House Republicans thinking about ending birthright citizenship…

The ‘anchor baby’ thing is brought up again….

Of course we’re talking about Rep. Peter King (R-Iowa)….

The Civil War era’s 14th Amendment, granting automatic citizenship to any baby born on American soil, is a proud achievement of the Party of Lincoln.

But now House Republicans are talking about abolishing birthright citizenship.

A House Judiciary subcommittee took up the question Wednesday afternoon, prompted by legislation sponsored by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and 22 other lawmakers that, after nearly 150 years, would end automatic citizenship.

The 14th Amendment, King told the panel, “did not contemplate that anyone who would sneak into the United States and have a baby would have automatic citizenship conferred on them.” Added King, “I’d suggest it’s our job here in this Congress to decide who will be citizens, not someone in a foreign country that can sneak into the United States and have a baby and then go home with the birth certificate.”

It’s no small task to undo a principle, enshrined in the Constitution and upheld by the Supreme Court, that defines the United States as a nation of immigrants. It’s particularly audacious that House Republicans would undo a century and a half of precedent without amending the Constitution but merely by passing a law to reinterpret the 14th Amendment’s wording in a way that will stop the scourge of “anchor babies” and “birth tourism.”

Judiciary Committee Republicans brought in three experts to testify in support of this extraordinary maneuver (a lone Democratic witness was opposed), and they evidently had to search far and wide for people who would take this view, because they ended up with a bizarre witness: an octogenarian professor from the University of Texas named Lino Graglia…..

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There is NOT chance this would change due to the fact that it is a covered by the Constitution…

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16 thoughts on “House Republicans thinking about ending birthright citizenship…”

  1. Another reason Republicans will struggle to reach the 27% Hispanic support Romney got in 2016.

    Even if they nominate someone with a Mexican wife

  2. I take people at their word, Daniel.

    Answer my question: Where is your evidence that the 2016 Republican nominee will hit and surpass Romney’s numbers with Hispanics? I agree that they likely will, but these broad-sweeping statements of yours are quite troubling…

  3. I think Daniel thinks Rubio could get fellow Hispanics to come out in heavier numbers for him….
    Certainly not because Jeb’s wife is from Mexico….

  4. james,

    per CNN 2010 Exit Polls Rubio got 55 % !!!!! of the “Non Cuban Hispanic Vote” in Florida. That is pretty significant.

    SE,

    Reason the Republican will pass that 27 % Number is Romney couldn’t connect with Voters.

  5. This is why we need immigration law that recognizes squatters rights. It’s not fair to the undocumented who cannot have children, children who are currently an ad hoc “executive” way of getting their parents legally into the country as well.

  6. I don’t see this making much headway but I welcome this latest Republican initiative as they fervently try to lessen Romneys 27% share of the HIspanic vote.

  7. One question here is this. Does this right extend to the children of people not legally in the USA in the first place? This could mean something to hispanics who obeyed the rules to stay here.

  8. It plays to the base?

    PS: For the left, could it be a birth control issue too?.

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