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Congressman Steve King rolls out plan to unmoor ‘anchor babies’

Congressman Steve King, Iowa Republican, introduced new legislation his office said would “end the practice of automatically granting American citizenship to ‘anchor babies’ born in the United States to illegal alien parents.”

King and co-sponsoring Republicans Phil Gingrey and Rob Woodall, both of Georgia, and Gary Miller of California introduced H.R. 140, the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011, to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The bill would add clarification to current immigration laws by requiring that at a child born in the U.S. and considered for citizenship have at least one parent who is a U.S. national or citizen, a legal alien or an alien performing active service in the armed forces.

“The current practice of extending U.S. citizenship to hundreds of thousands of ‘anchor babies’ every year arises from the misapplication of the Constitution’s citizenship clause and creates an incentive for illegal aliens to cross our border,” King said in a statement. “The ‘Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011’ ends this practice by making it clear that a child born in the United States to illegal alien parents does not meet the standard for birthright citizenship already established by the Constitution. Passage of this bill will ensure that immigration law breakers are not rewarded, will close the door to future waves of extended family chain migration, and will help to bring an end to the global ‘birth tourism’ industry.”

The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution has provided what many conservatives call a loophole to for illegal immigrants to give birth to their children in the United States, which therefore means they automatically are U.S. citizens. Miller said granting citizenship to children of illegal immigrants “undermines the intention of the Fourteenth Amendment, rewards those that have recklessly broken our nation’s immigration laws, and costs American taxpayers billions annually.

“By simply closing this loophole, we will save taxpayers billions and reduce the appeal of entering the United States illegally,” Miller said. “This bill simply makes sense.”

  • diamndgirl

    Steve King is the best….Chris Matthews did his best today to slime him, it was the other way around.

    Millions and millions of us out here in the real world are behind you King, you’re one of the best, always have been.

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  • kingfish

    We’re all for it! Hurry it UP!

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  • chuck in st paul

    This is so-o-o-o-o-o overdue. That misinterpretation has been a bleeding ulcer sickening the body of America. We legally allow thousands and thousands of foreigners to come here legally, permanently and for short term reasons (job, school, etc.). That’s the right way to do it. As far as I know we are the only country with this idiotic anchor baby insanity. Time to stop.

    I still think we should kick out any illegals and shoot them if they illegally enter again. Invaders are invaders. duh. Try doing that in reverse in Mexico.

  • brittanicus

    THE TAXPAYERS BURDEN—RAMPANT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

    The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads in part:

    “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside.”

    As I see it that the Supreme Court has three identifiable stark Liberals that sit on the high bench, so the chances of amending the 14th amendment of the instant citizenship law has very little chance of passage. But taxpayers can turn to the immigration laws, to find a solution?

    Illegal Immigration is a Crime

    Under Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, “Improper Entry by Alien,” any citizen of any country other than the United States who:

    * Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or
    * Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or
    * Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact;

    has committed a federal crime.

    Simply this–the baby can stay, but the parent or parents are deportable and should be removed from the nation. Illegal entry should be classed as a felony, but has been diluted down to a civil infraction on behalf of the Liberal and Democrats. The foreign Mother can have a choice that is take the child with her, to her country of origin or allow the baby to be placed in foster care. If she decides to take the child with her then on reaching the age of 18 years, the adult can return and take advantage of his citizenship. This will save astronomical billions of dollars because we do not have to subsidize the Mother or the father, who entered America without permission. Only the foster parents will be applicable for the child’s welfare and not the parents that have been deported.

    Under the current rule the Mother can access a whole package of welfare entitlements, for the child, but we must remember if she continues to give birth than she is entitled to section 8 housing, that taxpayers are on the hook for? Once settled each child that is born immediately becomes an American citizen and the mother can apply for a estimated $600 more dollars for each one. If approved for low income housing the whole family, illegal or legal moves in and the sisters and other progeny gets pregnant and becomes a baby mill. This is not just trespassers from across our South most borders, but with a huge windfall of cash and welfare entitlement, poor foreigners slip in to America from every niche across the world. This is the derogatory meaning of an “Anchor Baby” But the truth is, it’s an honest assessment. This is the momentum of the “Chain Migration” law as through passing time, sponsorship of immediate family members can escalate and the babies born can also access public services. In addition who eventually are not financially supported becomes the taxpayer’s responsibility.

    This is a welfare program that defies logic of which the fiscal impact of the misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment, drawing each year thousands of illegal pregnant women in some cases husbands who are intentionally bring their unborn child, to become a huge financial burden to taxpayers, who are forced by law to support the baby and mother under the provision the Instant citizenship law. It is estimated that 300.000 pregnant women claim citizenship for their children annually, which costs are magnified as the female keeps giving birth. That means–ONE–in–THIRTEEN is a child of an illegal alien. The parents stay and then have more babies that the taxed-out American is forced to pay for. Add Key word terminology of certain words into Google or other search engine and judge for you, how Americans have been fooled to pay higher taxes to pay for this enigma in the law; as an example–Illegal Alien costs. Type in: — citizenship Baby. Google—Illegal Alien hospital costs. Thousands of reports, opinions, indexes to immigration law can be examined.

    In 1994, 74,987 instant citizen babies in maternity wards cost taxpayers $215 million in Stockton, California, without paying a penny. In 2003, 70 percent of the 2,300 babies born in San Joaquin General maternity units were from illegal parents. That number has exploded today with over four million illegal aliens residing are now residing in California. Then nine out of ten babies born in Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas stem from illegal immigrant mothers. Additional costs for illegal alien children stem from a pay day for lawyers, translators, advocates and middlemen. Medi-Cal in 2003 sponsored 760,000 illegal alien offspring in Supplemental Security Income. SSI is a non-means-treated federal grant of cash payments and food stamps and government medical care. With over three million illegal nationals arriving annually, they birth 300,000 newly issued birth certificates babies in California alone and you pay the maximum in taxes. When these legal ‘American’ babies grow reach 18, they can sponsor through ‘chain migration’ their whole family into our country. We are talking about a crisis so monolithic, your children and this nation will not survive it. The consequences are unacceptable and the cost yearly in hundreds of billions is incomprehensible?

    THE SIMPLE FACT THAT INSTANT CITIZENSHIP BABY LAW WAS CONSTRUCTED FOR SOLEY NEWLY RELEASED SLAVES, AS AT THE TIME OF THE CIVIL WAR THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS ILLEGAL ALIENS IN AMERICA? SO THE QUESTION THAT SHOULD BE ASKED BY STATES AND EVENTUALLY THE SUPREME COURT IS HOW CAN THIS AMENDMENT APPLY TO FOREIGN NATIONALS, IN THE FIRST INSTANCE? ILLEGAL ALIENS ARE ILLEGAL AND SHOULD BE DEPORTED. The original intent of the 14th Amendment was clearly not to facilitate illegal aliens defying U.S. law at taxpayer expense.

    IT SHOULD BE REMEMBERED THAT ORDINARY TAXPAYING AMERICANS ARE THE–STUCKEE–FOR FARM OWNERS, CORPORATE AND BUSINESSES–LARGE AND SMALL, WHICH IS SIMPLY A CRIMINAL CORPORATE GIANT WELFARE PROGRAM.
    Unseen to the Public eye is the Amnesties that are activated silently since 2002; seven in all, along with an average of 1.5 million legal immigrants that ends up in the US workplace, while an estimated 15 million citizens and permanent residents remain jobless? The US government rather hesitantly stated that for every ONE dollar illegal aliens get in Social Services, they receive back in tax credits, food stamps and whole mass of programs–THREE dollars.

    Now it’s up to the American people to speak out, get involved and demand from the new Congress a halt to any further Amnesties, which includes the Dream Act Stand with States, the rising, unbounded TEA PARTY that are adjoined to mandate E-Verify nationally, to condemn any irrational Immigration Reform as this recession is very slowly lifting. America has been overwhelmed by foreign nationals and their children, who keep demanding special privileges over our own low income people. Every day the numbers of illegal aliens are climbing and you as an American or green card holder pay the penalty in your taxes. Don’t be mislead that there are only 12 million illegal immigrant criminals in this country?

    State wide there are propagating grass roots organization, that are against this invasion crossing oceans or borders to further overpopulate http://www.numbersusa.com partially instrumental in any amnesty downfall. Now is the time to significantly make a difference in the new Congress, by adding your demands to millions of other individuals to enforce our Immigration laws, as cited in the 1986 bill. Call your Senator or Congressman through the Washington Switchboard at 202-224-3121 Every American should make it a national interest to stop this immigration travesty and realize that there are thousands of ominous organizations against you. Most politicians are mentally crippled by this issue and rather stay out of the spotlight. Find out for yourself the intentions of your elected lawmakers, local, state and federal and tell them to positively address this issue or you will vote against them in the next election.

    • Matthew Boyle

      brittanicus – thank you for all this extra information! Much appreciated!

  • kbull

    Times are getting so difficult. I wish there were a better way. Lives will be torn apart and that bothers me. The bill makes a lot of sense too.

    I think a liberal minded person would be swayed toward the emotional aspect of those torn lives and quickly say “Oh no, we can’t do that!” while the conservative would logically think through a few more moves, like in a chess game, and decide on the more logical sense of the bill. I wouldn’t want to be the executioner, but Houston, we have a problem here.

    • CK4RP

      Well said. Not too many lives will be torn apart if we have an enforcement date in the future (i.e. Jan 1 2012). That would prevent pregnant women from other countries buying the “birth vacation package” (it’s true – just Google it) or pregnant Mexican or Canadian women making dangerous, illegal entrances to the U.S. and hospital parking lots to take advantage of the current loophole. We must get “our house” in order before it’s too late.

    • Vuvuzela

      The lives being torn apart, bull, are in Mexico. While I can’t fix the domestic issues of a corrupt and feckless Mexican government, fraught and bought with drug money from the U.S., neither can I bear their burdens in my country.

      It’s time the U.S. adopted a different policy toward Mexican corruption. Kissing their butts isn’t working! But in the meantime I’m afraid we’ll have to ask the Mexican citizens to not only populate their own country with their children, but encourage present and future populations to develop their own “tea party” factions and fix their national problems as we do here in America.