Birthright Citizenship Under Attack

As President Bush opens the debate on a temporary worker program that could allow immigrant laborers to come into the United States, the issue of what happens to their children has come to the forefront.

Although revoking the birthright guarantee is not likely to be part of Congress’ immigration reform agenda this fall, there are increasing signs lawmakers are thinking about altering a privilege grounded in common law and the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) wants to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to limit automatic citizenship at birth to children of U.S. citizens and lawful residents. Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) introduced a constitutional amendment that also would limit birthright citizenship. Such an amendment would require ratification by three-fourths of the states.

A proposal by Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), who heads a 90-member caucus pushing to tighten immigration laws, would deny citizenship to U.S.-born children of temporary immigrant workers.

Tancredo said the provision is vital because temporary workers would not want to leave after their visas expire if their children are U.S. citizens, or so-called anchor babies.

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3 Responses to “Birthright Citizenship Under Attack”

  1. Max Wortington Says:

    A medical doctor told me when he would deliver a baby to an illegal alien he would help the woman by filling out papers for her to get her on public assistance as fast as possible he could get paid by the state for his services.

    Have a nice day.

  2. Katie's Dad Says:

    From my read of the 14th Amendment and the debate that went on in Congress before it was passed on to the states for ratification, we only need legislation to codify the drafters’ original intent. This anchor baby nonsense exists solely because Congress has not acted to clean it up.

    That’s all Congress needs to do now, ban anchor babies via legislation.

  3. R W Strong Says:

    I think it is a good idea , vfor the ery reasons alreay sdtated. People will be less likely to stay if they can not collect all the benefits that even most Americans have adificult time getting, when they are out of work or in a bind. Why should Illegals have an advantage over citizens? It is expensive to provide all these benefits to people who are forigners . other countries don’ t do this! Why should we?

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