After yet another heart-tugging article on how Trump should deal with Obama’s Dream Act children, we feel it necessary to point out the flaw in their logic…
…and the same argument applies to anchor-babies some claim are citizens.
Nowhere in settled law does it say stolen goods may be legally kept.
Receivers of stolen goods have no right to ownership of those goods.
Lest we forget, American citizenship is a valuable commodity.
If parents stole an art collection, then gave it to their children, not knowing it was stolen doesn’t give the kids ownership privileges of that illegally acquired collection.
And, little sympathy is spared for the (often) long and expensive legal hassles to clear their name, so they themselves don’t go to jail as receivers of stolen property.
How is it any different from taking back stolen citizenship? Emotional as it may be, ‘Dreamers’ and ‘Anchor-Babies’ are receivers of stolen goods; i.e. citizenship.
How to deal with them is a separate issue, but they are not American citizens. The fallback method should be deportation with the illegal parents or family members.
In a situation where their circumstance precludes deportation, it might be possible to issue a humane ‘territorial-citizenship’ status similar to resident Puerto Ricans.
Puerto Ricans living in the U.S. who maintain island residence status can’t vote in general elections. A designated ‘territory-at-large’ status would be very similar.
Bottom-line…our American citizenship status should not be cheaply treated.
(And the hidden benefit of a territory-at-large citizenship concept? If they can’t vote in general elections, Democrats will stop using them as a wedge issue.)