For the fifth consecutive Congress, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has introduced H.R. 140, the Birthright Citizenship Act, that would prevent children born to illegal-alien parents in the United States from automatically receiving U.S. citizenship. The bill was introduced with 20 original cosponsors.
The Birthright Citizenship Act would restrict the granting of automatic citizenship to newborns who have at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. The legislation would also allow the granting of automatic citizenship to newborns who have at least one parent who is an alien serving the armed forces.
The Birthright Citizenship Act is one of NumbersUSA's 5 Great Solutions to reforming the nation's immigration system. The United States is one of only two industrialized nations (Canada) to still grant automatic citizenship to all children born in the country.
The issue became a hot topic just before the midterm elections in 2018 when Pres. Trump said he believed he could end Birthright Citizenship using executive authority.
The list of original cosponsors includes:
- Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL-5)
- Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ-4)
- Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ-5)
- Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL-3)
- Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL-11)
- Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA-10)
- Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD-1)
- Rep. Steven M. Palazzo (R-MS-4)
- Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO-6)
- Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC-7)
- Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC-11)
- Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH-8)
- Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA-4)
- Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC-2)
- Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC-3)
- Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC-5)
- Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-4)
- Rep. Michael Conaway (R-TX-11)
- Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX-14)
- Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX-36)
- Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI-6)
Updated: Tue, Jan 22nd 2019 @ 11:00am EST