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Center for Immigration Studies
October 5, 2016

Birthright Citizenship Policy Creates Downstream Problems
By Dan Cadman

The birthright citizenship that was accorded in the first place, and now (at least according to the Second Circuit) should act as the conduit to permit a hardened criminal who uses weapons in crimes of violence not only to avoid removal, but, irony of ironies, to actually end up walking out of deportation proceedings as a citizen of the United States. Does anybody else see a problem with this picture? A corollary, but more subtle, irony is this: Further up the road, when philosophically inclined analysts, such as our friends at the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse or the Migration Policy Institute or elsewhere, are poring over abstract immigration statistics, they will come across this anomaly, shake their heads once again at the dunderhead immigration enforcement agents, and wonder how it is that they don't know the difference between arresting a citizen or an alien. They will do this because the incredible back story will not be evident from mere statistical tables.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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