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Surrogate Mothers Offer Wealthy Chinese a U.S. Foothold

Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 2:46 PM EDT

Companies are springing up in China and the United States that enable the Chinese elite to hire American women to serve as surrogate mothers, Reuters news agency reports.

Reps. Schweikert and Nunnelee Cosponsor Birthright Citizenship Bill

Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

Reps. Schweikert and Nunnelee
Reps. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) and Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.) have cosponsored H.R.140, the Birthright Citizenship Bill. The bill was introduced by Rep. Steve King and is part of NumbersUSA's 5 Great Immigration-Reduction Solutions.

Birth Tourism on the Rise

Monday, September 24, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

Birth tourism – an industry that helps wealthy foreign women give birth in the United States and get citizenship for their babies – appears to be growing in California, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Rasmussen Reports: 65% of Likely U.S. Voters Oppose Birthright Citizenship for Children of Illegal Aliens

Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

Rasmussen Reports recently published a poll that shows more voters than ever, are opposed to granting automatic U.S. citizenship to a child born to an illegal immigrant in this country

END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP: 4 More Bill Co-Sponsors (Aderholt, Hensarling, Herger & McKeon)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

(clockwise from upper left) Reps. Aderholt, Hensarling, Herger, & McKeon
Reps. Robert Alderholt (R-Ala.), Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Wally Herger (R-Calif.), and Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The bill currently has 77 co-sponsors and amends current U.S. code to require at

Sen. David Vitter Introduces Birthright Citizenship Act

Thursday, April 7, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

Sen. David Vitter
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has introduced legislation in the Senate that would amend federal law to require at least one parent of all children born in the United States be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.

END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP: 3 More Bill Co-Sponsors (Flores, Fortenberry & Schweikert)

Friday, March 18, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

Reps. Flores, Fortenberry & Schweikert
Reps. Bill Flores (R-Texas), Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), and David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The bill currently has 70 cosponsors and amends current U.S. code to require at least one parent to be a U.S.

END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP: 4 More Bill Co-Sponsors (Bartlett, Fleming, Hall & Schmidt)

Monday, March 14, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

(clockwise from upper left) Reps. Bartlett, Fleming, Hall & Schmidt
Reps. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.), John Fleming (R-La.), Ralph Hall (R-Texas), and Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The bill currently has 68 cosponsors and amends current U.S.

END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP: 4 More Bill Co-Sponsors (Akin, Coffman, Crawford & Lamborn)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

(clockwise from upper left) Reps. Akin, Coffman, Crawford & Lamborn
Reps. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), and Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The bill currently has 68 cosponsors and amends current U.S.

END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP: 4 Texans Co-Sponsor Bill (Carter, Conaway, Gohmert & Johnson)

Monday, March 7, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

(clockwise from upper left) Reps. Carter, Conaway, Gohmert & Johnson
Texas Reps. John Carter, Michael Conaway, Louie Gohmert, and Sam Johnson have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The bill currently has 68 cosponsors and amends current U.S. code to require at least one parent to be a U.S.

END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP: 4 More Bill Co-Sponsors (Foxx, Landry, Myrick & Scalise)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

(clockwise from upper left) Reps. Foxx, Landry, Myrick & Scalise
Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Jeff Landry (R-La.), Sue Myrick (N.C.), and Steve Scalise (R-La.) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The bill currently has 66 cosponsors and amends current U.S.

END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP: 3 More Bill Co-Sponsors (Alexander, Harper and Miller)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

Reps. Alexander, Harper, & Miller
Reps. Rodney Alexander (R-La.), Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), and Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The bill currently has 66 cosponsors and amends current U.S. code to require at least one parent to be a U.S.

3 More True Reform Freshmen Co-Sponsor Birthright Citizenship Bill (Harris, Nugent, and Nunnelee)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

Reps. Harris, Nugent & Nunnelee
Reps. Andy Harris (R-Md.), Richard Nugent (R-Fla.), and Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).

4 More Freshmen Co-Sponsor Birthright Citizenship Act (Adams, Barletta, Benishek, & Brooks)

Updated Monday, February 14, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

(clockwise from upper left) Reps. Adams, Barletta, Benishek, & Brooks
Reps. Sandy Adams (R-Fla.), Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), Dan Benishek (R-Mich.) and Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).

3 More Freshmen Sign Birthright Citizenship Bill (Griffin, Palazzo & Duncan)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

Reps. Griffin, Palazzo & Duncan
Reps. Tim Griffin (Ark.), Steve Palazzo (R-Miss.), and Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).

Reps. Woodall, Gingrey, and Miller Among Birthright Citizenship Bill's Original Cosponsors

Monday, February 7, 2011, 7:51 AM EDT

Reps. Woodall, Gingrey, and Miller
Reps. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.), Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) and Gary Miller (R-Calif.) were the original cosponsors of the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) during the first day of the 112th Congress. The bill currently has 45 cosponsors and amends current U.S.

Rep. Steve King Introduces Birthright Citizenship Bill

Updated Thursday, January 6, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

Rep. Steve King
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), 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.

Reject Birthright Citizenship

Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

An editorial published in USA Today this morning defends the practice of Birthright Citizenship which gives automatic citizenship to any child born in the United States even if the parents are not U.S. citizens.

New Report Reveals That 8% of All Children Born in U.S. are Born to Illegal Alien Parents

Thursday, August 12, 2010, 8:09 AM EDT

A new study released by the non-partisan Pew Research Center reveals that 8% of all children born in the United States in 2008 were the offspring of illegal alien parents.

Sen. Graham to Consider Birthright Citizenship Amendment

Thursday, July 29, 2010, 10:24 PM EDT

Sen. Lindsey Graham
Sen. Lindsey Graham, who up until just a few months ago was actively working on a mass amnesty bill with Sen. Chuck Schumer, said that he is considering the introduction of a Constitutional amendment that would put an end to Birthright Citizenship.

ABC Spotlights 'Birth Tourists' and Problems of Anchor Babies

Updated Thursday, April 15, 2010, 11:09 PM EDT

Rep. Gary Miller
A new ABC story highlights the abuse of Birthright Citizenship, and the growing popularity of "Birth Tourism" among foreign visitors. U.S.

Reps. Dan Burton, Jason Chaffetz, and John Kline Sponsor Birthright Citizenship Act

Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 12:47 PM EDT

Indiana Rep. Dan Burton, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, and Minnesota Rep. John Kline have cosponsored Rep. Nathan Deal's Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 (H.R.1868).

Reps. Henry Brown, Geoff Davis, and Rodney Alexander Sponsor Birthright Citizenship Act

Wednesday, June 10, 2009, 3:37 PM EDT

Rep. Henry Brown, Rep. Geoff Davis & Rep. Rodney Alexander
South Carolina Rep. Henry Brown, Kentucky Rep. Geoff Davis, and Louisiana Rep. Rodney Alexander have cosponsored Rep. Nathan Deal's Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 (H.R.1868).

Birthright Citizenship Act adds 25 more Cosponsors

Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 2:51 PM EDT

Rep. Nathan Deal
Rep. Nathan Deal's (R-Ga.) bill to end Birthright Citizenship added 25 new cosponsors after the Memorial Day recess. The bill currently has 71 cosponsors in addition to Deal and is one of the five bills closely followed by NumbersUSA.

Reps. Ed Whitfield and John Linder Sponsor Birthright Citizenship Act

Tuesday, June 2, 2009, 10:06 AM EDT

Rep. Ed Whitfield & Rep. John Linder
Kentucky Rep. Ed Whitfield and Georgia Rep. John Linder were among the 40 original cosponsors when Rep. Nathan Deal introduced the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 (H.R.1868) last month.

Reps. Dean Heller and Randy Neugebauer Sponsor Birthright Citizenship Act

Friday, May 29, 2009, 10:50 AM EDT

Rep. Dean Heller & Rep. Randy Neugebauer
Nevada Rep. Dean Heller and Texas Rep. Randy Neugebauer were among the 40 original cosponsors when Rep. Nathan Deal introduced the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 (H.R.1868) last month.

Reps. Paul Broun and Kenny Marchant Sponsor Birthright Citizenship Act

Wednesday, May 27, 2009, 1:33 PM EDT

Rep. Paul Broun & Rep. Kenny Marchant
Georgia Rep. Paul Broun and Texas Rep. Kenny Marchant were among the 40 original cosponsors when Rep. Nathan Deal introduced the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 (H.R.1868) last month.

Reps. Jeb Hensarling and Trent Franks Sponsor Birthright Citizenship Act

Friday, May 22, 2009, 2:48 PM EDT

Reps. Jeb Hensarling and Trent Franks
Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling and Arizona Rep. Trent Franks were among the 40 original cosponsors when Rep. Nathan Deal introduced the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 (H.R.1868) last month.

Reps. Bilbray and Lungren Sponsor Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 9:00 AM EDT

Reps. Dan Lungren and Brian Bilbray
California Reps. Brian Bilbray and Dan Lungren were among the 40 original cosponsors when Rep. Nathan Deal introduced the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 (H.R.1868) last month.

Reps. Roe and Marchant cosponsor Birthright Citizenship Bill

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 12:11 PM EDT

Reps. Marchant and Roe
Reps. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and Kenny Marchant (R-Texas) have cosponsored H.R.140, the Birthright Citizenship Act. The bill was introduced by Rep. Steve King and is part of NumbersUSA's 5 Great Immigration-Reduction Solutions.

Rep. Steve King Introduces Birthright Citizenship Bill to New Congress

Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 9:29 AM EDT

Rep. Steve King
Rep. Steve King has introduced the first immigration bill into the 113th Congress - the Birthright Citizenship Act that would end the practice of giving automatic citizenship to every child born in the United States.

New Report Combats Claim that Ending Birthright Citizenship would Cost Taxpayers Billions of Dollars

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies repudiates claims made by a high-immigration group that ending Birthright Citizenship would cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars per year. Earlier this year, the National Foundation for American Policy released a new report

Sen. John Boozman Co-Sponsors Birthright Citizenship Bill

Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

Sen. John Boozman
Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) has co-sponsored Sen. David Vitter's (R-La.) legislation that would amend federal law to require at least one parent of children born in the United States be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 (S.723)

Majority of Americans Oppose Birthright Citizenship for Illegal Aliens

Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

A new Rasmussen poll shows that 61% of Americans oppose granting citizenship to the children of illegal aliens and that most Americans oppose giving government services to illegal aliens.

END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP: 2 More Bill Co-Sponsors (Davis and Wilson)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

Reps. Davis & Wilson
Reps. Geoff Davis (R-Kent.) and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The bill currently has 72 co-sponsors and amends current U.S. code to require at least one parent to be a U.S.

CIS: Nearly 200,000 Children Born in U.S. to Temporary Foreign Visitors

Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

A new report by the Center for Immigration Studies finds that 200,000 children were born to women who were lawfully admitted to the United States on a temporary basis. These 200,000 children receive automatic citizenship to the United States despite the mother's allegiance to another nation.

END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP: 4 More Bill Co-Sponsors (Burton, Garrett, Jones & Stutzman)

Thursday, March 10, 2011, 1:57 PM EDT

(clockwise from upper left) Reps. Burton, Garrett, Jones & Stutzman
Reps. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), and Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The bill currently has 68 cosponsors and amends current U.S.

END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP: 4 More Bill Co-Sponsors (Broun, Kingston, Posey & Westmoreland)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

(clockwise from upper left) Reps. Broun, Kingston, Posey & Westmoreland
Reps. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), Bill Posey (R-Fla.), and Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The bill currently has 68 cosponsors and amends current U.S.

END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP: Rep. Sam Graves Co-Sponsors Bill

Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

Rep. Sam Graves
Rep. Sam Graves has cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The bill currently has 66 cosponsors and amends current U.S. code to require at least one parent to be a U.S.

END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP: 4 More Bill Co-Sponsors (Cravaack, Graves, Kline & Smith)

Monday, February 28, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

(clockwise from upper left) Reps. Cravaack, Graves, Kline & Smith
Reps. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.), Tom Graves (R-Ga.), John Kline (R-Minn.) and Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The bill currently has 66 cosponsors and amends current U.S.

END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP: 2 More Bill Co-Sponsors (Forbes & Stearns)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

Reps. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The bill currently has 66 cosponsors and amends current U.S. code to require at least one parent to be a U.S.

4 More Members Co-Sponsor Birthright Citizenship Act (Rogers, Bachus, Neugebauer, and Sessions)

Friday, February 18, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

(clockwise from upper left) Reps. Bachus, Rogers, Neugebauer, & Sessions
Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas), and Pete Sessions (R-Texas) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The bill currently has 65 cosponsors and amends current U.S.

4 More Members Co-Sponsor Birthright Citizenship Act (J. Duncan, Manzullo, Royce, and Walberg)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

(clockwise from upper left) Reps. John Duncan, Manzullo, Royce, and Walberg
Reps. John Duncan (R-Tenn.), Don Manzullo (R-Ill.), Ed Royce (R-Calif.), and Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). The bill currently has 62 cosponsors and amends current U.S.

4 More California Members Co-Sponsor Birthright Citizenship Act (Bilbray, Calvert, Campbell & Hunter)

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

(clockwise from upper left) Reps. Bilbray, Calvert, Campbell, & Hunter
Reps. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.), Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), John Campbell (R-Calif.), and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). All four Members signed onto the bill shortly after it was introduced in the 112th Congress.

4 Freshmen Co-Sponsor Birthright Citizenship Act (West, Womack, Ross & McKinley)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 7:45 AM EDT

(clockwise from top left) Reps. West, McKinley, Womack & Ross
Reps. Allen West (R-Fla.), David McKinley (R-W.Va.), Dennis Ross (R-Fla.), and Steve Womack (R-Ark.) have cosponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).

Los Angeles County Spent $600 Million on Social Services to Illegal Aliens in 2010

Friday, January 21, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

A new document released by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors reveals startling information on the money spent on social services for illegal aliens in 2010.

END BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP

Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

Rep. Steve King
The United States government currently recognizes any person born on American soil as a “natural born” citizen and ignores the Constitutional requirement that one must also be “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States in order to automatically gain citizenship. The U.S.

Take our Poll: Should the United States End the Practice of Birthright Citizenship?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

The issue of Birthright Citizenship has taken over the headlines in recent weeks, and we want to know how you feel.

60,000 Non-Citizen Births in Texas Each Year

Monday, August 9, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

A new report released by Texas' Health and Human Services Commission shows that more than 60,000 children are born to non-citizens each year -- most to illegal aliens.

Rep. Greg Walden Cosponsors Birthright Citizenship Bill

Thursday, April 22, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

Rep. Greg Walden
Oregon Rep. Greg Walden has cosponsored H.R.1868 that would require at least one parent of a newborn to be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident before receiving citizenship. The bill was offered by former Rep.

Sen. Shelby Shows Support for Birthright Citizenship Bill

Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 12:54 PM EDT

Sen. Richard Shelby
Sen. Richard Shelby fielded questions during a Town Hall meeting in North Alabama on Saturday and showed his support for a birthright citizenship law. Currently, the United States grants automatic citizenship to all children born in the country.

Rep. Todd Tiahrt Cosponsors Three Immigration-Reduction Bills

Friday, June 26, 2009, 1:25 PM EDT

Rep. Todd Tiahrt
Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) added his name to the list of cosponsors to three of the "5 Great Immigration-Reduction Bills" supported by NumbersUSA. On Thursday, Rep. Tiahrt cosponsored Rep. Phil Gingrey's Chain Migration Bill, Rep. Nathan Deal's Birthright Citizenship Act, and Rep.

NumbersUSA Recognizes the Original Sponsors of the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009

Updated Friday, June 5, 2009, 2:00 PM EDT

Rep. Nathan Deal
There were 40 original cosponsors when Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) introduced the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 (H.R.1868). The bill would add requirements to citizenship for babies born in the United States or its territories.

Reps. John Culberson and Thaddeus McCotter Sponsor Birthright Citizenship Act

Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 11:35 AM EDT

Rep. John Culberson & Rep. Thaddeus McCotter
Texas Rep. John Culberson and Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter were among the 40 original cosponsors when Rep. Nathan Deal introduced the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 (H.R.1868) last month.

Reps. Jim Jordan and Mike Conaway Sponsor Birthright Citizenship Act

Monday, June 1, 2009, 10:47 AM EDT

Rep. Jim Jordan & Rep. Mike Conaway
Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan and Texas Rep. Mike Conaway were among the 40 original cosponsors when Rep. Nathan Deal introduced the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 (H.R.1868) last month.

Reps. John Campbell and Jack Kingston Sponsor Birthright Citizenship Act

Thursday, May 28, 2009, 11:03 AM EDT

Rep. John Campbell & Rep. Jack Kingston
California Rep. John Campbell and Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston were among the 40 original cosponsors when Rep. Nathan Deal introduced the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 (H.R.1868) last month.

Reps. Phil Gingrey and Kevin Brady Sponsor Birthright Citizenship Act

Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 12:37 PM EDT

Rep. Gingrey & Rep. Brady
Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey and Texas Rep. Kevin Brady were among the 40 original cosponsors when Rep. Nathan Deal introduced the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 (H.R.1868) last month.

Reps. Lynn Westmoreland and Walter Jones Sponsor Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009, 10:12 AM EDT

Reps. Westmoreland and Jones
Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland and North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones were among the 40 original cosponsors when Rep. Nathan Deal introduced the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 (H.R.1868) last month.

Rep. Nathan Deal Reintroduces Bill to End Birthright Citizenship

Updated Monday, May 18, 2009, 9:13 PM EDT

Rep. Nathan Deal
Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) reintroduced his Birthright Citizenship bill that would eliminate automatic citizenship for children born in the United States.

In the News

Illegal immigration: Can states win fight against 'birthright citizenship'?

In the News - Friday, January 7, 2011

Most legal experts agree that the 14th Amendment of the Constitution guarantees citizenship to any person born in the US, regardless of parentage. But these lawmakers seek to follow in the steps of the Arizona immigration law, which ignited a national conversation on illegal immigration even though it could be declared unconstitutional by the courts. Similarly, the lawmakers hope to create a public groundswell against "birthright citizenship," forcing Congress to act.

By Daniel B. Wood -- Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2011/0107/Illegal-immigration-Can-states-win-fight-against-birthright-citizenship

L.A. County welfare to children of illegal immigrants grows

In the News - Sunday, September 5, 2010

Welfare payments to children of illegal immigrants in Los Angeles County increased in July to $52 million, prompting renewed calls from one county supervisor to rein in public benefits to such families.

The payments, made to illegal immigrants for their U.S. citizen children, included $30 million in food stamps and $22 million from the CalWorks welfare program, according to county figures released Friday by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

By Teresa Watanabe -- Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-illegal-welfare-20100906,0,3446997.story

Birthright of a Nation

In the News - Friday, August 13, 2010

DESPITE persistent calls for comprehensive immigration reform, the hot debate today is about an old issue: birthright citizenship.

The citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment, adopted in 1868, provides that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States...” This language has traditionally been interpreted to give automatic citizenship to anyone born on American soil, even to the children of illegal immigrants.

Congress plans to hold hearings this fall on a constitutional amendment to change that language, something even moderate Republican senators like South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham support. With a new study showing that undocumented mothers account for a disproportionate number of births, even some Democrats might find it hard to stand opposed to altering the citizenship clause.

By Peter H. Schuck -- New York Times Op-ed

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/14/opinion/14schuck.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

An argument to be made about immigrant babies and citizenship

In the News - Monday, April 5, 2010

A simple reform would drain some scalding steam from immigration arguments that may soon again be at a roiling boil. It would bring the interpretation of the 14th Amendment into conformity with what the authors of its text intended, and with common sense, thereby removing an incentive for illegal immigration.

To end the practice of "birthright citizenship," all that is required is to correct the misinterpretation of that amendment's first sentence: "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." From these words has flowed the practice of conferring citizenship on children born here to illegal immigrants.

By George Will -- Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/26/AR2010032603077.html

A birthright the U.S. can't afford

In the News - Monday, July 20, 2009

In his July 15 column "Immigration debacle," Tim Rutten uses Americans' natural reluctance to deport illegal immigrant parents of U.S.-born children as a weapon to attack efforts at immigration enforcement. Nothing new there. In his dissent to the majority ruling in United States vs. Wong Kim Ark -- the 1898 Supreme Court decision affirming that birth in the United States automatically confers citizenship -- Chief Justice Melville Fuller foresaw how this "birthright" would hinder enforcement of immigration law:

"[C]an the persons expelled be subjected to 'cruel and unusual punishments' in the process of expulsion, as would be the case if children born to them in this country were separated from them on their departure, because citizens of the United States?"

By Mitchell Young -- Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-oew-young20-2009jul20,0,6370949.story

Most U.S. Hispanic Kids Have Immigrant Parents

In the News - Friday, May 29, 2009

A majority of Hispanic children are now U.S.-born children of immigrants, primarily Mexicans who came to this country in an immigration wave that began about 1980, according to a report released yesterday.

The analysis of census data by the nonpartisan, Washington-based Pew Hispanic Center charts a substantial demographic shift among the nation's 16 million Hispanic children, who constitute one of the fastest growing child populations in the United States and account for more than one of five U.S. children. As recently as 1980, nearly six of 10 Latino children were in the third generation or higher, meaning that their parents, and often their grandparents and great-grandparents, were native-born U.S. citizens. Only three of 10 were in the second generation -- born in the United States to parents who immigrated.

By N.C. Aizenman -- Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/28/AR2009052801506.html

Stats

Welfare Benefits to Illegal Aliens in Los Angeles County in 2010

Stats - Friday, January 21, 2011