Rep. Steve King introduces bill to end birthright citizenship

Amid all the talk surrounding immigration in Congress, a House Republican wants to deny citizenship to children who are born in the United States but have undocumented parents. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), an outspoken immigration hardliner, introduced legislation this week that would deny birthright citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants. King said his bill is needed to fight an “anchor baby agenda” that consists of undocumented immigrants giving birth in the U.S. so that their children can become U.S. citizens and later sponsor family members for legal status. “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,” King said in a statement. SEE ALSO: Steve King: Dreamers should be deported, not allowed to join military The 14th Amendment of the Constitution states: “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.” But King argued that language of the amendment has been misinterpreted. “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,’” he said. “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 to stop.” Under King’s legislation, those born in the U.S. would automatically become American citizens but only if one of their parents is a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident or an immigrant performing active service in the armed forces. However, the bill doesn’t say what would happen to those who are born in the U.S. and have undocumented parents. This is not the first time King introduced such legislation. He introduced identical bills in 2011 and 2013. Former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) also introduced a similar bill in 2009. All three bills never made it to the House floor for a vote and eventually died in Congress. SEE ALSO: Erika Andiola confronts Rep. Steve King over immigration policyThe post Rep. Steve King introduces bill to end birthright citizenship appeared first on Voxxi.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), introduced a bill this week to week to deny birthright citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Amid all the talk surrounding immigration in Congress, a House Republican wants to deny citizenship to children who are born in the United States but have undocumented parents.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), an outspoken immigration hardliner, introduced legislation this week that would deny birthright citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants. King said his bill is needed to fight an “anchor baby agenda” that consists of undocumented immigrants giving birth in the U.S. so that their children can become U.S. citizens and later sponsor family members for legal status.

“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,” King said in a statement.

SEE ALSO: Steve King: Dreamers should be deported, not allowed to join military

The 14th Amendment of the Constitution states: “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.” But King argued that language of the amendment has been misinterpreted.

“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,’” he said. “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 to stop.”

Under King’s legislation, those born in the U.S. would automatically become American citizens but only if one of their parents is a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident or an immigrant performing active service in the armed forces. However, the bill doesn’t say what would happen to those who are born in the U.S. and have undocumented parents.

This is not the first time King introduced such legislation. He introduced identical bills in 2011 and 2013. Former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) also introduced a similar bill in 2009. All three bills never made it to the House floor for a vote and eventually died in Congress.

SEE ALSO: Erika Andiola confronts Rep. Steve King over immigration policy

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