Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas), and Pete Sessions (R-Texas) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The bill currently has 65 cosponsors and amends current U.S. code to require at least one parent to be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident for a new born to receive automatic citizenship.
The Fourteenth Amendment extends citizenship to all persons born in the U.S. and "subject to the jurisdiction"; it also grants Congress the power to enforce and define the provisions of the amendment.
Since the Civil Rights Act of 1866, Congress has defined Birthright Citizenship through appropriate legislation, which for decades has granted citizenship to newborns with both parents illegal aliens, foreign tourists or temporary foreign workers and students. The Fourteenth Amendment gives Congress the right to define birthright citizenship differently.
The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 would add to the existing federal code a provision that requires at least one parent of a new born to be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident in order for the new born to receive automatic citizenship.The United States is one of two industrialized nations (Canada) to offer Birthright Citizenship.
Rep. Rogers represents Alabama's 3rd Congressional District. He is serving his fifth term in Congress and has earned a career B+ grade.
Rep. Bachus represents Alabama's 6th Congressional District. He is serving his 10th term in Congress and has earned a career B+ grade.
Rep. Neugebauer represents Texas' 19th Congressional District. He is serving his 5th term in Congress and has earned a career B+ grade.
Rep. Sessions represents Texas' 32nd Congressional District. He is serving his eighth term in Congress and has earned a career A grade.
For the full list of cosponsors, visit the Thomas section of the Library of Congress' website.
Updated: Fri, Feb 18th 2011 @ 8:06pm EST