Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) introduced H.R. 140 last week that would end birthright citizenship for children born to two illegal-alien parents on U.S. soil. The bill is cosponsored by eight other Representatives.
According to Rep. King, the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2015 would end the practice of illegal aliens giving birth in the United States in order for their children to gain American citizenship.
After introducing the bill, Rep. King released the following statement:
A Century ago it didn’t matter very much that a practice began that has now grown into a birthright citizenship, an anchor baby agenda. When they started granting automatic citizenship on all babies born in the United States they missed the clause in the 14th Amendment that says, ‘And subject to the jurisdiction thereof.’ So once the practice began, it grew out of proportion and today between 340,000 and 750,000 babies are born in America each year that get automatic citizenship even though both parents are illegal. That has got to stop. I know of no other country in the world that does that. My Birthright Citizenship Act of 2015 fixes it, clarifies the 14th Amendment and it recognizes the clause, ‘And subject to the jurisdiction thereof.’ This Congress needs to Act.
Under the proposed legislation, automatic citizenship would only be granted to children born in the U.S. who have at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident or an immigrant performing active service in the armed forces.
The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. John Duncan (R-Tenn.), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Pete Olson (R-Texas), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), and Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.).
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Updated: Tue, Sep 29th 2015 @ 3:55pm EDT