Most people try to avoid getting arrested. No ordinary person wakes up in the morning and says, “I hope to deal with cops and a judge today.” Ending up in handcuffs is a guaranteed way to have your week, year, or life derailed — plus, there’s all that paperwork.
But for an illegal alien who traveled from Central America to the U.S.-Mexico border, being detained by Border Patrol ended up working to her advantage. Now, the incident is raising fresh concerns about policies which only incentivise illegal immigration and mass caravans.
According to KNSD / NBC News in San Diego, a woman named Maryuri recently hiked to the border as part of a much-publicized caravan while she was in her third trimester of pregnancy. Her goal was clearly to have the baby in the United States at almost any cost … and she did.
“Maryuri was more than seven months pregnant when she left Honduras on Oct. 17 with her husband, Miguel, and their 3-year-old son,” KNSD reported. “The family trekked across the countries of Guatemala and Mexico, traveling north by foot and by bus until they reached Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.”
It’s worth pointing out that Tijuana has perfectly acceptable medical facilities and hospitals. Maryuri could have given birth within Mexico, but she didn’t. Instead, she illegally crossed into the United States, risking her and her unborn child’s safety.
“According to the Customs and Border Protection officials, on Monday, Nov. 26, agents assigned to patrol the Imperial Beach coast spotted the pregnant woman attempting to cross,” stated the NBC station.
She was taken into custody, but had serious labor pains the very next day. U.S. officials took her to a hospital in San Diego, where she gave birth to a son.
Here’s the important part: Despite the fact that Maryuri had entered the country illegally and neither her or her husband are Americans, her newborn became a U.S. citizen the moment he was born … which was almost certainly what the migrant had sought all along.
It’s exactly the kind of scenario that has critics including President Donald Trump using the term “anchor baby” to refer to birthright citizenship. As this case shows, there’s no denying that the policy has become a giant magnet for illegal immigrants.
“There are at least 4.5 million born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants,” Breitbart News pointed out. “The U.S. and Canada are the only nations in the developed world that offer birthright citizenship in these cases.”
It’s also very likely that the illegal immigrant’s hospital stay was paid for by U.S. taxpayers … and that’s before even talking about the benefits and welfare available to the newborn who is now a U.S. and California citizen, but whose parents are not.
“Illegal immigrant births make up 11 percent — or about 198,000 — of all paid for by American taxpayers. Legal immigrant births make up 13 percent — or 231,000 — by comparison,” Breitbart explained.
Why is the left so fierce in their defense of birthright citizenship? It could be that they’re just oh so kindhearted. Or, just maybe, it has to do with changing U.S. demographics and creating a large Democrat voting bloc.
“In the next decade, the CBO estimates there will be at least another 600,000 born to illegal immigrants in the U.S., which would put that cohort on track to exceed annual American births,” Breitbart also pointed out. Re-read that sentence and think about it for a moment.
Conservatives can be sympathetic to true refugees fleeing oppression, support lawful immigration, and still recognize that our border policies are out of control. These are not contradictory positions.
It’s time for the country to have a serious conversation about birthright citizenship and so-called “anchor baby” policies. The reality is that it is being used in ways previous generations didn’t anticipate, and is causing serious strain on border states and the nation overall.
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