H.R.1868 - Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009

To amend section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to clarify those classes of individuals born in the United States who are nationals and citizens of the United States at birth. view all titles (2)

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  • Official: To amend section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to clarify those classes of individuals born in the United States who are nationals and citizens of the United States at birth. as introduced.
  • Short: Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 as introduced.

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    Teri 06/09/2009 9:50pm

    We wouldnt have to amend our constitution if illegals werent taking advantage of our legal system. Illegal immigrants come to our country just to have their children so that their children can be automatic citizens. Thats their unalienable right? What about those of us who here legally, work our whole lives and play by the rules? Or how about those who come through our immigration process legally? What about their rights? No other country in the world allows this not even Communist Russia.

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    CandyMorency 04/30/2010 12:59pm

    Pity to you that Russia hasn’t been communist since 1991. I believe that they should be considered “born abroad” and deported if their parents are here undocumented – i.e. they have NO pending citizenship status and lack a green card/Visa.

  • fgjames 05/30/2009 1:49pm

    I fully support this bill. It will help stop pregnant women from entering illegally for the purpose of trying to have their baby in the US.

  • spoopryme 05/30/2009 3:36pm

    Fury24, im not trying to start a fight here, but if a childs parents do something illigal, and the parents are sent away to prison for many years, the child is also being punished for what the parents did.

    alphaomega, i agree with you. there is a system in place to alter ammendments to the constitution, and if something like this passes it will only open the door to more, similar abuses. however, labelling people who try and circumvent the system communists is a tad confrontational, as nazi socialists or just downright liars and thieves could do something similar without being communist…

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    Teri 06/09/2009 9:54pm

    Amen. I got your back on this one Spoopryme.

  • chalam 05/31/2009 4:20am

    The bill needs to be more comprehensive. What about children of parents who are legally in the US and are awaiting then Permanent residency? or are in long term PhDs?

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    TheoThoughts 08/31/2009 6:40pm


  • AlphaOmega 05/31/2009 5:48am
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    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. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
    This is section 1 of the amendment above. Read it! All persons in the United States are SUBJECTS of the United States… is EXACTLY what it says. Subjects are under something while Citizens are the PEOPLE that are OVER the government. The 14th Amendment itself is Communism…

  • AlphaOmega 05/31/2009 5:53am
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    Title 8 USC § 1101(a)(40). Definitions. The term “world communism” means a revolutionary movement, the purpose of which is to establish eventually a Communist totalitarian dictatorship in any or all the countries of the world through the medium of an internationally coordinated Communist political movement.
    The Communist Manifesto’s stated goals:
    “Abolition of the family! Even the most radical flare up at this infamous proposal of the Communists.”
    “The Communists are further reproached with desiring to abolish countries and nationality.”

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    Teri 06/09/2009 9:55pm

    Dont you think your comments are a bit over the top?

  • AlphaOmega 05/31/2009 6:00am
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    Part #3
    This BILL is a sham since they (the Government) would lose jurisdiction of more potential SUBJECTS.
    You guys need to look at the bigger picture. The 14th Amendment is the call to Communism. If you are born in NJ then how can you be a SUBJECT of the United States? If you were born in Florida then you are a Citizen of FLORIDA so how can you be a SUBJECT of the United States? Read the Amendment and then consider what it was that people did when someone was born prior to the 14th Amendment. At birth you are a CITIZEN of YOUR STATE and a SUBJECT of NOPLACE.

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    Teri 06/09/2009 9:56pm


    Take your own advice and DONT PANIC

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    Americafirst 05/31/2009 8:39pm

    Take your race card home.
    Race has nothing to do with Citizenship.

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    justin02b 08/11/2009 3:08pm


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    Fyreseer 06/01/2009 2:27am

    Everyone thinks that we should cave in to someone claiming racism. I, for one, am durn tired of hearing that bullhokey. I support this bill, because it is intended to lessen the amount of ILLEGAL immigrants. It is not intended to stop the child of those here LEGALLY from becoming a US citizen. The illegal wave is bankrupting our country, from the hospitals who HAVE to treat them (by law!) even though they know the person will never pay, to the jobs they steal (with 8 million unemployed, you can’t tell me “we don’t want the jobs”), to the taxes they don’t pay into the system that supports them. I’m tired of paying to support lazy, shiftless people, citizens or not! You don’t like this? Call your governmental representatives to repeal welfare and medicaid. THAT is what they’re sucking us dry through.

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    apache01 07/28/2009 5:20am

    No you jackass, it doesn’t!! It clearly targets ALL people who come here illegally!!! It’s Mexicans fault if they chose willingly to come here illegally and break our Federal laws and citizenship guidelines in the first place. It’s not my fault that most of the illegals here are Mexicans, but theirs, and theirs alone! Go back to sleep and let the grown ups talk here.

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    apache01 07/28/2009 5:23am

    And the AREN’T Mexican Americans damn it!!! You aren’t any sort of American if you aren’t here legally, the right way!!! You’d be an illegal and one of the very ones who need to be sent back to your own country and banished from EVER becoming a US citizen since you couldn’t even come here the right way the first time. That just shows what kind of law breaker you are! We have enough of those here already, and don’t need more law breakers from any other country here committing crimes on our people and our soil!

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    apache01 07/28/2009 5:47am

    And that’s another thing. People throughout this whole country need to Drop, all this sirname bullshit! If you’re an American, then you’re an American no matter what color your skin is. That’s only there for someone to give each group some sort of special or different treatment and apply a whole different set of rules when dealing with you. I don’t go around saying I’m a Caucasian American! F*&k that! I’m an American, born here, family’s been here since the 1600’s on both side, I’m a Veteran, and have some education, but I don’t let that education override the good old fashioned common sense I have like so many now a days do! If you travel and vacation to another country, do you tell those people you’re a Mexican American, an Afro American, an Italian American? Hell no you don’t!!! You simply say you’re an American. So why do the shit here?

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    jodamur 07/29/2009 12:40pm

    They are not Mexican Americans if they are here illegally they are Mexicans Braking our Immigration laws and need to be sent home, Mexico. Let their Government take care of them. and pay for their babies being born. 99.9% of them work under the table and do not pay taxes.

  • AlphaOmega 05/31/2009 1:52pm
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    14th Amendment says, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities…” Now the 14th Amendment is a RIGHT listed in the BILL OF RIGHTS that contains the wording of “PRIVLAGE” and “IMMUNITY.” You might think this is trivial but it is a grand flaw since all men are created equal so there are no privileges to abridge. From the moment we are born we are Citizens of the State we are born in and all of us then have UNALIENABLE RIGHTS. Do you see how the 14th Amendment is flawed in every possible way and I’m only addressing the 1st section?

    The 14th Amendment declares that anyone born in the US is a SUBJECT of the same. This bill will not pass but will attempt to convince the SUBJECTS that Congress is worth their pay. Why would they want to lose millions of those new subjects that vote in those RULERS? All SUBJECTS are slaves of whoever the RULERS are; you must read the 14th and think about it. Then read the Communist Manifesto.

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    Fyreseer 06/01/2009 2:34am

    Actually, you’re taking the word subject out of context. That’s one of the issues with English (and one of its beauties, too) – that moving a word to a slightly different place creates an entirely new meaning. The amendment says “subject to the jurisdiction”, not that the person is a subject of the state. It means that the person is accountable to the laws and judges of the US. (Which we all know are half wacko at this point.) It is not implying that we are subjects of the US, just that we are subject to the laws of it.

    I think we should treat an alteration to this amendment with an amendment (a la “Prohibition”), because the people of the US need to decide on this. But we need to decide with our eyes open and FULLY aware of the consequences, and we need to do it BY HAND rather than with the corruptible electronic voting machines.

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    AlphaOmega 06/01/2009 10:07am
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    Actually, the amendment reads, “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.” That means that if you were born in the United States you are a subject of the United States. So, prior to the 14th Amendment what were you when you were born, actually? The 14th Amendment is not even a proper Amendment but do as you will.

    I wonder if you realized that the 14th goes by the name of the Red Amendment. There are books and sites about “The Red Amendment” look them up on a search. Now you get into defining those that are subjected or subjects. It has only one meaning being, “likely to be affected by.” When a KING passes an edict you are his SUBJECT just as you are subject to US authority thanks to the 14th Amendment.
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    Watchemoket 07/14/2010 12:14pm

    How can you be so blindly ignorant?
    The phrase is “subject TO the jurisdiction thereof” not “subject OF the jurisdiction thereof” (which would be grammatically incorrect anyway).
    If you think that only citizens are subject to the jurisdiction of the USA or its states, then you must also think that illegals can’t be prosecuted for violating our laws.
    PLEASE take a remedial English course!

  • yvikrant 06/01/2009 9:48am

    This bill should be passed such that the law is applicable retroactively going back to Christopher Columbus, who was the first illegal immigrant. Citizenship must be cancelled retrocatively to all descendants of illegal immigrants dating back to Christopher Columbus, even if the descendants are born in America.

  • chrisso 06/02/2009 2:01pm

    This bill is a great effort to stop people from abusing the system. It’s such a great feeling going to the the market and seeing illegal aliens with American children filling up grocery carts full of food and then handing the cashier a WIC card. I remember when I could afford to purchase that much food. I guess those were the “good-old” days. I really can’t understand how my fellow Americans can support people who are hurting decent, hard-working Americans? I have lost jobs due illegal aliens. I pay a ton of taxes due to illegal aliens. My hospitals are closing due to illegal aliens. My schools are overcrowded due to illegal aliens. By the time many of the American supporters of illegal aliens realize that it has hurt your family, it will be too late to correct.

  • AbePena 06/02/2009 6:26pm

    this is the closest bill to date, that is comparible to the cabinet jornal of 1819, which describes the contituion but does address that birthright is granted to those with validity, but not undocumented persons. which is why according to my reservation elders, native americans are not constituionally a citizen of the US, yet born in the united states, there are also records and memos from that time that regard birthright and citizenship. there are many cases of english families and french whom have children in the united states, but are considered according to admiral laws, to be from the country of their parents. There was no debate in this issue, until the 1920’s for some odd reason.

  • beanwarrior 06/03/2009 5:17am

    This bill makes perfect sense. Once everyone born in the US was an american do to the difficulties of transportation at the time. Parents left their countries to immigrate to the US and took weeks or even months to get here. So a child “conceived in transit” had no ties to the home country.
    Now anyone takes a plane and a few hours later are in the US.
    Drops the kid, gets an anchor to stay.
    The right to citizenship most be earned, and the bill makes for a clear modern definition of the requirements.

    I am all for it.

    Maybe it will even reduce the amount of people tha come to the US to accidentally have children here and have the american tax payer stuck with the bill.

  • kjTX 06/03/2009 10:24am

    This bill is a nice ploy to slide something in under the radar on all of us DUMB Americans. I don’t suppose anyone noticed the second sentence of this rediculous bill, did they?

    Here it is… “Current U.S. law automatically recognizes any person born on American soil as natural born citizen.”

    HELLO? Since when?? I haven’t seen any law that would dictate “natural born” citizen status. Just “CITIZEN”. And yes, there IS a difference. In order to be a NATURAL BORN citizen, BOTH of your parents have to be US citizens, either by birth or naturalization. PERIOD. No other way to be a “natural born” citizen. Nice try Congress! Go back to high school civics class!

  • kjTX 06/03/2009 10:32am
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    I alomost forgot the most important thing about a “NATURAL BORN” citizen…

    In order for you to be a natural born citizen, not only must BOTH of your parents be US citizens, but you must ALSO have to be born on American soil. Not one or the other. Both conditions must apply.

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