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image Washington D.C.- Congressman Steve King (R-IA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Immigration, today issued the following statement after learning that lawmakers in 14 states are drafting legislation to end the practice of granting automatic American citizenship to the children of illegal aliens who are born on American soil.

“Because the 14th Amendment has been misconstrued, current law inappropriately gives American citizenship to the children of illegal aliens solely because their parents were able to cross our borders illegally and give birth here,” said King. “As a result of this perverse incentive, an entire ‘anchor baby’ industry has developed which exploits a legal loophole caused by a misinterpretation of the Constitution. Many of these illegal aliens are giving birth to children in the United States so that they can have uninhibited access to taxpayer funded benefits and to citizenship for as many family members as possible.”

“I am encouraged by the fact that 14 states are now taking action to address the problem of ‘birthright citizenship’ for the children of illegal aliens. American immigration law should not create incentives for people to enter our country illegally.”

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  1. Birthright citizenship goes back even further than the 14th amendment, to English common law. If anyone spits on a sidewalk in the U.S. in front of a cop, and the cop can write them a ticket, then they are subject to U.S. jurisdiction. The only people not subject to U.S. jurisdiction while on U.S. soil are foreign diplomats and their families who have diplomatic immunity.

    King’s claims that illegal immigrants come to the U.S. for the explicit purpose of having babies, getting government benefits, etc. is not supported by credible research. Moreover, under U.S. law a U.S. citizen cannot sponsor their parents for permanent resident status until the child reaches age 21, and even then their parents are barred for ten years if they have accumulated one year or more of unlawful presence.

    Steve King’s use of the term “anchor baby” is unfortunate, as most consider this term pejorative and offensive, and undignified of a member of Congress. Likewise, his twisting of immigration laws is appalling.

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