Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) will never be confused for a supporter of President Barack Obama, as King has long been critical of his policies, particularly regarding amnesty for illegal immigrants and border security.
King has been pointing out how the border crisis was created by illegal immigrants exploiting weak security efforts and taking advantage of loopholes in the laws, such as the so-called “anchor baby” loophole.
According to The Hill, Rep. Steve King just reintroduced legislation in the House which would bring an end to what is known as birthright citizenship.
King says that there is an out-of-control “anchor babies agenda” being practiced by illegal immigrants, who deliberately give birth to their children on U.S. soil so that the child is automatically granted U.S. citizenship.
“A century ago it didn’t matter very much that a practice began that has now grown into a birthright citizenship, an anchor baby agenda,” King said in a statement.
This practice has come about because of the clause in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which reads, “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.”
King argues that this section of the 14th Amendment is being purposefully abused, saying, “When they started granting automatic citizenship on all babies born in the United States they missed the clause in the 14th Amendment that says, ‘And subject to the jurisdiction thereof.’ So once the practice began, it grew out of proportion and today between 340,000 and 750,000 babies are born in America each year that get automatic citizenship even though both parents are illegal. That has got to stop.”
King’s legislation would only grant citizenship to those persons born in the U.S. who have at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen, a legal permanent resident, or an immigrant serving in the armed forces.
King has introduced similar legislation in the House before, both in the 2011 and 2013 Congressional sessions.
—Courtesy of The Conservative Tribune