clients include Chinese doctors, lawyers, business leaders, government officials, well-known media personalities ... Some, the couple said, were giving birth to their second child to skirt China's one-child policy. Most say they do not intend to live in the United States themselves.
And all are affluent, Zhou and Chao said. Unlike the poor illegal immigrants from Central America who try to cross the border to have their babies in the United States, Zhou said, these Chinese parents fly in on first-class seats.
... The reasons they want US passports for their babies are varied, but most come down to two key factors -- education and setting (for the birth).
Okay. So we can probably all agree that people who have no interest in settling in the US and contributing to our civic life and economy have no business snatching our citizenship for their spawn ... whom they also have no interest in turning into genuine, participating, US citizens. In fact, like me you might even find it offensive that the citizenship that is so meaningful (and embattled) an emblem of identity for so many of us, is being treated like a luxury item by rich Chinese.
But. These parents aren't interested in immigrating because they are already at the top of Chinese society: successful professionals with desirable skills, who can afford to give birth abroad as a luxury item. So they (and their spawn) aren't exactly going to be taking jobs or welfare away from US citizens/residents, either. And if they are keeping an option open for their kids, so what? It's not like these kids aren't going to be assets, should they decide to live in the States in the future. They'll be coming from one of the best school systems in the world, and bringing the work ethic and skills, not to mention some of the wealth, that made their parents successes. These are the sorts of folks that get shoved to the front of the immigration line in any case. So maybe it's better that they leave more spots open in said immigration line, for hardworking but less privileged immigrants. So maybe the whole thing is harmless. After all, we're talking about numbers in the low hundreds. It's not exactly an invasion.
And on the third hand, in 20 years is the US still going to be the economic superpower? Won't that be China anyway? Or, at least, won't that duty be shared? Won't it be to our advantage to have skilled, well-educated folks with dual citizenship -- and possibly dual educations, dual rearings, dual identities and dual loyalties -- running our powerful multi-national corporations; people who can speak both idioms and both sets of values, people who will help both countries move out of their entrenched politics and suspicions into a kinder, gentler globalism?
What do you think?
Please make this an interesting and insightful discussion. No grandstanding, straw man arguments, insults, personal attacks, stereotyping, or excessive passion. Please speak with the awareness that your opinion is only that.
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