Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) a member of the House Immigration Subcommittee, has introduced legislation that would eliminate the granting of automatic citizenship to babies born in the United States. In the past, the bill has been offered by former Congressman, and now current Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal.

The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011, H.R.140, would require that at least one parent be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident for the newborn to receive automatic citizenship.

“The current practice of extending U.S. citizenship to hundreds of thousands of ‘Anchor Babies’ every year arises from the misapplication of the Constitution’s citizenship clause and creates an incentive for illegal aliens to cross our border,” Rep. King said. “The ‘Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011’ ends this practice by making it clear that a child born in the United States to illegal alien parents does not meet the standard for birthright citizenship already established by the Constitution. Passage of this bill will ensure that immigration law breakers are not rewarded,will close the door to future waves of extended family chain migration, and will help to bring an end to the global ‘birth tourism’ industry.”

This is basic common sense – something we believe that all of us could use more of – especially during this time of proposed comprehensive immigration reform. The citizenship clause written and amended to in the U.S. Constitution under a completely different set of circumstances that was to assist all African’s at the time to not be denied their rightful citizenship. (Please see further reading here.)

We further believe that anyone who cannot see the intent by which the citizenship clause of the XIV  Amendment was established does not understand American history and as such should immediately, without haste grab a book or whatever that assists in their learning. Furthermore, if it is clarification that one needs please either comment here or email us.

Other Congressmen who feel very strongly about this form of U.S. citizenship are weighing in as well:

“It is unfair to grant birthright citizenship to children of illegal immigrants because it undermines the intention of the Fourteenth Amendment, rewards those that have recklessly broken our nation’s immigration laws, and costs American taxpayers billions annually,” Rep. Miller said. “By simply closing this loophole, we will save taxpayers billions and reduce the appeal of entering the United States illegally. This bill simply makes sense.”

“Throughout my time in Congress, combating illegal immigration has always been a high priority of mine,” Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), who is also expected to offer a bill that would eliminate chain migration, said. “Addressing the birthright citizenship issue needs to be at the forefront of this effort, and I am pleased to advance this initiative with my colleagues. I will continue working on this – and several other measures – to stem the overwhelming tide of illegal immigration in this country.”

According to Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA) who is co-sponsoring the bill has this to say; “This Congress must take bold steps to solve our illegal immigration crisis. An important part of immigration reform must be removing the incentives that are in place encouraging illegal immigration. Representative King’s bill is a good step in that direction.”

We have discussed the notion of magnets, entitlements, and the high cost of illegal immigration throughout this site’s history. Now is the time to move forward. (For further reading please click here.)


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3 Responses to Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011

  1. uscitizen says:

    i would like to see something happen and the bill actually passed rather than everyone just being talk without actions!


    • Jon-Paul says:

      uscitizen: Don’t we all! One way to get people involved to make that change is to let them know what is going on. You’d be surprised at how many folks are unaware of the current legislation and where it comes from; moreover, how it’s been intrepreted! So why not join us in getting the word out so that more people will know and understand that not everyone born on US soil is automatically a citizen. Cheers and thank you for your comment.


  2. frank tiller says:

    i support this legislation that is necessary to take effect immediately for the good of all americans.


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