My partner and I stand in firm affirmation of the resolution; Resolved: Birthright citizenship should be abolished in the United States. To clarify the defining subject of this debate we offer the following definition:
1. Birthright citizenship as defined by James C. Ho of the Mason University School of Law, is the legal application within a nation-state of Jus Soli - right of the soil - AND Jus Sanguinis - right of blood. This is the widely accepted definition as laid out by the 14th amendment.
Contention One: (Birthright Citizenship Encourages Anchor Babies and Birth Tourism)
Birthright citizenship incentivizes “anchor babies” for illegal families. Basically an illegal couple will sneak across the border and have a baby in an American emergency room, that baby becomes a citizen of the USA. Thanks to American immigration law’s family-reunification bias, the family has to stay here because the baby is a citizen in America and cannot be deported along with its parents to the country of their origin. In 1993, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors reported that two-thirds of births in Los Angeles County hospitals were to illegal aliens, mostly Mexicans.
According to a report by the Pew Hispanic Center, 3.8 million undocumented immigrants have at least one child who is a citizen." Most children of unauthorized immigrants -- 73 percent in 2008 -- are U.S. citizens by birth," the center says.
That's up from 63 percent in 2003. These statistics...