Thursday, January 27, 2011

Two Senators DO Propose Constitutional Amendment To Supercede 14th Amendment's "Birthright Citizenship"

Two United States Senators - Republicans David Vitter (LA) and Rand Paul (KY) - have announced that they have filed a resolution proposing to amend the United States Constitution to ensure that babies born to illegal immigrants in the U.S. are not automatically granted citizenship.

Earlier today, Arizona's Politics discussed the current legislative efforts - at the state and the national level - to remove "birthright citizenship" from babies born in the United States.  Our conclusion was that the efforts which fail to amend the Constitution are likely to fail in the courts.

Vitter and Paul apparently reached the same conclusion.  They filed their joint resolution on Tuesday (SJR2) and, while the text is not yet available on Congress' website, the Senators' news release indicates where they are headed with it.

The Senators state that their proposed amendment "would amend the Constitution so that a person born in the United States to illegal aliens does not automatically gain citizenship unless at least one parent is a legal citizen, legal immigrant, active member of the Armed Forces or a naturalized legal citizen."

No other co-sponsors are listed at this point.

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