Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has introduced legislation in the Senate that would amend federal law to require at least one parent of children born in the United States be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 (S.723) amends section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and is similar to legislation offered by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) in the House.
Sen. Vitter introduced his bill with three original co-sponsors, including Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
According to a recent study from the Center for Immigration Studies, 200,000 children are born each year to non-immigrant visitors to the United States.
Updated: Thu, Apr 7th 2011 @ 12:38pm EDT