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Martin Meraz Garcia

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Chicano Education


In this essay I will discuss language of the 14th Amendment, which grants automatic citizenship to every child born on US soil, regardless of the immigration status of their parents. These children have been typecast by the media as “anchor” babies. Through primary documents and peer review journals, this paper will show the nature of what it's like to be a child of an undocumented immigrant and the rights they have. The funding for these children with undocumented parents has been widely disputed and will discuss in-depth about what type of services the U.S. is responsible for. With the upcoming presidential race, this group of people are going to be the ones most widely effected. With 16.6 million people that have at least one relative that is an undocumented immigrant, choosing to start deportation undocumented immigrants would cause so much destruction to our country. This paper ultimately concludes that although there are costs associated with children with at least one undocumented parent, choosing to deport undocumented immigrants will cause more damage to our Country.