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H.R.140 Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011, 112th Congress

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  • Latest Action: Jan 24, 2011 Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement.

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  • Committee Assignment: House Committee on the Judiciary - Immigration and Border Security

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  • 44% of users oppose H.R.140

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    44% of users on OpenCongress.org, a free, non-partisan resource, oppose H.R.140.
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    OpenCongress Bill 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. Under the bill, only children with at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen, a legal permanent resident, or an undocumented immigrant serving in the military would be considered citizens.

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      Here's a summary from OpenCongress.org: 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. Under the bill, only children with at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen, a legal permanent resident, or an undocumented immigrant serving in the military would be considered citizens.

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    • American Resistance Foundation

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    • John Birch Society

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    Opposing Organizations

    • Arab American Institute

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    • Asian American Justice Center

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    • America's Voice

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    • American Immigration Lawyers Association

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    • American Civil Liberties Union

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      I know that the organization American Civil Liberties Union opposes H.R.140

    Most-commented sections of the bill text

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    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On January 10, 2011, by TXProgressive - Negating the 14th Amendment is not the way to fix immigration.

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      As noted by TXProgressive, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 10, 2011, "Negating the 14th Amendment is not the way to fix immigration."
    • On January 19, 2011, by cc0623 - 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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      As noted by cc0623, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 19, 2011, "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."
    • On January 17, 2011, by fakk2 - 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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      As noted by fakk2, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 17, 2011, "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". "

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • National Disgrace Regarding Immigration Control (Legal & Illegal ... - July 25, 2012 by Groscoe - Congress is as much to blame as the Executive Branch for the failure regarding illegal immigration. H.R. 140 would close the inexcusable loophole interpretation of the 14th Amendment while every month another 30K babies ...

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      As noted by Groscoe on July 25, 2012, "Congress is as much to blame as the Executive Branch for the failure regarding illegal immigration. H.R. 140 would close the inexcusable loophole interpretation of the 14th Amendment while every month another 30K babies ..." (/url?q=http://www.redcounty.com/content/national-disgrace-regarding-immigration-control-legal-illegal&sa=U&ei=7twXUIbHNouW8gT3sICoCA&ved=0CCsQmAEwAw&usg=AFQjCNFZ_dUp4XZCJG9aMLPW1QeKmkHn6w)
    • National Disgrace Regarding Immigration Control (Legal & Illegal ... - July 25, 2012 by Groscoe - Congress is as much to blame as the Executive Branch for the failure regarding illegal immigration. H.R. 140 would close the inexcusable loophole interpretation of the 14th Amendment while every month another 30K babies ...

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      As noted by Groscoe on July 25, 2012, "Congress is as much to blame as the Executive Branch for the failure regarding illegal immigration. H.R. 140 would close the inexcusable loophole interpretation of the 14th Amendment while every month another 30K babies ..." (/url?q=http://www.redcounty.com/content/national-disgrace-regarding-immigration-control-legal-illegal&sa=U&ei=vZsTUI-CC-PY0QGcnICQCQ&ved=0CCEQmAEwAQ&usg=AFQjCNH6xKnM-EaU7zc9CZkY-Axpz4auBQ)
    • National Disgrace Regarding Immigration Control (Legal & Illegal ... - July 25, 2012 by Groscoe - Congress is as much to blame as the Executive Branch for the failure regarding illegal immigration. H.R. 140 would close the inexcusable loophole interpretation of the 14th Amendment while every month another 30K babies ...

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      As noted by Groscoe on July 25, 2012, "Congress is as much to blame as the Executive Branch for the failure regarding illegal immigration. H.R. 140 would close the inexcusable loophole interpretation of the 14th Amendment while every month another 30K babies ..." (/url?q=http://www.redcounty.com/content/national-disgrace-regarding-immigration-control-legal-illegal&sa=U&ei=PD0SUPedOYy08ATEqoC4DQ&ved=0CBsQmAEwAA&usg=AFQjCNF973hPAC1nBFy01g-nHYCfl_ebcg)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • Appeals court leery of Arizona day laborer law - October 17, 2012 by Lompoc Record - ...law enforcement agents. It also provides full backing for SCAAP, which compensates states that incarcerate criminal illegal aliens. H.R.140 - The Birthright Citizenship Act introduced by Rep. Steve King would end Birthright Citizenship, requiring that a

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      As noted by Lompoc Record on October 17, 2012, "...law enforcement agents. It also provides full backing for SCAAP, which compensates states that incarcerate criminal illegal aliens. H.R.140 - The Birthright Citizenship Act introduced by Rep. Steve King would end Birthright Citizenship, requiring that a" (http://www.lompocrecord.com/news/state-and-regional/appeals-court-leery-of-arizona-day-laborer-law/article_14c56225-023a-5a56-b31d-49581ad576ce.html)
    • TEA PARTY LEADERS GAINING GROUND ON DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS - August 02, 2012 by The Federal Observer - ...in our U.S. Constitution. Isn’t it time we enacted the ‘Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2885) and the Birthright citizenship Act (H.R.140)? Isn’t it time that the state of Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina or anybody else come to that? Every sta

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      As noted by The Federal Observer on August 02, 2012, "...in our U.S. Constitution. Isn’t it time we enacted the ‘Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2885) and the Birthright citizenship Act (H.R.140)? Isn’t it time that the state of Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina or anybody else come to that? Every sta" (http://www.federalobserver.com/2012/08/01/tea-party-leaders-gaining-ground-on-democrats-and-republicans/)
    • Comment on Romney campaign reverses position, allows press to cover fundraiser in Israel by Dave Francis - July 31, 2012 by Poynter (Romensko) - ...here nationalities. It is passed time we enacted the ‘Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2885) and the Birthright citizenship Act (H.R.140)? Isn’t it time that the state of Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and other in the 50 states, begin the remov

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      As noted by Poynter (Romensko) on July 31, 2012, "...here nationalities. It is passed time we enacted the ‘Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2885) and the Birthright citizenship Act (H.R.140)? Isn’t it time that the state of Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and other in the 50 states, begin the remov" (http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/183236/romney-campaign-reverses-position-allows-press-to-cover-fundraiser-in-israel/#comment-48268)
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