Photo: Birthright Citizenship
U.S. Sens. David Vitter (R-LA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Jerry Moran (R-KS) this week introduced legislation that amends the Immigration and Nationality Act in order to limit birthright citizenship to children born in the U.S. to at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen, legal resident alien or active member of the U.S. armed forces.
The bill is in addition to Vitter’s previously introduced resolution to amend the 14th Amendment of the Constitution to clarify birthright citizenship.
Vitter cites a report by the Center for Immigration Studies finds that every year, 200,000 children are born to women who were lawfully admitted to the United States on a temporary basis. Each of these children received U.S. citizenship despite the mother being a citizen of another country.
In January, Vitter and Paul introduced a resolution that would amend the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.