and other Asian countries showing up in private hospitals to have babies in order to get US citizenship. White people are afraid that the atrocities they committed during the Jim Crow and slavery days (did anyone watch the movie, the Help?) will come back to haunt them! They are afraid that the Chinese will take revenge for the Chinese Exclusion Act. I disagree! If the Chinese want to bring down this country and force the whites to use their second amendment rights (hunt for a living and to feed themselves) they would have done it a long time ago. They own part of our treasuries and our debt and they can bring down this country anytime they want! They dont need to send expectant mothers to this country to take over. However, the real thing the racists in the tea party group are afraid of is becoming a minority and yes, the Chinese females marrying American males and settling down in this country and dluting the white race! This is what Rand Paul and his old man and Michele Bachmann and supporters are afraid of! Heck, this is what the Brits are afraid of!
  10. Diane smithson's Avatar
    Anybody aware of the Chinese women coming here to give birth and then taking their AMERICAN citizens back to China to be raised in a communist country? Anybody believe there isn't something nefarious going on?
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