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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    dihayden29 08/05/2010 3:28pm
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    The reason to not be motivated to be assimilated in an incredibly cold, critical and prejudice society is a strong one. I don’t blame them do you? Would you want to be assimilated to the society described above? Would you want to change everything you are, believe and stand for in order to be accepted by the society described above? Would that be worth your time, effort and energy for such a drastic 360 degree change to your person? How would you answer these questions?

    Millions of Americans today have ancestry with these “illegal immigrants” that formed and founded this Grand Nation. Are you now slamming our Forefathers who by the way, had their parents come “illegally” as Pilgrims to Plymouth Rock? Back in the 1600’s, there was no government or official government buildings where you’re supposed to register yourself as a “legal citizen”. There was nothing but dirt, trees, and rivers. Read US History.

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    jasonguthrie 09/19/2010 6:46am

    I’ve seen this forefathers argument multiple times now. I agree that this country would be nothing without the “illegal” aliens that first came to this country. But why is it so wrong to change our opinions/laws/regulations based on new facts or circumstances? Our forefathers were great men, but even they were not able to imagine the state of our country today.

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    csusbstudent 12/07/2010 12:33pm

    The founders of this country were not illegal immigrants. Citizenship by nature does not exist, it is created by law. There was no requirement for citizenship in the 1600s so there was no way anyone could be illegal. Although the Constitution of 1787 mentioned citizens, it did not define citizenship. It was in 1868 that a definition of citizenship entered the Constitution, with the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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    Locke1689 05/02/2010 5:34pm

    >But children born to individuals in the US who are foreign diplomats or have visitors visas are not citizens because they are not subject to the laws of the US.

    Mostly false. Except for foreign diplomats, specifically foreign attaches and ambassadors, all people on US soil are subject to US law. Those are the only exceptions. To make it clear, *unless one is the appointed representative of a foreign government, acknowledged by the US State Department, all people on US soil are considered subject to the legal jurisdiction of the United States.

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    epritchardoc 07/28/2009 5:12am

    I’m sorry but I disagree about violating the 14th amendment. I doubt very seriously that our framers anticipated that people from other countries (like Mexico, which was totally different back then where territory is concerned) were going to sneak into the US so there unborn children would be citizens upon birth and thus giving them (the illegal parents) access to our Social Security, health care, etc. I think this bill clarifies what the framers intended.

    People who come to the US illegally for the purpose of giving there children citizenship in the US are nothing short of sneak thieves. There are NO circumstances (child or not) that should be an exception to this rule. Who knows, maybe we could actually cut down on some of the illegal crossings and, dare I say, deaths in the deserts from sneaking in to the US.

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    qldaustralia 09/29/2009 11:40am

    “I doubt very seriously that our framers anticipated that people from other countries…were going to sneak into the US so there unborn children would be citizens upon birth and thus giving them…access to our Social Security, health care, etc.”

    How about this:

    “I doubt very seriously that our framers anticipated that people from other countries…were going to sneak into the US so there unborn children would be citizens upon birth and thus giving them…access to our land, our resources, our sources of food, etc.”

    We were founded by “undocumented immigrants” (or “illegals”) – who stole from others and murdered them to get what they wanted. Yet you don’t think they would mean that people should become citizens in the very manner they became citizens? Interesting.

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    KISS 05/31/2010 8:53am

    Your argument is to govern prior to Constitutional law!

    Get over your anger and ego.

    That was then, this is now. America is governed by laws.

    Citzenship rights need to be clarified so prevent this situation of illegally crossing our borders to steal benefits paid for by lawful citizens. They are thieves.

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    apache01 07/28/2009 5:36am

    Oh, is that right? Well, let me ask you this then. Two illegals heading for the US border, mother pregnant and about to drop, both KNOWING they don’t have documentation to be here at all, but trying to cross the border Illegally, they get 5 miles from the US Border when the mother delivers her child, but they proceed on and stop at the first town they come to on American soil and tell the people there the child was born on US soil. Should any of them be given citizenship and full rights? Not just no, but HELL NO! If they aren’t citizens, then their child aint either! They are all just here visiting!!!!!!!!!! Like any German, or European tourist just over here on vacation, or as they say it, on Holiday!

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    DanKat 12/30/2010 12:59pm

    Okay, what is the pregnant one doing traveling at a time like that when she is about to give birth? Sounds like an ulterior motive to me.

    I agree – Hell no.

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    Americafirst 08/02/2009 7:54pm
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    You have not read the ENTIRE Amendment. " and SUBJECT to the jurisdiction thereof" is what you are missing. A foreigner is NOT A SUBJECT of the US, and there fore all kids a foreigners! The CURRENT law is unconstituional!

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    Watchemoket 07/14/2010 12:00pm

    As I replied to another poster above, that phrase does not mean ‘subject’ in the same sense as ‘citizen’ – it refers to a person being required to obey the laws. If the drafters intended the Amendment to mean what you claim, they would have said “and A subject thereof”.
    This differentiates ordinary people from those here with (for example) diplomatic immunity. An Ambassador (and his/her family) are NOT “subject to the jurisdiction” of the US or any state. A foreign Ambassador’s child, born in the US, would NOT become a US (or state) citizen by operation ot the 14th Amendment.

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    jpope 11/06/2009 10:47am
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    Well said, and I couldn’t agree more.

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    Americafirst 02/21/2010 5:37pm
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    Born in USA AND! AND AND! SUBJECT to the jurisdiction.

    A mexician is not the subject of USA. So 14th supports this bill.

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    MariaNJ 04/29/2010 7:39pm

    The problem we are now facing with illegal immigration and anchor babies has gotten out of hand. When the 14th Amendment was passed they did not foresee the abuse it will create with illegal aliens of today. So the 14th Amendment needs to be amended to avoid abuse of anchoring babies. Amending it to stop the abuse of anchoring babies is not violating ones civil rights.

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    ControlFreaks 05/25/2010 8:00pm

    That’s right. “….and subject to the jurisdiction thereof,……”.

    The wetbacks are not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States!

    They are subject to the jurisdiction of their home country. This is the very reason that the Kenyan-born Village Idiot is not eligible to serve as president of this country.

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    Americafirst 05/31/2009 8:37pm

    EXACTLY! Read the words!
    What part of “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof,” dont you understand?
    Foreigners are not subjects of the USA and there for their children are NOT US citizens. The 14th Amendment SUPPORTS this bill.

    REPORT AND DEPORT!

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    MariaNJ 04/29/2010 8:48pm

    AHHHH I SEE. So who interpret that it is???? Regardless if the foreigner illegal or or legal give birth the child is not a US citizen. gotcha. thanks.

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    laurenms 09/17/2009 6:52pm
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    Again do you people choose to be ignorent or are you just born that way???? Stop foccusing on the parents mistake for just a second and think of the children!! whats to become of them if this bill passes when they grow up?. Suffer the hardships the way there parents did for coming to the us illegaly. When they were acctually born on american soil and have absolutly no say in there parents decision to come here illegally? Of what country would they be citizens of? This bill makes me sick and so does Rep Deal for being ignorent and well racist. Taking the birth rights is’nt going to make anything better i simply just don’t understand why we should blame the children and deny them the rights they should be intitled to.

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    MariaNJ 04/29/2010 8:27pm

    In today’s anchor babies illegal aliens with NO STABLE INCOME from A VALID COMPANY’s sponsorships is not the same as Diplomats’s , Military personnels, Corporate Employees or Teachers whose profession takes them to other countries. Their children were given citizenships by what ever country they reside at that time DUE TO THEIR PROFESSION. Most go back to their respective countries whereas, illegal aliens who abuse AMerican’s system of immigration intentionally and unlawfully give birth to get automatic citizenships – THAT IS AGAINST THE 14TH AMENDMENT IF YOU REALLY READ IT CAREFULLY. The 14th Amendment was not written to abuse such right. Nor should it. It needs to be amended to make it clearer. The abuse illegal aliens’ usage of anchor babies is a violation of the 14th amendment to be honest. if you really read it the 14th amendment clearly states if the woman is in the country unwillfully and given birth her child is subject to be a natural citizen.

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    DanKat 12/30/2010 1:09pm

    Oh yes, just like the child born into an abusive household. It’s not his fault his parents (American Citizens) are drug addicts and abuse him throughout his childhood. However he becomes an adult and makes bad choices, commits crimes and goes to jail.
    He suffered hardships because of his parents’ choices. He had absolutely no say in how his parents conducted themselves and their lives. He can’t be blamed for his parents’ actions. Because of his parents choices, he suffers.
    But, as an adult he must make choices to better his life despite what his parents foisted upon him by their selfishness. Same with illegal’s babies. When you become an adult, you become responsible for your own life and your own actions. You can’t sit back and whine and cry that it’s not fair or it’s not your fault! That’s just too liberal!!

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    Americafirst 02/21/2010 5:36pm
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    Born in USA AND! AND AND! SUBJECT to the jurisdiction.

    A mexician is not the subject of USA. So 14th supports this bill.

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    MariaNJ 04/29/2010 8:44pm

    clarify? (in layman’s term)

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    Oldentimes 05/19/2010 4:53am

    It can be done it’s up to congress to exersise their constituitional power
    to modify as needed the provisions of this article.

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    Oldentimes 05/19/2010 5:07am

    It can be done, Congress can exercise their constitutional section 5 powers under the 14th

    Citizenship of birthright is and can be questionable due to the allegiance to America of the illegal parents.

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    ControlFreaks 05/25/2010 8:25pm
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    “…..subject to the jurisdiction thereof……”.

    That’s exactly correct. There is not a single ILLEGAL ALIEN that is, “subject to the jurisdiction thereof”. They are subject to the jurisdiction of the country that their parents came from, because once the parents are deported, that child will be a citizen of that country.

  • jazz836062 05/29/2009 11:39am

    This will do nothing unless they have the power to enforce it. Be prepared for many many more “illegal immigrants”.

  • akscjun 05/29/2009 3:49pm

    bill doesn’t say anything about children born to LEGAL IMMIGRANTS who are waiting for their green card and citizenship. Looks like short sighted bill.

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    MariaNJ 04/29/2010 8:29pm

    i believe LEGAL IMMIGRANTS AWAITING green card has (LEGAL proper) papers, like Visa or HB-1 status.

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