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-- this is a very interesting debate you wanna listen to this one so why be as US citizen.
When you could be a super citizen we're not making up that term there is a brand new report that's revealing that US born children of foreign diplomats.
Can enjoy so called super citizen status -- here's what it means the get full citizenship along with a perk that most of us Americans do not have.
And that is diplomatic community.
US State Department claims that she can't have both.
Here not a break it down and explain office this season -- product.
Is with the Center for Immigration Studies his group did this study good morning -- -- so explain this to us that children.
A foreign diplomats here in the United States who were born can claim both citizenship.
And yet diplomatic immunity how exactly does that work.
Right well the fourteenth amendment the United States constitution says all persons born in the United States and subject to its jurisdiction.
Are US citizens now the one interesting thing there is there's a debate about whether the children of illegal immigrants are -- are -- really subject to our jurisdiction.
But everyone and I mean everyone across the political Specter agrees that diplomats and then the children born to them are not subject Stewart.
Are Arnold Garcia shot let's back up for a second because if there is -- -- -- -- our country has a baby.
That child is it becomes a US citizen automatically what you were talking about here in this study.
Is at the diplomat gives birth to a child here that child becomes -- US citizen.
But you're also claiming that in some instances -- a whole bunch of loopholes that we didn't expect.
Could also get diplomatic immunity explain how that could happen.
Well let me just explain one thing.
Everybody agrees the child should not get US citizenship the State Department says it and -- and scholars across the political spectrum says the children of diplomats that is children born here to diplomats.
Are not US citizens.
But the way it works is that.
In the system runs on auto pilot the hospital and then -- vital statistic issues the birth certificate the Social Security Administration.
Gives out pay out Social Security number so in effect the child does become -- US citizens.
Even though explicitly they are not supposed to.
Now if that child subsequently gets in trouble there are still protected.
By diplomatic immunity let's say they're sixteen they drive drunk they run somebody over the child as long as the parents still is enjoying the diplomatic immunity.
The child still has diplomatic immunity so now you have a situation we have someone who's a citizen but there are super citizen because they also enjoy the diplomatic immunity of their parent.
All right now that's your term there the US State Department says he can't have it both ways at the -- one.
Or the other you're either a citizen or you're -- a basically have diplomatic community you can't have both what do you say to that.
Number that's not the way it actually works.
If you send a birth certificate and a picture to the US State Department and -- US diplomat but you were born the child of a diplomat and you were born here and you send a birth certificate.
At a picture they'll give you up that's what I thought -- What is that will no one there are a bunch of bureaucrats who basically aren't checking who aren't dotting the I's and crossing the t.s.
And so a few of these people are getting through and they are in joined the status of -- What the few thousand people every -- so that.
-- effect can be quite large and it isn't so much that they're not checking if there's no even procedure to do that.
States who register births have no mechanism for distinguishing between the children of diplomats and not the Social Security Administration does an -- special Social Security numbers to the children born to diplomats.
All right so your point is that somebody's gotta get this thing figured out whether it is congress who decides to to write my congressman they have that are more whether the courts do it Stephen cam product we gonna have to leave it there he's from the Center for Immigration Studies.
You can check out his study on their website.
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