I am writing as your constituent in the 17th Congressional district of Texas. I support H.R.140 - Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011, and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability.
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Dear Friend: Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 140, the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011. I welcome your thoughts and comments on this issue.
On January 5, 2011, Representative Steve King (R-IA) introduced this legislation which would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to consider a person born in the United States ?subject to the jurisdiction? of the United States for citizenship at birth if the person is born in the United States with at least one parent who is: (1) a U.S. citizen or national; (2) a lawful permanent resident alien whose residence is in the United States; or (3) an alien performing active service in the U.S. Armed Forces.
The Birthright Citizenship Act has been referred to the House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement. Should this or similar legislation be considered by the Senate, you may be certain I will keep your views in mind.
I appreciate hearing from you, and I hope that you will not hesitate to contact me on any issue that is important to you.
Sincerely, Kay Bailey Hutchison United States Senator
284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 202-224-5922 (tel) 202-224-0776 (fax) http://hutchison.senate.gov
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November 7, 2011
Dear Ms. Cleveland,
Thank you for contacting me regarding your support for H.R. 140, the Birthright Citizenship Act. I always appreciate hearing from those that I represent in Congress.
H.R. 140, of which I am a cosponsor, was introduced on January 5 by Congressman Steve King (R-IA). This legislation would add a provision to existing federal law that requires at least one parent of a newborn to be a United States citizen or legal permanent resident in order for the newborn to receive automatic citizenship.
This legislation would clarify that a child born in the U.S. to parents who are illegal immigrants does not meet the standard for birthright citizenship already established by the U.S. Constitution. It is unfair to grant birthright citizenship to children of illegal immigrants because it undermines the intention of the Fourteenth Amendment, rewards those that have recklessly broken our Nation's immigration laws and costs American taxpayers billions of dollars annually. We are a nation of laws and we must enforce these laws not only for our safety, but also to show that we do not reward illegal behavior of any kind.
Senator David Vitter (R-LA) introduced to the Senate identical legislation, S. 723, on April 5. Both H.R. 140 and S. 723 are currently under review by each chamber's appropriate committees of jurisdiction. While I do not sit on the House Judiciary Committee, please be assured that I will support this bill should it come to the House Floor for a vote.
Thank you for entrusting me to represent you in the United States
Congress. Please visit my website at http://flores.house.gov
Very truly yours,
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