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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    MariaNJ 04/29/2010 9:08pm

    Illegals here in New Jersey mainly day laborers and construction are paid under the table – cash. I see them with wads of cash when they take the Spanish Mini Vans in Jersey City. Cash = not paying tax, nor tax takened out. I think the only ones that pay tax are the ones in Services: like Cleaning Service , i think they get paid in Check.

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    rangerbrig 08/14/2010 7:26am

    This bill is NOT an amendment to the Constitution it does not change the language of the 14th amendment it only clarifies it. Which is a shame because the words “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof” seem pretty clear to me. It is also clear to me that the original intent of the writers of the 14th amendment WAS NOT to allow a loophole to citizenship.

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    rangerbrig 08/14/2010 7:27am
    • In 1866, Senator Jacob Howard clearly spelled out the intent of the 14th Amendment by stating:

    “Every person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction, is by virtue of natural law and national law a citizen of the United States. This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons. It settles the great question of citizenship and removes all doubt as to what persons are or are not citizens of the United States. This has long been a great desideratum in the jurisprudence and legislation of this country.” *

    - from http://www.14thamendment.us/birthright_citizenship/original_intent.html

  • roxrunner 10/12/2009 8:26am

    They are, therefore, a sympton of a broken link in our economic system, not the problem that many here make them out to be. It is either,a) employers who refuse to pay a fair, decent and livable wage &benefits) or, b) U.S. workers who, today, so look down upon the physical labor that initially made our country so great that they refuse to do these jobs without greater pay/protections.

  • roxrunner 10/12/2009 8:26am
    Immigrants today do not have the luxury of coming into a modern day Ellis Island, like our grandparents and great-grandparents did: if they could get here and weren’t ill, they entered legally. Today, that process can take 13 years for a Mexican, to cite one example. Don’t compare apples to oranges. If you want to be angry at someone for the number of illegal/undocumented workers, look at the companies that refuse to pay legal workers a fair, decent and livable wage. Or the companies that avoid the trouble altogether and take their factories overseas so they can pay cheap labor, avoid taxes, a skirt labor and environmental laws. These are the true illegals, not those that come in to fill an economic gap that WE have created.
  • dbquad 10/12/2009 11:39am

    Just like many of the provisions of the “Original Constitution”, the Fourteenth Amendment has been perverted from its original intent. The words state that the “States” shall not make laws… It states nothing about the limits of the Federal government. We already limit which foreigners giving birth on US soil automatically gain US Citizenship. Why would we not place the same limits of Criminal Invading Aliens? While we are at it, we need a measure that requires verification of citizenship for the granting of ALL benefits, and denies those benefits to ANYONE here illegally. These are the same domestic protections used by other countries to protect their national sovereignty.
    The pundits cry that America is better than that. No we are not. We have the same rates of unemployment, a sky-rocketing national debt, and a tendency towards social programs that will bankrupt the nation eventually (Look at California!). It is time for Americans to protect America.

  • cccc 11/12/2009 5:41am
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    Read the article and then come with up with a conclusion


  • kys9036 03/20/2010 2:10pm

    I don’t feel good about parents come from diffeent countries and born children in U.S. It just not right.

  • JamesNoneYa 04/11/2010 2:18am

    When our Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution there are a great many things they could not imagine, air planes, the Internet, and “Birth Tourism.”

    How is it right for foreigners, some of which hate Americans, to give birth in our country just so their children will be citizens? Even when “legally” done and the person pays for their own medical bills it is still not right. In countries like Turkey, it is a growing business, but we are doing nothing to stop it. On the other hand, Turkey gives the US nothing but grief.

    If you are a legal resident working or married to someone working in the US, or married to a US citizen then that is one thing. However, when two foreigners come to the US just to have a child because they want that child to be American….well that is something completely different.

  • rabarbier 04/14/2010 12:35pm

    Is this bill still pending? What do we need to do to push for action on this:?

  • amystoddard 04/25/2010 11:34pm

    The “anchor baby” industry needs to be pounded.

    I’m am American citizen currently living in S. Korea while my husband has temporary assignment for a Korean automaker. I’m learning from Canadian friends who have been in Korea for 6 years, love living here, work hard as educators and pay taxes. They will NEVER have the chance to be Korean citizens. Ever. Their clients are wealthy Koreans. They enlightened me on the booming “anchor baby” industry among wealthy S. Korean women. The Korean education system is brutal…long hours for kids who achieve substandard proficiency when compared to US schools. Korean women want their kids to have 1) US Education and 2) Avoid participating in Korean military. 3) Be able to bring the fam when the kid reaches 21.

    You can argue all day long about “natural citzenship,” but when I learn of services in Los Angeles that facilitate these actions, I get furious.

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  • moattorney 04/28/2010 5:31pm

    A court only tries to determine what the framers intended when they “interpret” the Constitution. If a constitutional provision is clear from the plain meaning, a court should just apply it, not interpret it. (Standard, conservative legal theory). The 14th amendment is pretty clear, if your born in the u.s and subject to its jurisdiction, you’re a citizen. Why is the “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof” phrase in there? I’m not sure. Anybody who’s on U.S. soil is subject to its jurisdiction. If you commit a crime in the U.S., you are subject to U.S. (or, individual state) prosecution, and punishment, under U.S. (or, invididual state) laws and procedures, none of which is possible unless the court has personal jurisdiction, which it does. Same thing with a civil issue, you injure someone negligently, the court of the state where it happens has subject matter jurisdiction over the suit and personal jursidiction over you.
    This bill is patently unconstitutional.

  • MariaNJ 04/29/2010 7:30pm
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    There should amend it like this… any illegal alien INTENTIONALLY come to the USA and give birth will not be granted an automatic citizenship to the child. ONLY if the parents of the said baby is in the USA with a VALID working papers and/or VISA with a VALID COMPANY SPONSORSHIP with a revenue of over 10 million per year will the child/baby be granted US citizenship when he/she turns 18.

  • ControlFreaks 05/07/2010 10:08pm

    Good Day Congressman Hunter,

    There should be an amendment to H.R. 1868, to state, that this bill will become retroactive to Jan. 01, 2000.

    If laws can be made retro for criminal activity, then retro can also apply here. If everyone is so worried about deporting the parents of an Anchor Baby, then make the law retroactive and send the child with them.

    The Illegal parents, just like Barack Obama (Referring to his father), were not and are not under the jurisdictional rule of the United States at the time of their child’s birth, and they hold their allegiance to their native country, so no child born in this country of Illegal parents should be recognized as an American citizen.

    If the Illegals come here and have children, then their children should not be recognized as Americans, because if they had been following the law and not entered the country Illegally, then they would not have been here at the time of their child’s birth.

  • bblouse 05/21/2010 3:48pm

    The key word in all of this is ILLEGAL. They are here illegally, against the law for those who don’t know the meaning of the word, and neither they or their offspring have a right to citizenship or benefits of such. If that violates the 14th ammendment, THEN CHANGE IT! If “We the people” put it there, then “We the people” can take it away.

  • bblouse 06/16/2010 6:57am

    Our politicians just don’t care. They’re in it for their own personal gain.

  • kevinmcc 07/01/2010 11:15am

    Can we change the title to Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

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    pramsey 07/07/2010 3:17am

    “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” is a code phrase for “Amnesty for all”

  • sk1951 10/23/2010 7:08pm

    OpenCongress Summary
    This bill 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 a natural born citizen.

    This wording is wrong. the 14th amendment babies are native born.

  • dvd2003 11/14/2010 4:12pm

    “709 in favor / 290 opposed”
    Of the 290 who oppose what is your reason for opposition?
    I’m doing a report and I need to provide an argument for both sides.
    I tried looking up on Google and I only found people that support the act.

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