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Beachcomber: Born in the U.S.A.

  • By David Barron
I love Bruce Springsteen’s song, “Born in the USA.”
My cell mate Shel, tells me it was a protest song about coming back from the Vietnam War, but nothing to welcome you home.
Nevertheless, being born in the United States is a blessing.
For years, women from throughout the world have sought  to deliver their babies while visiting or touring the United States.
Of course, it was sort of unplanned and unorganized for the most part and nobody was out to make a financial killing.
It wasn’t a big secret that certain overseas visitors scheduled their visits to relatives in the U.S. as close as possible to their “due date.”
Families who were legally here or native born Americans, sought to share their luck with less fortunate relatives in Europe and third-world countries.
It is universal knowledge that a person born in the U.S. is an automatic citizen with all the benefits and protections of citizenship.
I remember reading once that during the last century’s economic depression, many Latinos were forced on trains heading back to Mexico. The were brown skinned and must be Mexicans natiionals, they figured.
Most of them, especially the ones that were children eventually made their way back when they proved to be American born citizens.
During our wars, many men joined the military to serve because, as veterans, they would have an easy path to citizenship. I had a brother-in-law who came to the U.S. as a child. He joined Army and became a citizen while in the U.S. Army.
Hundreds of  thousands of immigrants from Europe came across the Atlantic ocean to provide cheap labor to our growing industries during the 1800s. Yes, they signed papers at Ellis Island, they then came to New York and lived under terrible conditions until after they got settled.
After they got a job, they had children, to sort of stake their claim on American. Their children would be citizens with full rights. For these immigrants, citizenship was  a dream in the distance future.
For many others, it was escaping from persecution because of the ethnicity or belief.
Today, I understand why there are so many that want American citizenship for their children. Despite all the problems we may have, it is still the “land of opportunity and freedom.”
Wealthy people can buy their way into the U.S. by making major investments in a business that will give employment. For that, they get a Green Card and a pathway to  U.S. Citizenship.
I understand why some entrepreneurs would buy up condos and apartments to set up maternity wards to enable women to give birth to their children here in the U.S.
I don’t particularly agree with the commercial process, but they are not the first to think of new ways to legly achieve resident status and citizenship.
First of all, they would be making lots of money by charging big fees and offering a home to a new U.S. Citizen.
What do you think? If someone is born in the United States should they get automatic U.S. Citizenship?

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