DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN FROM 2005: “Push to end birthright citizenship brewing in U.S. House”
August 8, 2010 § Leave a comment
Sunday, November 20, 2005
McALLEN — A Republican-led effort in the U.S. House of Representatives seeks to change a constitutional amendment that grants American citizenship to any child born on the nation’s soil. In an effort to deal with illegal immigration, some congressmen are actively discussing the possibility of banning birthright citizenship, also known as “anchor baby provisions,” claiming undocumented women have babies on U.S. soil so their children can gain access to this country’s services and benefits. When those children turn 21, they in turn can petition the federal government for citizenship for their parents and siblings. The 14th Amendment gives citizenship to anybody born within the United States. To change this or any other amendment, there has to be a proposal in Congress or a constitutional convention from two-thirds of the nation’s state legislatures. Thirty-eight of 50 states must approve any changes to the constitution. The issue of birthright citizenship could be part of a larger immigration reform bill available for discussion in Congress by the end of the year. Authors of the yet-to-be-named bill will be looking at the Citizenship Reform Act of 2005 for guidance. The act, which would end birthright citizenship, was introduced March 2 on the House floor and given to the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims, where it still sits. The reform package with a possible birthright citizenship ban will be presented to the full House first before it is assigned to a committee. If the bill is voted on by the full House, it will follow the same process in the Senate before going to President George W. Bush for his signature.