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Depends on what they are doing with their life. Productive citizens yes, criminal no. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Gotha, FL.
When you cross into our border you are illegal and all your children born here are illegal like YOU! they should not be citizens. congress needs to change the law and do it NOW and date in back years!. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Camarillo, CA.
Yes after a few years and going through citizenship process. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Rockland, DE.
Only if they have lived in the US their entire lives and have not lived in the parent's home land. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Raritan, NJ.
If they are born here they are citizens, however their parents may be deported as they have committed a crime entering the country illegally. They may apply for citizenship once they have returned to their native country. The child may stay or go and retain citizenship. 10mons ago from a Republican in Dayton, OH.
Children should be allowed to stay with permanent visa but not be allowed citizenship nor allowed to vote. 10mons ago from a Republican in Boca Raton, FL.
NO to citizenship, but upon review, grant visa good for 10 year to work towards citizenship. No other relatives allowed via chain migration. There again, there should be NO amnesty or anything if you have been here less than 10 years. 10mons ago from a Republican in Waterbury, CT.
If parents have found work and lived here successfully under our laws, then they should be able to apply for and given a way to become citzens. Children born here are citizens, but should be given a choice when they are 18 to return. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Harrisville, NH.
All children born here ARE U.S. citizens. All children brought here before 18 should be allowed to apply for and be fast tracked for citizenship, no military or other service required. Others with clean records should be allowed to apply. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Saint Louis, MO.
Why should the children of illegal immigrants be denied citizenship if our government was to lazy or incompetent to either keep their parents out of this country or expel them once they were here illegally. On the other hand, if the children of illegal immigrants are, themselves, criminals or some other unwanted people, they should not get the benefits of our country's freedoms. Children of illegal immigrants should be given an opportunity to gain citizenship by completing certain steps to prove their worthiness (or unworthiness) but not just be granted blanket citizenship just because they are here. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Monticello, NY.
Illegal immigrants children should be citizens of the family's origin not of where they are born. If the parents are here illegally they should not of been here to bare children. If a child is here illegally because of the parent they should be allowed to perform types of public service (military or other) to gain there citizenship,. 10mons ago from a Republican in Salt Lake City, UT.
Yes, especially after 4 years of military services and/or earning a college degree. Others should apply after they turn 18 and Congress needs to define a path for citizenship for all other illegal immigrants who come forward, obey our laws, pay taxes. etc. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Potwin, KS.
The borders need to be closed, all illegals shall be subject to fraud investigation, including identity theft. Only children born here to a father and mother shall be granted limited access to citizenship and no voting rights until they become american citizens. Paternity tests shall be made on all people who have collected any federal or state aid and back child support shall be paid before granting any citizenship access. None shall be granted immediate citizenship and none shall be give any privileges extending to other members of the family. they shall not be granted any special privileges including federal aid, housing, schooling and shall not be able to file a law suit because of past discrimination. 10mons ago from a Republican in Alameda, CA.
Children born to illegal parents should still be illegal immigrants.Born here should not make automatic legal citizens. Citizenship to illegal immagrants should be earned. 10mons ago from a Libertarian in Fort Wayne, IN.
Yes. ..but only after they graduate from High School. Since the American people paid taxes to support their education why waste that investment. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Beaufort, SC.
Yes they should have citizenship if they where born here yet they should leave with there parents if deported to not split up family and they may return if they pwant later in life. 10mons ago from a Republican in Pasco, WA.
For full uncompromised democratic rights for immigrants! Everybody who's made it here has a right to stay. 10mons ago from a Green in Saint Petersburg, FL.
Those born in the US are citizens virtue their birth, those who were brought in as children should have the option of accepting US citizenship at 18. 10mons ago from a Green in Mabelvale, AR.
Yes, children born here should be afforded the privilege of dual citizenship until age 18 with the US and their parent's COO- much like the children of American citizens who are born while their parents are abroad. 10mons ago from a Green in Rossville, GA.
In the case of Mexico where the citizens are afraid to fight for themselves to regain their own freedom. Why should we fight for them when they are unwilling to fight. Allowing the children that were born in the US to stay and become citizens is good maybe them will go back to save their people. 10mons ago from a Republican in Schaumburg, IL.
This is not a federal issue but a parental obligation. We can not curb illegal immigration if parents are not willing to become US citizens. They owe their children that much. Once a child becomes 21 they can apply for citizenship like anyone else and let serving in the armed forces or attaining a college be contributing salient and accelerating factors to citizenship. 11mons ago from a Republican in Albuquerque, NM.
Yes and No Yes if they wish to expand and work towards a wage system that enables them to be taken off food stamps. No if they chose to rotate the family in and out of jobs in order to allow for collection of unemployment benefits. 11mons ago from a Republican in Colorado Springs, CO.
Close the borders! You can deal with a leaky boat that still has holes in it. We will NEVER solve this problem if we don't stem the influx. Right now we are still trying to assimilate the current batch of first generation immigrants that came here for a better opportunity and we poisoned them with handouts instead of work. Healthcare for all is totally impossible if all keeps growing with increasing numbers of non-contributors. 11mons ago from a Republican in Royersford, PA.
Children of illegal immigrants that were born within the U.S. should have citizenship, however, children that were not born here should be allowed the opportunity to apply for citizenship, but should adhere to the same citizenship application process as any other immigrant. 11mons ago from a Libertarian in Sullivan, WI.
If we had enforced the laws that are on the books, we would not have that problem. Given that the problem is now too large, grant those born here citizenship after going through a process proving they are loyal and are not criminals. 11mons ago from a Libertarian in Scottsbluff, NE.
It's to complicated to explain here. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Deerfield Beach, FL.
The law has been interpreted as "dry foot" means citizenship. Their parents should not be granted citizenship except through appropriate channels. The real issue is when are we going to "fix" Mexico . . . the biggest source of our immigration problems. 11mons ago from a Republican in Vicksburg, MS.
If their living conditions in their home country were dismal, yes. As long as their life in the United States would provide them with stability and hope for life ahead. 11mons ago from a Green in Morristown, NJ.
No, but there should be a way for them to apply for a green card once they reach certain conditions. 11mons ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.
If they are born here, yes, but their parents should not be given any kind of pass. After they turn 18, if they have been deported with their parents in order to keep the family together, then they could be allowed to come in to the country legally since they are citizens. Or they could be allowed to stay in the US with a legal resident while their illegal parents are deported. 11mons ago from a Libertarian in Roswell, GA.
Yes, if they were born here. Parents of minor children should be granted temporary status. When the minor turns 18, they may then sponsor their parents for citizenship. Any person that can prove they were living in the United States prior to the last amnesty, can also apply for citizenship if they have not done so. Any immigrant here illegally after the last amnesty, with the exception of those who are here with minors that were born here should be deported and be allowed to apply legally to come here with no penalty for having been here illegally after being deported. Illegal immigrants who have no criminal background could be given the option to serve in the military for 4 years or be deported. Those who are in college and paying their own way should be given permission to stay to finish their education and when they have earned their degree, may also apply for citizenship by presenting their degree from an accredited college. Special permits should be issued to accommodate these special circumstances. 11mons ago from a Republican in Tucson, AZ.
They should be deported and children born here should not be legal citizens. Boarder protection must increase and shot on the spot if caught. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Potwin, KS.
The name says it all... Illegal immigrants are here illegally. Either learn to speak the national language and apply for citizenship or be forced to leave the country. And after a one-time amnesty to allow all current illegal residents to apply for citizenship, once you are deported (with DNA and fingerprints collected) then enforce extremely harsher punishments if caught in United States illegally again. 11mons ago from a Republican in Lincoln, CA.
Regardless of how they got here.. everyone should be able to apply to become a citizen of the United States.. would be better if we allowed them to go thru a customs type of system.. rather than have to sneak into the country.. and then become citizens thru our system. 11mons ago from a Green in Delray Beach, FL.
Yes, but parents and children should become citizens and follow all american citizen laws. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Fond Du Lac, WI.
Yes, but after 4 years of military service and they may not vote for 20 years. 11mons ago from a Republican in Northampton, MA.
We have had laws regulating immigration for a long time. There needs to be an adherence to law. We are a nation of immigrants and that is wonderful, but there is a point where "invasion" would be a better word. 11mons ago from a Republican in Ware, MA.
No, they should be required to study our constitution and legally pass the test when they become of age to choose to be a citizen. 11mons ago from a Libertarian in Fe Warren Afb, WY.
Yes, but in newly crafted program(s) that properly indoctrinate the child and his family to the country. With that said, I do believe this is lower priority than the concerns and needs of domestic citizens. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Owings Mills, MD.
Yes, But their parent's should have to apply and be accepted for citizenship first. 11mons ago from a Republican in Brisbane, CA.
Yes, children born within the borders of the U.S. must be citizens under the text of the Constitution. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Beverly, MA.
Yes, and reform immigration law to make it much easier and faster for immigrants to become citizens of the U.S. 11mons ago from a Green in Charlotte, NC.
Yes, if they were born here, and grant their parents citizenship as well. 11mons ago from a Republican in Staten Island, NY.
Yes but has to be watched until 18. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Watertown, SD.
Yes, as long as they are able to speak English fluently and are able to understand the way that our country works. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Richmond, VA.
The parents should get the choice. They get a twenty-four hour time limit after birth to decide if they want their child to be put up for adoption and remain a citizen while they are deported. Or they are all deported and their baby is not a citizen. 11mons ago from a Republican in Temecula, CA.
People who enter America illegally do not deserve citizenship, without proving their desire to become legal residents, and only if they maintain a legal presence in America. Any middle level crime committed while here, whether before or during their participation in the legal and proper process of becoming a legal citizen, should be grounds for severe investigation, and should be accepted reason for immediate deportation, without delay. Health care should only be granted to severe cases, when involving illegal immigrants. People, no matter what country, who commit acts, that produce, "anchor babies" do not deserve any rights given to legit citizens, unless they remain in America, and volunteer to go through the citizenship process. Any visitor, legal or not, who is shown to have committed any crime, especially one that is commonly violent, deserves to be deported, and banned from entering any American territory. If after being immediately and swiftly deported, they enter any American property, whether domestic or foreign location, they deserve to be treated as a hostile criminal, and subjected to a mixture of American and local foreign law. 11mons ago from a Libertarian in Leo, IN.
Citizenship is the idea that one belongs to a certain gang that steals from itself to give to itself, if one chooses to be a part of that gang then why would you stop them. 11mons ago from a Libertarian in Laguna Niguel, CA.
I believe that America needs drastic immigration reform. We need to create a clear path to citizenship and legalized those who are already here. We need to give people incentive to come in through legal means. If it's easy and fair, then deportation and illegal immigrants won't be a problem. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Birmingham, AL.
Yes, along with parents after serving in the work force in the U.S. for 5 years. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Puyallup, WA.