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Argument: Birthright citizenship creates incentive for illegal immigration

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Lindsay Graham: "They come here to drop a child. It's called drop and leave. To have a child in America, they cross the border, they go to the emergency room, have a child, and that child is automatically an American citizen. That shouldn't be the case. That attracts people here for all the wrong reasons."[1]

Lino Graglia of the University of Texas law school, "[A parent from a poor country] can hardly do more for a child than make him or her an American citizen, entitled to all the advantages of the American welfare state. It is difficult to imagine a more irrational and self-defeating legal system than one which makes unauthorized entry into this country a criminal offense and simultaneously provides perhaps the greatest possible inducement to illegal entry."[2]

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