LAURA INGRAHAM, FOX NEWS HOST: When birthright goes wrong. That is the focus of tonight's "Angle."
From the second President Trump announces plans to address birthright citizenship earlier today, the left freak out. Now here's what the president told Axios.
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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We are the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby and that baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all those benefits. It's ridiculous and it has to end.
JONATHAN SWAN, AXIOS: Have you talked about that with council?
TRUMP: Yes, I have.
SWAN: So we are in a process?
TRUMP: It is still in the process. It will happen. We have an executive order.
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INGRAHAM: An executive order, now, predictably open borders media types were quick to denounce the president and condemn his even raising idea of ending birthright citizenship.
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DANA BASH, CNN: As if we needed it, there's more evidence that immigration remains the President's animating issue. This new proposal to end birthright citizenship.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He is talking about birthright citizenship and I think he is done to just simply to inflame the issue.
DAVID GREGORY, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: I mean, this is the hard-liner immigration message, the fear of immigrants changing the way of life of Americans.
SUNNY HOSTIN, THE VIEW, ABC: It really hearkens back to some of the darkest chapters of American's history where in 1857, the Dred Scott decision.
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INGRAHAM: Well, move over Encyclopedia Britannica. Look, this is default behavior of all those deflected with Trump derangement syndrome. When they are faced with an inconvenient truth. They demonize the President, and just dismissed out of hand of the issue. Heaven forbid we actually present the American people with a factual unbiased presentation of the issue.
First of all, President Trump had already committed to ending birthright citizenship during the campaign, so aside from his mentioning the drafting of executive order in the pathway to fulfilling his promise, it's hardly a news flash. And why is this an important issue in the first place with the president? So many of his supporters and I would dare say Democrats as well. A lot of it goes for the money. Consider the number of children born to illegals each year.
Back in 2010, the center for immigration studies estimated that between 300,000 and 400,000 are born to illegal aliens in the United States annually. Now that figure is bound to be a lot higher today given the new research that the number of illegals in the U.S. is at least double what was originally thought. Or, about 22 million. Let's conservatively say that 400,000 children are born every year in the United States to illegal immigrants.
While those are people that hardworking U.S. taxpayers have to educate, and for whom they provide health care, and in many cases food stamps. Obviously infrastructure, et cetera, et cetera. CIS estimates that the annual cost to the U.S. taxpayers of children born to illegal aliens is a staggering $2.4 billion. You think our vets and our homeless and our inner city schools could use that money? Maybe we could even pay down some of the debt.
Well, to borrow down a little further, a 2015 CIS report found 51 percent of immigrant headed households used at least one federal program. Cash, food, housing or medical care compared to only 30 percent of native households. And we aren't just talking by the way about folks on these over stays or who cross the border illegally.
Many of you would be stunned to know that there are entire industries both here and abroad that are now devoted to gaining the birthright citizenship system. It's called birth tourism and it's become big business in the United States, attracting immigrants from China, Taiwan, Mexico, Russia, and Turkey. What they do is they purchase package deals, where they come to the U.S. as a visitor for a month or several months and have their baby on American soil. For upwards of $50,000 these foreigners are guaranteed U.S. citizenship for their children. It's wild.
And that furnishes them of course, with preferential college treatment, when the kids reach age 18 and they also can sponsor the parents for green cards on their 21st birthday. That is pretty nifty. So I'm sure this is what our founders intended when they were drafting the 14th Amendment, right. Now contrary to what Obama and s many in the left are saying today, President Trump by questioning birthright citizenship, you know, mantra is provoking a conversation that I think is sorely needed in the country.
So, rather than just castigating the president or caricaturing his position. Why not have a substantive debate on it. How he wanted to proceed with immigration in United States seems like a worthy conversation to me to have especially during the midterm election. And up until now, Trump is the only president who has been willing to have that debate. What are the Democrats afraid of here?