WASHINGTON, April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A high-immigration group called the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) recently released a report on the alleged costs of ending the current application of the 14th Amendment's Citizenship Clause. The report claims that if the United States were to stop granting automatic citizenship to children born here to foreign tourists and illegal aliens the result would be increased cost to taxpayers, a caste system, a shadow economy and a national ID card, among other things.
A new Memorandum from the Center for Immigration Studies explains why the NFAP report's fears are unfounded. While there may be plausible arguments for maintaining our current citizenship rules, the new CIS paper, "The Alleged Costs of Ending Universal Birthright Citizenship: A Response to the National Foundation for American Policy", addresses and debunks the NFAP's claims. The paper is online at www.cis.org/Alleged-Costs-of-Ending-Universal-Birthright-Citizenship.
Among the findings:
- A costly bureaucratic overhaul would not be necessary as the United States already has most of the means in place to administer tighter citizenship rules.
- Ending citizenship at birth to the children of tourists and illegal immigrants would not require Americans to sign up for a national ID card.
- A narrower application of the Citizenship Clause would not result in a caste system or stateless children.
- Underground economic activity, which exists regardless of citizenship rules, can be curbed through better enforcement of immigration law.
- Congress can likely change the current application of the Citizenship Clause through a simple legislative fix.
The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent research institute that examines the impact of immigration on the United States
Contact: Jon Feere, (202) 466-8185, [email protected]
SOURCE Center for Immigration Studies