Bacik's birth-right citizenship bill would make Ireland the most attractive destination for illegals
Ivana Bacik was on Newstalk this morning promoting her birth-right citizenship bill. As far as I know, this bill is different to the one TD Mick Barry is pushing. They have two on the boil.
It's important you hear the narrative they are constructing so you know how to counter it. There is nobody countering it in the media. I will counter her talking points below:
Ivana starts off by saying:
"What we are looking to do is to ensure that children born in Ireland have a pathway to citizenship here. One of the effects of the referendum in 2004 was to create a small number of children who are born in Ireland who have known no other home in Ireland but because their parents are not Irish nationals, they are no longer able to get Irish citizenship."
This is a fudge. There are plenty of children born to non-Irish nationals who are entitled to Irish citizenship. The law is already too lenient as it is.
Here's the current law on the books: If a child in Ireland is born to a parent who has been legally resident here for three years up until the date of their birth, then that child is entitled to be an Irish citizen.
For example: If a Chinese person uses a student visa to move here and after three years they give birth to a child, that child is entitled to Irish citizenship. Also, that child will have a "right to a family life" and consequently, their parents will be ultimately be entitled to Irish citizenship too. Anyone living legally in Ireland for five years can apply for Irish citizenship.
What Ivana doesn't mention is she is talking about illegals. She mentions the case of "Eric" Zhi Ying Xue. His mother was an illegal who committed passport fraud and was set to be deported but they were both ultimately allowed to stay after the NGO-media complex promoted their case. Ivana says groups like the MRCI and the Immigrant council says there are only a small number of children in a similar situation to Eric.
In fact, the MRCI suggest there is as an estimated 17,000 to 20,000 illegals living in Ireland, including between 2,000-3,000 who are children. Where did they get their figures from? Why is nobody asking who is employing all these illegals and why isn't the gardaí investigating them?
I would say they're low-balling this figure and here's my evidence: The prior Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan stated that in the five years up to 2018, 20,000 illegal minors with deportation orders were granted Irish citizenship while only 134 were deported. Like "Eric" Zhi Ying Xue's mother, I would guess their parents had committed a criminal offence.
A 2018 Irish Independent report revealed that the government ran an undeclared scheme which allowed illegals who had been in Ireland for five years or more to stay as long as they had no criminal record.
So you can see we already have de facto birth-right citizenship. Less than 1% of illegal minors in Ireland are deported. Their parents get to stay too.
Bacik says the evidence is at best sketchy and completely anecdotal that birth-right citizenship was abused. This is also completely false.
In 1999, only 2% of babies in Ireland were born to non-nationals. By 2003, the figure was almost 20%. Declan Keane, head doctor at Dublin's National Maternity Hospital told RTÉ that 70% of the women were coming from sub-Saharan Africa and the majority of those from Nigeria. He said a number of women were travelling while actually in labour. The problem was being experienced at all three of Dublin's maternity hospitals.
That anecdotal evidence checks out with the census data from 2016 as we can see that 3.3% of ten to fourteen-year-olds were listed as black. This peak can be correlated to the period between 1998 and 2004 when birth-right citizenship was a constitutional right.
So although we basically already have birth-right citizenship, what Bacik's bill would do is once more make Ireland the most attractive destination in Europe for illegals and asylum abuse.
Here's the fact-check:
Broadcast: 13 Nov 2020 | newstalk
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