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Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) re-introduced the Birthright Citizenship Act, H.R. 140, this week that would end the practice of giving automatic citizenship to children born to two illegal-alien parents on U.S. soil. The bill was introduced with 11 cosponsors.

Rep. King issued the following statement after introducing H.R. 140:

A Century ago, it didn’t matter very much that a simple practice began that has now grown into a massive issue of birthright citizenship or the anchor baby agenda,” said King. “When automatic citizenship started being granted to all babies born in the United States, our lawmakers 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. I know of no other country in the world that does this, and it must end. My Birthright Citizenship Act of 2017 fixes it, clarifies the 14th Amendment and clarifies the Constitutional meaning of the clause, ‘And subject to the jurisdiction thereof.’ President-elect Trump repeatedly called for this bill, and it should be a top priority in Congress.

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 cosponsored by Reps. Brian Babin (R-Texas), Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Lamar Smith (R-Texas), and Rob Woodall (R-Ga.).

Also this week, Rep. King reintroduced three other immigration bills: Sarah's Law to increase penalties for repeat border crossers, the New IDEA Act to prohibit employers from deducting wages from their taxes if they hire illegal workers, and the Religious Worker Reciprocity Act to reform visas for foreign religious workers.

The Birthright Citizenship Act is one of NumbersUSA's 5 Great Immigration Reduction Bills.

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Debra 9260 of MD's picture

This was not suppose to be anyway, the political allegiance of the parents should be that also of the child, this has wrong from the start.  Hope it passes soon, this is why the American people are so disgusted with this government.  Roy will you guys put up a petition to support Rep King?

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Diana 3085 of AL's picture

I have a niece who got pregnant by an illegal alien . 3 children now. She married him 2 years ago in Marion, Ohio. Oldest child is 12. He has been in the country for 20 years? He works in Columbus , Ohio in a factory. My niece is on disability , she says  that she has Chron's  disease . Doesn't look like she has Chrons. They just bought a house . Not sure how that happened? I am sure they have free Obama Care also.  I never got anything for free. What is the deal? 

My Husband started a small business and now has 6 partners . They work and pay thousands in healthcare, and taxes . We are tired of all the free insurance , free housing, and food. The middle class is taxed out! 

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Larry 0771 of SC's picture

I believe that with this pass election of Trump for president that the American people have spoken and we are sick an tire of all the shenanigans that the Democrats have tried to shove down our throats.  They only want to keep the border open so they can get more illiterate people to believe they have all the answers and for for them. We have Veterans and homeless people here in the US that we need to take care of first.

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Nancy 2315 of AZ's picture

If both parents of a baby born in the US are here legally/illegally then any children born to them should NEVER be given citizenship. Instead, they should all be given a Residence Status with "limited rights". However, there needs to be a strict ruling attached to a residence status that states as follows, ex:

(1)Any violation of America’s laws by any member of the family will be just cause for all members of the family to be deported immediately

(2) Failure to assimilate within

(3) They can never run for or hold any public office at any level

(4) They can never vote in our election process

(5) They will carry a designated ID/Driver’s License indicating their residence status and any misuse of this will terminate their residence status and mean immediate deportation for them and family members

Otherwise, this section of the bill will open another opportunity for them to take advantage of and abuse immigration and citizenship rules and laws.

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Roy 3876 of IL's picture
I couldn't agree more with this it's not automatic for them stay out until you pass the citizen test or be branded illegal which will stop them from testing for ten years chip them as to know them
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Anne 1724 of FL's picture

I agree completely. I pray the bill passes! I was born in France (1942). My nationality was French only BECAUSE my mother was born in France (from Spaniard parents). She was not French! Anne

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Mike 1111 of CO's picture

2 American Citizen Parents ?

I question if the criterion are too loose:

at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident or an immigrant performing active service in the armed forces.

Maternity is much easier to prove/disprove, but, it can be faked, e.g. the Obama fake birth certificate issue. Paternity is much harder to prove/disprove, e.g. 5-10% estimated paternity tests yield a 'fail' result.

Refujihadis should NOT be treated as lawful permanent residents, and neither should any children that they have.

Shouldn't it be "both parents are US citizens result in natural-born citizenship", and everyone else can apply for "naturalized citizenship" ?

There is still the issue of "what do we do if we ever get another obama presidency, where he just ignores immigration law. This further fuels my desire for a more restrictive law.

What does the Australian law say about this ? They are culturally very similar to America.

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John 9722 of CA's picture
The 14th Amendment DOES allow for its "implementation" by "appropriate legislation". This bill needs to be TRACKED, MONITORED, & members of Congress need to be STALKED into passing it, IMMEDIATELY!
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Constance 4541 of MO's picture

It's not funny to me that Sanctuary Cities refuse Federal assistance. Perhaps the handicapped will be safer when the violence in cities like Chicago is stopped. Racketeering charges are a great start. Keep politics out of this, enforce the law  so "legals" will benefit.

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Nellie 7910 of CA's picture
This law will be able to stop the fraud with women being hid by churches on over stay visa and child is Citizen. This child comes back to USA and staysbin foster care run by the churches. Our tax dollars supporting this until he orvshe graduated from college. Many people live on Welfare but stay in Mexico. Come here to pick up check every three months. That SHOULD build the wall.
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Matthew 9445 of CA's picture
Great plan but perhaps premature. Until two more conservative justices are seated on the Supreme court the Supreme court will not properly interpret Constitution and will block this law even though almost all other major countries already have this law.
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John 4110 of MI's picture

For capacity and political reasons there are announced intentions to focus on felon and serious misdemeanor illegal aliens for deportation. The border enforcement effort is relied on to reduce the Southern flow as well. But should there not be added work place enforcement and removal of illegals who have arrived in the last sever years? Shurely, the recently arrived can't argue deep roots or American in every way except for papers.

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Thomas 2924 of IN's picture

We never see the effect on population of children born to immigrants (legal, illegal), students, tourists, because they are all U.S. citizens at birth. If births to illegal aliens add half a million a year, births to legal immigrants, who greatly outnumber illegals, must be several times that. Including those numbers, immigration must be adding at least 2 million and more likely 3 million to our population every year. The contribution to population increase of births and deaths in our non-immigrant population is probably close to zero. Without immigration we could have a stable population.

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Donna 2847 of AZ's picture

all illegal should never receive befits. no birth right to be an american, all  births of non american legal or illegal be marked non american birth or some wording that can not be changed to look legal american. then no benfits durning lifetime.  

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Jon 8777 of NY's picture

This is what I would like to see happen.

First, Congress needs to pass a law and Trump needs to sign it into law making it a federal offense,  a felony to enter our country without permission, over stay a visa or remain in our country without permission.  There should be a five year mandatory jail sentence.

Then pass another law making it a felony to harbor any person in our country illegally again with a 5 year mandatory jail sentence.

I would further like to see Congress pass a law that makes it a felony for local and state officials to violate their oath of office to support and defend the laws and the Constitution of the United States of America.

ARTICLE VI clearly states the following:

This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof, and all treaties made, or which shall be made under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land, and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

Any public officer elected or appointed that does not accept and enforce immigration laws should be charged as violating their oath of office, arrested for violating the immigration laws and removed from office.

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Steven 9122 of OK's picture

MHO there should also be some very hefty fines not only for illegal entry/visa overstay but for hiring any illegal alien/visa overstay.  It must be cost in-effective to hire an illegal alien.