January 4th, 2011
04:45 PM ET

States deny citizenship to children born of illegal immigrants?

Jack Cafferty

Fourteen states are considering passing laws that would deny citizenship to children born of illegal immigrants in the United States.

Arizona – ever at the front of the immigration debate – could take the first step when it comes to the issue of "birthright citizenship."

Arizona lawmakers plan to introduce model legislation in Washington tomorrow that would force the Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue.

Lawmakers from more than a dozen other states plan to be there too – that includes everywhere from other border states like Texas to Utah, Oklahoma, Michigan, Delaware and Pennsylvania.

This all goes back to the 14th Amendment – which states that all persons "born or naturalized" in the United States are citizens of the U.S. The law was initially meant to give citizenship to freed slaves.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. FRANK

    Although this ammendment was initially made in consideration of freed slaves, it should be altered because this amendment is now being abused. Many illegal immigrants purposely come to America with the intentions of multiplying so that their offspring gives them the same rights as other foreigners who obtained citizenship the legal and honest way. I one thousand percent agree with this law passing.

    January 5, 2011 at 2:17 am |
  2. Kathryn Sutherland

    If this happens, I sincerely hope that the Supreme Court will uphold the 14th Amendment and overturn any attempts to undermine it.

    January 4, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  3. Chrystal

    I'm sorry but if anyone thinks that this law should be passed then I believe this land should be given back to the Native Americans. We are ALL born from immigrants. Unless this can be done retroactively and verify that every American citizen was born here legally then that would be unjust. 90% of families that are in this country who consider themselves "True Americans" are only citizens because somewhere along the line one of there ancestors were born in this country to immigrant parents.

    January 4, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  4. frank

    if ur not white, will u have to show history of your family being here? even though we know the native color of the americas was brown?

    January 4, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
  5. PJ

    OMG..when Obama took over I had hope for this Country...now the backlash makes me want to move to Costa Rica...UGH!

    January 4, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  6. Patsy Green

    I am somewhat conflicted on many aspects regarding illegal immigration. However, not on this. This proposed law or mandate is stupid and wrong. In most instances children were brought here illegally by their parents or older relatives as young children. They did NOT make the choice to come here illegally. If these children grow up here and realize the 'error' and follow legal avenues to become citizens I have no problem with that.

    January 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  7. BobbiKay

    I dont think illegal aliens, no matter what country they come from, should be allowed to live in the US simply b/c of an anchor baby. My family has been here since the 1700s, my cousin married a Canadian they lived in Canada for many years; when they divorced she & the kids moved back to the US. One of her children was born in Canada & has lived here since he was 18mo old. The government refuses to acknowledge that he's an American citizen. His mother was born & raised here along with many generations of our family. Lets get the real Amercians citizenship before we go passing it out to anchor babies.

    January 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  8. Chris T.

    It's about time.

    January 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm |