Republican legislators from a handful of states including Pennsylvania are preparing to take on a US constitutional amendment that gives birthright to children born to illegal immigrants.
Lawmakers from Arizona, South Carolina, Georgia, and Oklahoma were also on hand in Washington to launch a coordinated effort to prevent undocumented workers from coming to the country to give birth.
“According to the 14th Amendment, the primary requirements for US citizenship are dependent on total allegiance to America, not mere physical geography,” Pennsylvania Representative Daryl Metcalfe told reporters.
That Amendment grants US citizenship to those who are born or naturalized in the United States.
The effort comes as the US Congress opened the doors to its 112th session, with Republicans in command.
The weight for amending the 14th is tied to the more than 12 million illegal immigrants living in America, and the contention is that offspring should also be counted as illegal since their parents are living here legally.
The right to nationality by virtue of “geography of birth,” known in legal terms as jus soli, “has created a perverse incentive for foreign nationals to break US law,” said Oklahoma Representative Randy Terrill.
The counter balance came from Arizona Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema,”there are countries, like Germany, that chose not to grant citizenship to children who are born on their soil if their parents are immigrants and what we’ve seen in those countries is a divisive movement.”
(If you would like to know more about the effort follow Rock The Capital to a story we posted up a few days ago.)
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