Watch–Tucker Carlson: If Children of Illegal Aliens Are Given U.S. Citizenship, Why Should I Pay Taxes?

Fox News’s Tucker Carlson asks why he should have to follow United States law when the children of illegal aliens are rewarded with birthright citizenship.

In a segment dedicated to the issue of “anchor babies,” the term commonly used to refer to the children of foreign nationals who receive immediate U.S. citizenship, Carlson said Americans should not have to follow the law if illegal aliens are not required to, and even more so, rewarded with citizenship for their children regardless whether they follow the law or not.

CARLSON: If we’re rewarding foreign nationals who break our laws, why should I have to pay my taxes? Why should I have to, as an American citizen, have to obey the laws? I mean, I guess that’s a rhetorical question, but what’s the message that we’re sending? I have to obey every law or else I go to jail, but a foreign national can show up and give the finger to our justice system and get rewarded for it. How does that work exactly? [Emphasis added]

As Breitbart News has extensively reported, there are 4.5 million anchor babies in the U.S. under the age of 18-years-old, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). This estimate does not include the potentially millions of anchor babies who are older than 18-years-old.

The 4.5 million anchor babies estimate exceeds the four million American children born every year. In the next decade, the CBO estimates that there will be at least another 600,000 anchor babies born in the U.S., which would put the anchor baby population on track to exceed annual American births — should the U.S. birth rate not increase — by more than one million anchor babies.

President Trump has routinely slammed the anchor baby policy — which only the U.S. and Canada implement in the entire Western world — as a violation of a sacred American pillar.

“If you have a baby on our land, congratulations. That baby is a United States citizen. We’re the only one,” Trump said in April. “Now Mexico has very tough policies. They can do whatever they want, which is the way it should be. You’re violating something very sacred. You’re violating a border.”

The birthright citizenship debate was not always partisan, as it currently is, with establishment Republicans and Democrats supporting anchor babies.

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) once opposed birthright citizenship, saying in 1993 that “no sane country” would reward illegal aliens with U.S. citizenship for their children.

Proponents of birthright citizenship often claim the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires the policy. The Supreme Court, however, has never explicitly ruled that the children of illegal aliens must be granted automatic citizenship and many legal scholars dispute the idea.

Every year, the U.S. admits more than 1.5 foreign nationals, with the vast majority deriving from family-based chain migration. In 2016, the legal and illegal immigrant population reached a record high of 44 million. By 2023, the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that the legal and illegal immigrant population of the U.S. will make up nearly 15 percent of the entire U.S. population.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.


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