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    HR 140 Bill to End Anchor Baby Citizenship in the US

    115th CONGRESS
    1st Session
    H. R. 140

    To amend section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to clarify those classes of individuals born in the United States who are nationals and citizens of the United States at birth.
    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
    January 3, 2017

    Mr. King of Iowa (for himself, Mr. Duncan of South Carolina, Mr. Gosar, Mr. Gohmert, Mr. Jones, Mr. Smith of Texas, Mr. Brooks of Alabama, Mr. Babin, Mr. Farenthold, Mr. Barletta, Mr. Rohrabacher, and Mr. Woodall) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

    A BILL

    To amend section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to clarify those classes of individuals born in the United States who are nationals and citizens of the United States at birth.
    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

    SECTION 1. Short title.

    This Act may be cited as the “Birthright Citizenship Act of 2017”.

    SEC. 2. Citizenship at birth for certain persons born in the United States.

    (a) In general.—Section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1401) is amended—

    (1) by inserting “(a) In general.—” before “The following”;

    (2) by redesignating subsections (a) through (h) as paragraphs (1) through (8), respectively; and

    (3) by adding at the end the following:

    “(b) Definition.—Acknowledging the right of birthright citizenship established by section 1 of the 14th amendment to the Constitution, a person born in the United States shall be considered ‘subject to the jurisdiction’ of the United States for purposes of subsection (a)(1) if the person is born in the United States of parents, one of whom is—

    “(1) a citizen or national of the United States;

    “(2) an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States whose residence is in the United States; or

    “(3) an alien performing active service in the armed forces (as defined in section 101 of title 10, United States Code).”.

    (b) Applicability.—The amendment made by subsection (a)(3) shall not be construed to affect the citizenship or nationality status of any person born before the date of the enactment of this Act.

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-...-bill/140/text

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    The bill was assigned to the Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security on January 23, 2017 and awaits its first hearing. Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security is Representative Bob Goodlatte from Virginia. The bill now has 25 co-sponsors for a total of 26 Sponsors.
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    Thank you Representative Steve King for introducing this important bill in the US House of Representatives!! Thank you very very much!! And many thanks also to 25 co-sponsors of your important legislation. Your bill is such a great example of common sense and intelligence, so I hope Chairman Goodlatte holds a hearing on it soon so the bill can advance to the floor for a broad bipartisan Vote and be moved on to the US Senate.

    This nonsense of anchor baby citizenship for children of illegal aliens must grind to a halt.
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    Contact numbers for Chairman Goodlatte to ask for a committee hearing on this important legislation for anyone interested in doing so:

    Office Locations
    Washington, D.C.
    2309 Rayburn HOB
    Washington, D.C. 20515

    Phone:
    (202) 225-5431
    Fax:
    (202) 225-9681

    HARRISONBURG
    70 North Mason Street
    Harrisonburg, VA 22802

    Phone:
    (540) 432-2391
    Fax:
    (540) 432-6593

    LYNCHBURG
    916 Main Street
    Suite 300
    Lynchburg, VA 24504

    Phone:
    (434) 845-8306
    Fax:
    (434) 845-8245

    ROANOKE
    10 Franklin Road SE
    Suite 540
    Roanoke, VA 24011

    Phone:
    (540) 857-2672
    Fax:
    (540) 857-2675

    STAUNTON
    117 South Lewis Street
    Suite 215
    Staunton, VA 24401

    Phone:
    (540) 885-3861
    Fax:
    (540) 885-3930

    https://goodlatte.house.gov/
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    Link to committee members of House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security:

    https://judiciary.house.gov/subcommi...rder-security/
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    The amendment made by subsection (a)(3) shall not be construed to affect the citizenship or nationality status of any person born before the date of the enactment of this Act.
    We do not want this the way it is written -
    No good - just clarify, don't "amend". Understand the attempt is to stop brc but stating it doesn't affect those born before the enactment of this act is not the avenue to pursue the problem. The intentions are good but ...

    It would be better to clarify once and for all, what the amendment pertains to - it does not pertain to illegal aliens birthing babies here for citizenship. They will say born on soil but they are not here legally - and their anchor, should not be granted citizenship.

    This bill would incorrectly give citizenship to all anchor babes and eventually their parents thru their child's "citizenship"; plus entire family will be able to be here thru the incorrect "concept" that they are now.

    This bill clearly WRONGLY states they are citizens now. That is all the millions of DAPAs & their anchors - this bill defines that they will definitely be citizens. Very big amnesty!

    Write all those involved that this is a bad bill - can trump come up with something to clarify anchor babies citizenship or is he too busy letting them continue to birth on our $$$$$ - making sure they all continue to get full coverage for free under medicaid.
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    I'm afraid that for those already born here and being born until this law is enacted, it's too late. There's a provision in the US Constitution that prohibits laws of this type being applied retroactively. It's called ex post facto. That's why the bill is written the way it is and why time is of the essence with regards to passing this important law while we have this short window of control of both Houses of Congress and the White House.
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    trump promised he would look into the true meaning of the amendment - said legal scholars have discussed "clarifying"..would prefer that avenue than this act.

    You have areas that are forming legislation not to school illegals kids. Not everyone wants to acquiesce to clearly making them citizens as this act would do - it would be the same as an amnesty, all illegals have children born here. Every single one will remain or go back only to be brought back legally by the child.

    This act is not a good solution. Clarify they are not American citizens as the amendment was not written for illegal aliens or travelers either.

    You might as well say the only deportations will be known criminals if and when they find them. This act gives clear credence to millions of anchor babies and their parents will be entitled to be here. Case closed.
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    The way I see it, we have 2 choices, do nothing like we've done for decades or do something to stop it going forward. Steve King's bill stops it going forward from the date of enactment, and if we can get it through the Senate, Trump will sign it into law. Like I said, we have a very short window of opportunity to achieve this, so my feeling is we focus some effort to get it done quickly.
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    artist wrote:

    trump promised he would look into the true meaning of the amendment - said legal scholars have discussed "clarifying"..would prefer that avenue than this act.
    That was in reference to whether we needed to amend the US Constitution in order to stop anchor baby citizenship. Trump's answer was no he didn't think so, based on legal scholars. We just need a law to change the practice going forward. Trump could technically stop it going forward by refusing to issue US passports to children of illegal aliens, and possibly instructions of some kind to SSA to stop handing out social security numbers based just on birth certificates to children of illegal aliens, but I don't see him taking that on without a new law behind him to do it. His actions would just be blocked by some 9th circuit court and without the new law, who knows what the US Supreme Court would do. We don't want to take any risks with the court system without a solid law on the issue, because historically, the US Supreme Court has almost always supported the illegal immigrant and alien over US citizens, a strange history for a court that refused to end slavery.

    But that's what it is, so you work within the game to win and make some progress, seems to me. I think we owe it to ourselves, our kids, grandkids and future generations to make some progress and to me the signing of HR 140 into law would be one of the most, if not the most, important legislative achievements of our entire movement.

    But there is very little time to do it, so it needs to be put on a fast track course, seems to me.
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    Like I said, with this bill, you might as well say it amnesties all except known criminals.

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