Bill Seeks to End Birthright CitizenshipMay 29, 2009 - by Donny Shaw
We’re getting a lot of traffic today for a bill in Congress that I must admit I hadn’t noticed. The bill, the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009, would eliminate birthright citizenship for children born to undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Current U.S. law automatically recognizes any person born on American soil as natural born citizen. Under the bill, only children with at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen, a legal permanent resident, or an undocumented immigrant serving in the military would be considered citizens.
It’s sponsored by Rep. Nathan Deal [R, GA-9], a gubernatorial candidate in Georgia, along with 46 co-sponsors. All the co-sponsors are Republicans except for Rep. Gene Taylor [D, MS-4], whose co-sponsorship affords the bill the coveted “bi-partisan” status.
This is a constitutional issue, by the way. Section 1 of the 14th amendment states:
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.