CBS kicked off a series dubbed Immigration Nation by focusing on the very youngest native born US citizens. Byron Pitts told us that 300,000 babies are born on American soil each year to foreign mothers who are in this country illegally. Those women can apply for green cards 21 years later when their children qualify as sponsors. Pitts profiled such long term planning along the Texas border by recounting the story of Fabiola, a six-months pregnant Mexican who crossed the Rio Grande illegally so her baby could be a yanqui. Meet Elliott, whose rights are guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.
Pitts argued that this form of gaining citizenship is so appealing that it strains the budgets of maternity wards at Texas hospitals: fully 40% of the citizens born at the McAllen Medical Center have visaless foreign mothers. Rep Lamar Smith (R-TX) has proposed repeal of the 14th Amendment, calling it "fundamentally wrong."
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