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Steve King: “Birthright Citizenship” Bill Could be Soon

November 24, 2010
Brian Montopoli

Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King said in an interview with CBS News today that he is “looking at dropping a bill early in the 112th Congress” to end the practice of giving U.S. citizenship to U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants.

King, who will likely head the immigration subcommittee when the new Congress begins work in January, predicted that hearings on the bill would not be immediate, since there are “other priorities” to be dealt with. He said he expected hearings “in the next couple months” after the legislation is introduced.

The practice of offering citizenship to babies born to illegal immigrants in the United States is known as “birthright citizenship,” and defenders say it is protected by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. The 14th Amendment opens this way: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

King says that the clause “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof” means that babies born to illegal immigrants do not necessarily have Constitutionally-protected citizenship rights. He also argues that it is important to consider the history behind the amendment, which was adopted in 1868.

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  1. November 25, 2010 1:07 am

    Happy to see a review of this Birth matter because it came as a result of a political decision in the Amendment. I am not sure it will still come up because I am planning of changing server but in my Newsletter or try “News and Views” I have in the archives a Newsletter that covers all the details of what birth right of citizenship meant in the colonies. From the very beginning of the political fight for Natural Rights in Britain the issue of citizenship became a natural right to pass on to the descendants of citizens. When they came to America the colonialists submitted a declaration of rights to the King where they also spelled out that emigrating to the colonies did not change the birth right of their descendants to be British citizens no matter where born. So, citizenship became an inheritance in a way, a property to be passed on. During the revolutionary war for independence the concept never changed. Nor did the Constitution change it. Natural Born citizens if interpreted according to preceding traditions meant exactly what it meant for British citizenship. A Natural Born American is one born by an American citizen. That did not deprive naturalization by others BUT it does eliminate Airport babies because immigrants had to become citizens before their offspring could be natural born citizens. Note that no where until the Amendment was the word Native used, native meaning having roots from a particular place. And it was deliberately not used because of Native Indians. Native Indians are natural born member of a tribe but also native of this land. So if Sen King reviews those documents he will have no problem correcting the error that was applied for convenience. The argument was that by natural born only Anglo could run for office, that is ridiculous because the child of any US citizen would be a natural born citizens. A bit of research will show the error and avoid arguments.

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