Birthright Citizenship Legislation Sen. Vitter Rep. Steve King


As of 2015, bills have been introduced in both the House and the Senate to end birthright citizenship—S.45 introduced by Sen. Vitter and H.R. 140 by Rep. Steve King.

In March 2015 Louisiana Senator David Vitter introduced S.45: Birthright Citizenship Act of 2015. This bill would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act and clarify that birthright citizenship would only be given to the children of U.S. citizens and legal resident aliens.

This act would prevent children born to foreign national parents in the U.S. from gaining automatic citizenship unless at least one of the parents is a U.S. citizen or national, a lawful permanent resident or an alien performing actives service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

“This practice comes down to a fundamental misunderstanding of the 14th Amendment, and we can stop the massive problem with some simple clarification,” Vitter said.

This is the third time Sen. Vitter has put forth this bill. He introduced it in 2011, then reintroduced it to the 114th Congress in January 2015.

Sen. Vitter wrote an op-ed article about his legislation and ending birthright citizenship. You can read his op-ed here:

For more on Vitter’s bill read our news article here:

In February 2015 Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) introduced in the House, H.R. 140: Birthright Citizenship Act of 2015, that would end birthright citizenship for children born to two illegal alien parents on U.S. soil.

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.

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.”

For more on this bill read our news article here:

Rep. King’s bill has been listed on our 5 Great Immigration Solutions Page. Take a look to see if your local representative has co-sponsored this bill.

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