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February 2011


February 1, 2011 | Posted by William Johnson, Associate | Permalink
The 14th Amendment states that “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States..." Recently, there has been renewed debate about whether birthright citizenship should be granted to U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants. Restrictionist lawmakers have proposed a variety of measures to eliminate birthright citizenship. Some Republican Congressmen have proposed amending the Constitution. Others have proposed limiting birthright citizenship to children of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents by legislation, which would go beyond keeping the children of undocumented immigrants from citizenship and would affect the children of anyone in a lawful status, including H-1Bs, L-1s, E-2s, and many others. Many of the concerns about birthright citizenship are based on the myth that undocumented immigrants benefit from having U.S.-citizen children. Leaving aside the constitutional arguments against birthright citizenship, we believe that eliminating birthright citizenship is bad policy. read more