H.R. 140 – Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011
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Iowa Representative Steve King has introduced H.R. 140 – the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011. This bill, if it became law
Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to consider a person born in the United States “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States for citizenship at birth purposes if the person is born in the United States of parents, one of whom is:
(1) a U.S. citizen or national;
(2) a lawful permanent resident alien whose residence is in the United States; or
(3) an alien performing active service in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Let`s suppose for a moment that the bill became law exactly as it is written. Under such a law, there could still be citizen children of illegal aliens. For example, a child born to a couple which included a citizen or legal resident and an illegal alien would be a citizen. Also, the way it`s worded, the child of two illegal aliens could still be a citizen if one of his parents had managed to join the U.S. military.
However, such a law would drastically reduce the population of babies born to illegal aliens eligible for citizenship.
I`d like to remind the reader that all babies born to Mexicans, wherever born, are already eligible to be Mexican citizens. See here.
It looks to be a tough fight. You can expect some tough opposition to changing the current practice and you can expect to be called some ugly names if you believe the practice should be changed.
This issue is being worked on at both the federal and state levels. Even failed attempts can educate the public and possibly make it a campaign issue.
H.R. 140 already has 56 co-sponsors. Click here to see if your congressman is on that list.
Let your representative know where you stand on this issue.