Letters to the Editor

Illegal aliens

A federal case moving to trial in Texas could provide a means to stop the practice of extending automatic U.S. citizenship to children born to illegal aliens.

Donald Trump recently called for legislation to end that unpopular practice, which polls show Americans oppose by more than two to one, and even Jeb Bush admitted that it’s legitimate to call those children “anchor babies.”

The Pew Research Center estimated that 340,000 children are born annually to citizens of Mexico and other foreign countries. This does not include those born to birth tourists primarily from Asian countries. These babies enable the parents to access a variety of programs intended for U.S. citizens that you and I struggle to pay for with our work and taxes.

The Texas case is still in its pretrial stage, but an explosive document filed there by the government of Mexico adds fuel to the debate that Trump touched off. The legal brief includes a sworn affidavit by Mexico’s consul general that openly admits Mexico’s official policy is to encourage its poor people to migrate here illegally in order to access our generous welfare system. The advantage of birthright is immense: free birth costs, food stamps and temporary assistance money.

Rep. Steve King has stepped up to this challenge and already has 27 co-sponsors for his bill (HR140) to define citizenship.

Betty Homyer, Granite City