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View Poll Results: Should children born in the United States to parents who are not U.S. citizens be gra
Yes 3 17.65%
Depends upon whether the parents are here illegally (e.g. Visa, greencard, passport entry) 7 41.18%
No 7 41.18%
Other (explain with a reply) 0 0%
Voters: 17. This poll is closed

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Old 06-24-2020, 11:14 PM
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My vote is "other". I think they should be given citizenship. That doesn't mean their parents who are here illegally should get to stay just because they have a child who is a citizen. They must go back. If they abandon their child here, they should lose there parental rights. At the age of 18 the child should decide which citizenship they want.

Dual citizenship should only be granted to people who have parents without matching citizenship.
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The original purpose of "Birthright citizenship" as defined by the 14th Amendment, was to grant citizenship to the newly freed slave population as slaves were not considered "citizens" at the time. It was NEVER intended to be used as a means to grant citizenship to children of foreign nationals simply in the United States at the time of their birth. The parents of babies that just happen to be born in the United States, need to return to their home country and their children should accompany them as they are NOT citizens.
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I have to disagree, in general. This could only work if the biological parents willingly give up their parental rights. That chance is slim to none.

Considering the whoopla when kids were separated from their parents when they illegally came across the border, I highly doubt this would be tolerated well.
Yes, they would have to give up parental rights, or take them back to the parents homeland.
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I once would have said "Yes" here. But there are now so many "anchor babies" being born--the children of Mexican or Central American parents, who cross the border illegally, just in order to give those children American citizenship--that I can no longer support it unequivocally.

The poll was closed when I first saw it (today--July 3, as I write this); but I would now say that it depends upon whether the parents themselves are either American citizens or, at least, legal residents of this county.
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