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."
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."