‘The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2013’ –No more ‘anchor’ babies?
anchor baby (definition): is a pejorative term for a child born in the United States to immigrant parents, who, as an American citizen, supposedly can later facilitate immigration for relatives. (wikipedia)
According to the 14th Amendment, “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 [Rep. Steve]King argues that was not meant to include children of undocumented immigrants.
Who is this King Clown?
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), an outspoken hardliner on immigration, introduced a bill on Thursday that would “clarify those classes of individuals born in the United States who are nationals and citizens of the United States at birth.” The Supreme Court has consistently held that anyone born in the United States, regardless of their parents’ immigration status, should receive citizenship under the 14th Amendment.
King vehemently disagrees and argues that the framers (sic) didn’t intend for the children of illegal immigrants to receive automatic birth citizenship.
“The framers did not consider the babies of illegals when they framed the 14th amendment because we didn’t have immigration law at the time so they could not have wanted to confer automatic citizenship on the babies of people who were unlawfully in the United States,” he told CityView in November 2010.
King has introduced new legislation to do away with birthright citizenship.
“We need a common sense solution to fix the flawed interpretation of the Constitution’s citizenship clause, and ‘The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2013’ does just that,” he said in a statement on Friday. “The current practice of extending U.S. citizenship to hundreds of thousands of ‘anchor babies’ must end because it creates a magnet for illegal immigration into our country. Now is the time to ensure that the laws in this country do not encourage law breaking.”
King will probably not get very far with his efforts. Eric Canter sets the legislative calender and did not respond to inquiries as to whether the bill would make it to the floor. It is expected that King’s efforts will simply get rolled over as a major initiative to overhaul national immigration policy begins to take shape. King and his colleagues look like salmon swimming upstream on this one.