FAIR's Dan Stein Refutes "Pro-Immigration Spin" By Claiming Some Citizens Aren't Citizens
Earlier today, the Atlantic's Joshua Green highlighted a poll that found Americans' perception of what is causing an increase in the U.S. minority population is way off base. The Allstate-National Journal Heartland Monitor poll found that "53 percent of whites said illegal immigration, 29 percent said higher birth rates, and 11 percent said legal immigration."
However, as Jeffrey Passel, a senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center, states in Green's article, true statistics actually say the opposite — most of the rise comes from minority births and not illegal immigration.
But Dan Stein of the anti-immigrant hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) claims to have seen through Green's "pro-immigration spin." In a blog post, Stein suggests undocumented immigrants actually account for a greater share of the increasing minority population than reported because American children born of non-citizen parents ought to be counted as non-citizens themselves.
In fact, legal and illegal immigration that happened before 2000 account for a substantial percentage of those births — but in the case of illegal aliens, Passel is treating anchor babies the same as children born to citizen parents.
Apparently, Stein has misplaced his copy of the Constitution. Since the 14th Amendment was enacted every Supreme Court decision on birthright citizenship has upheld that a child who is born on U.S. soil is an American citizen regardless of the citizenship status of his or her parents. It is no wonder, then, that so many American citizens are misinformed about true statistics when FAIR and other groups attempt quash the truth.