Interesting story from Ireland “[Irish]
voters have overwhelmingly approved a plan to do away with a constitutional
provision granting automatic Irish citizenship to any child born in Ireland
or the neighboring British territory of Northern Ireland…”
The U.S. government currently interprets the first sentence of the 14th
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as requiring that anyone born in the U.S.
is automatically a citizen — an interpretation very similar to the
constitutional provision the Irish have just voted down. This has led to
the phenomena of “obstetric tourists” and “anchor babies”: women from abroad
(especially South Korea, now increasingly China) getting pregnant, coming to
the U.S. for delivery, and going home with a U.S. citizen.
This interpretation of the 14th Amendment is not the only possible one.
There is plenty of wiggle room in the phrase “subject to the jurisdiction
thereof,” and if we ever turn our attention to constructing a rational
citizenship/population policy, this is something we should debate.
(That is, of course, a mighty big “if.” Attempting to start a debate on
this point at the present time will get you tagged a “nativist,”
“xenophobe,” and very likely “racist” — filled, of course, with “hate” –
by the massed forces of Political Correctness. As to holding a referendum
so that U.S. citizens can vote on a topic like this — Heaven forbid!)