H.R.140 - Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011

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 (3)

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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.
  • Popular: Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 as introduced.
  • Short: Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 as introduced.

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  • MatraciaP 01/06/2011 5:40pm

    Man this one is pretty tough. As much as I see that we really need this, I’d hate to be the one tearing families apart, or saying no to people who just want a better life for their kid.
    I don’t see a HUGE problem with the “job taking” aspect of immigration, since illegal or not they tend to take the jobs most people don’t want. I don’t want to come off as racist, but who do you often see working on farms, in factories, and other jobs that aren’t too pleasant? Yes, there are always the exceptions. My mother, a white, lower middle class woman, works in a factory. I can tell you that she and a majority of her co-workers (many are of course immigrants) agree with me on this point. When you were last out looking for a job where did you go? I bet that most checked local retail and food businesses for hiring positions. Almost everyone I know goes this route. Many probably would not think of other options unless they DESPERATELY needed the money.
    The welfare thing, however, is a major concern.

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    Pathwerker 01/11/2011 9:44am

    To what welfare thing are you referring exactly?

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    sparkleyprincess13 01/24/2011 6:26pm

    Illegal immigrants are here is because there is a market for their work. The American worker has gotten smarter and no longer is willing to work menial jobs for such low pay. Immigrants don’t come here for shits and giggles. They come here because Americans are willing to pay them to work. The reality of the situation is that this is what the market has decided. Immigration law needs to reflect this reality.

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    bdg333 03/24/2011 6:19pm

    Such low pay is a result of supply and demand and these illegal immigrants coming here. Think about it. Supply of cheap workers inrease, wages go down. People are not working in these jobs because illegal immigrants are here. Also, Americans are willing to work menial jobs. We have zoo keepers, people who clean sewers, construction workers, gardeners, etc, who are not illegal immigrants. besides, a lot of these illegal immigrants will work in construction, a job that many people who are here legally would be willing to do, if the wages were not so low.

    Also, if the market decided to discriminate against black people, and all other minorities, you wouldn’t oppose, right? the markets would have decided it! We need our laws to reflect this reality if it happened, right? Yet, MLK and Americans (well, the non-rascist ones) opposed this.

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    Oldentimes 06/29/2012 11:37pm

    First of all two wrongs do not make it right. It is illegal to hire illegal immigrants as well.

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    katyanneclo 08/21/2012 4:42pm
    First, a reality check: Sewer workers and construction workers are some of the best paid people around and most gardeners ARE illegal..As to zookeepers..how many of THOSE jobs are there in the U.S. Three???

    Second, your logic flies in the face of what is currently happening in the U.S. 90% of our manufacturing jobs and 75% of the “service industry” has ALREADY been sent overseas. Public sector jobs are disappearing as essential services disappear and Walker and his ilk are successfully forcing union workers to take wage CUTS. If cheap “illegal” labor was not available here in the U.S. the so-called “job creators” would figure out a way to move even more jobs overseas. Then they would go to their buddies in Congress and get an exemption to the new immigration laws to allow them to import certain kinds of “essential” cheap foreign labor legally so that they could keep their already obscene profit margins intact.

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    DrDaisyJ 03/23/2011 5:22am

    U.S. Citizens include everyone born in the United States, as well as person born abroad to U.S. citizen parents, or who immigrated to the United States and became “naturalized” U.S. citizens. It also includes people who “derive” U.S. citizenship through a parent or grandparent.

    One cannot change the description of a citizen simply because we do not care for a particular race of people.

    Individuals naturalized even if classified in a contrary manner can still be parents to CITIZENS once their children are born in the USA.

    If the bill is passed, then maybe it should be retroactive to 1945 and see which side of the fence many would end up.

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    Oldentimes 01/16/2012 7:43pm

    I guarantee you, if the U.S. deported all the illegals they caught, secured the border and eventually there were no more, you can bet your bottom dollar companies who exploit these people would find other ways to fill those positions. Such as lobbing congress for tax incentives to employ school kids, older people and the like. Rather than Uncle Sam sending out so many unemployment checks, give incentives to companies who push to and hire the unemployed. You can bet fast food, packing companies and produce growers can be very inventive if they had to.
    It would be a win win for all, even the illegal, they then can go home and make their country better. We could employ many more citizens and save us a boat load of money.

    This bill would not split families. It would keep more of them together as they could all be deported at the same time and thus stay together in their own country as they would have been in the first place.
    Our laws don’t split families, those who break them do!

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    Oldentimes 06/29/2012 11:33pm

    Our laws don’t split families, those who break them do!

  • TXProgressive 01/10/2011 5:50am
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    Negating the 14th Amendment is not the way to fix immigration.

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    fakk2 01/17/2011 3:00pm

    TXProgressive, This bill doesn’t exactly negate the 14th Amendment as much as it clarifies the amendment’s targets. No country in the world recognizes illegal immigrants as citizens at birth except for the US (or so I believe, I could be VERY wrong on that though). It doesn’t change the citizenship or nationality of “…any person born before the date of the enactment of this Act” (subsection (b)(2)), so it doesn’t create a burden for those living under the current laws. Also, to MatraciaP’s comment, this bill wouldn’t so much tear families apart as it would only say “No, you can’t abuse our laws by staying somewhere you have no legal right to be anyway”.

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    Mophatt 01/31/2011 5:37am

    I am sure, when this Amendment was written, they assumed the child was born to a “legal” parent. Think of this:

    “I am an illegal woman who is pregnant. I break into your house when you aren’t looking and have my baby. Since he/she was born there, they are now partial owners to your home and can live there as your child without you being bias towards them at all. Now, you have to provide them with shelter, food and health care and if you don’t you will be punished by law because you are discriminating against them.”

    This is what you are saying is ok and should be allowed to happen. I disagree.

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    zappy 06/17/2011 7:58pm

    Your metaphor is a non-equivalency.

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    Mophatt 09/06/2011 8:46am

    How is this not equal? It is the same thing on a personal scale. The illegals come in, illeagally, and have children that are being protected because they are “citizens”. Not right.

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    Abenjamin 04/24/2012 2:36pm

    It’s not equal at all. Being born in a building doesn’t mean you’re a member of the family. The United States is more than just a place where a bunch of people happen to be. The people who would lose citizenship by this bill would be BORN here. How can you refuse citizenship to someone who has been in this country from birth?

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    dtileston 02/09/2011 7:36am

    It’s not a question of negating the 14th amendment as much as giving it further meaning. The Citizenship Clause of the 14th amendment was meant to give freed slaves citizenship since the Dred Scott v Sanford supreme court case ruled that African Americans could not be citizens. It had no basis in immigration. Just a clarification.

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    gtbx0789 03/05/2011 12:27pm

    2) Citizenship-by-birth, explicitly guaranteed in the 14th Amendment, can only be negated through constitutional amendment. This bill seeks to redefine the targets which citizenship by birth is granted to, outlined in section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. It’s redefinition of citizenship status, via birth, within the jurisdiction of the United States, directly conflicts with Section 1 in the 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.

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    Oldentimes 03/10/2012 1:25am

    Clarifying it would……….

  • fakk2 01/17/2011 3:00pm

    I can’t say I like the idea of mom’s and dad’s staying in a prison somewhere waiting to be arraigned while their newborn is waiting in a hospital and then travel across the border (north or south) in a van or plane, but then again, if someone is willing to break the law, then that’s a risk they take; same as me driving drunk hoping i don’t get pulled over, it’s a risk (no I don’t drink and drive btw). This bill, if it were to pass, would hopefully send a red flag to illegal immigrants saying this loophole has been closed and it’s better for you and your children if you take the legal approach. It’s slower and costlier, but it’s safer and gives them a better quality of life when they do gain legal status.

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    Abenjamin 04/24/2012 2:39pm

    The illegal immigrants know it’s better to take the legal approach. Most likely they don’t have the money to do so.

  • WalterBrownJr 01/19/2011 1:11am

    This proposed legislation is Constitutional finding authority under “Article 1 Section 8, To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization”. Complies with the spirit of legislation passed in 1790’s by the founding fathers.

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    MichaelDSP 01/24/2011 6:05am

    Since the 14th Amendment protects birthright citizenship, the only way to change it is through a Constitutional Amendment.

  • WalterBrownJr 01/19/2011 1:29am

    Founding father’s take on the issue: First you gain temporary residency from the state you reside in, then you can apply for US citizenship.

    The fourteenth amendment did not change this, it requires that you be subject to the jurisdiction of the United States when born in order to be born as a citizen. This is clearly not the case for a child born to two foreign citizens temporarily or illegaly in the US, their child is a citizen of the parents nation(s)of origin.

    United States Congress, “An act to establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization” (March 26, 1790): http://www.indiana.edu/~kdhist/H105-documents-web/week08/naturalization1790.html

  • GROM 01/19/2011 7:53am

    So, if this passes, all of you should be sent back to Europe. The first few presidents were born on England-controlled land. I am a legal resident, soon to be a citizen, and my illegal immigrant wife will have US babies. So bite me, and deal with it.

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    cc0623 01/19/2011 11:43am

    The only reason you have this attitude is because you and your wife are already breaking the law. It is easier to look the other way if something will personally affect you, in this case it will definitely affect you. I personally find your attitude disgusting and selfish. It is people like you that do not deserve to be US Citizens as you have no respect for the laws of this country.

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    Mophatt 02/02/2011 2:47am

    You are LEGAL. That is the whole point! So bite yourself. LEGAL! Nothing wrong with LEGAL! Illegal is where the problem is. I was born to a LEGAL citizen of the us, so I will go NOWHERE! No need to turn acceptable debate into personal attacks. If you can’t handle the conversation, don’t read the texts.

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    jarevalo 05/02/2011 6:20pm

    First of all, it should be you who gets send back to europe because you do nothing, you only sit around while illegal immigrants do your dirty jobs!
    Second of all, if this bill gets passed families will get separated and children may get separated from their parents
    And third of all, you should really think this over, imagine that you are an illegal immigrant and you came here for a better life, and all of a sudden they kick you OUT, LOWLIFE!!!

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    SusanBS 05/23/2011 10:12am

    The choices I make affect my family. I am responsible for how my actions affect my children. If I make good choices but try to carry them out illegally, my children will suffer. As a citizen I am held accountable and no one is going to look the other way if I don’t follow the law. Why should I look the other way for illegal parents whose choices to enter our country by breaking the rules comes back to bite their children?

    I look at some of the immigrants households in my area – within the same household some adults are legal and others are not? Why? How can some follow the process with no problem and others not? Could it be there is some reason those in the household that are illegal would not pass our requirements?

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    Mophatt 09/06/2011 8:48am

    COME HERE LEGALLY!!! You won’t get sent back. I am going to break into your house and benifit from your hard work because my life sucks! you would like that. You would have me arrested and tell me to get a job. Why is it different when we are talking about the nation and not your “personal” property?


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