Congressman Seeks to End Birthright Citizenship for Children of Illegal Aliens

As reported in the linked article by FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform), Congressman Nathan Deal of Georgia, with bipartisan support from 46 other congressmen, has authored a bill that would do away with automatically conferring citizenship upon anyone born in the U.S. to illegal aliens.

True immigration reformers in the U.S. Congress have reintroduced legislation seeking to end birthright citizenship for children born to illegal alien parents in the United States. Authored by Congressman Nathan Deal (R-GA) and co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 46 other Members of the House of Representatives, the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 (H.R.1868) would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to change the current interpretation of federal law that automatically confers citizenship to any child born in the United States regardless of the immigration status of the child’s parents. (See H.R. 1868 Legislative Text and Co-sponsor Listing).

… The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 does not seek to amend the Constitution, but would instead amend a statute in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to clarify the interpretation of the 14th Amendment. Congressman Deal’s bill would limit birthright citizenship only to children born to at least one parent who is either: (1) a citizen or national of the United States; (2) a lawful permanent resident; or (3) actively serving in the U.S. military. The legislation would only apply prospectively and would not “affect the citizenship or nationality status of any person born before the date of the [bill’s] enactment.” (H.R.1868, April 2, 2009).
Congressman Deal noted that the United States is one of only a few industrialized countries who still allow birthright citizenship.

Such a measure is long overdue and essential if we are to ever have any hope of making dramatic reductions in our reckless rates of immigration.  I urge you to call or write your Congressman and urge him or her to support this bill.

One Response to Congressman Seeks to End Birthright Citizenship for Children of Illegal Aliens

  1. ClydeB says:

    As you know, there was considerable debate over the issue at the time the 14th amendment was written. As I read the records, the stated intent was to exclude children from citizenship born of parents subject to foreign jurisdiction.
    This clearly means casual visitors, diplomats. temporary workers and foreign citizens in the country illegally. The latter may not be within the reach of jurisdiction in a practical sense, but clearly remain legally subject to that jurisdiction.
    The subject of alliegance(parents) was debated as well with the intent to apply that as a test of eligibility as well.
    If his bill does no more than clarify these intended conditions, but left out of the amendment (they did have a flair for brevity at times), it will help to reduce the population growth to some extent. This assumes it will be enforced upon passage.

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