There are already 37 million LEGAL FOREIGN-BORN people working in our country. We do not need any more construction or factory workers and hotel houskeepers as housing, manufacturing and the tourism industries are doing 50% of the business they did 3 years ago and with unemployment at %20 Americans don't have the money to spend to cause a revival of the economy. The US does not need 20 million new citizens:This type of proposal is consistent with many (perhaps most) European countries, not that I look to Europe as the benchmark for the U.S. However, if we continue pursuing European-type social policies and providing European-style entitlements, then we will be forced to limit the pool of eligible recipients.
"This bill is unconstitutional," said Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino. "It would change one of the most basic principles that our nation was founded on: If you were born in the United States, you're an American." ---The Congressman clearly has his U.S. history mixed up. The 14th Amendment was not part of the FOUNDING documents. The 14th Amendment was very important, though, in providing rights to descendents of slaves.
Back to this current proposal: Americans need to make a choice related to limited resources. Loosely granting citizenship becomes an economic problem. So we need to either reform entitlement eligbility or we need to reform citizenship requirments.
I like what the Rep. from Santa Clarita said: The current rules encourage illegal immigrants to have a child right away. Well, many illegal immigrants are often poor. Having a child is expensive. Starting a family while poor often creates many long-term financial challenges. We really need to reform these laws that encourage this type of decision making.