Research of global immigration laws has revealed that the United States is an exception to a worldwide trend of tighter policies. A report from a legal policy analyst states that the U.S. is one of only 30 countries in the world that grants automatic birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.
Jon Feere of the Center for Immigration Studies authored the report Birthright Citizenship: A Global Comparison, which focused on the American policy that grants automatic birthright citizenship. Feere discovered that the U.S. and Canada are the only countries with advanced economies that offer birthright citizenship.
The report also states that the Citizenship Clause in the 14th Amendment was never intended to benefit illegal aliens.
According to a Quinnipiac University poll released last month, 48 percent of American voters believe that birthright citizenship laws should be changed, compared to 45 percent who support the status quo. Approximately 67 percent of Republican voters want to see the current practice changed.
The Los Angeles Times recently published a report by the Pew Hispanic Center that shows that about one of every 13 babies born in the U.S. have at least one parent who is an illegal immigrant.