End the Anchor Baby Loophole With the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2017

This bill, the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2017 (H.R. 140), was introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), has 32 cosponsors, and was designed to end the “anchor baby” loophole whereby anyone born within the United States is automatically granted U.S. citizenship, even if the parents are here illegally.

According to the official summary of the bill: “This bill [H.R. 140] amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to consider a person born in the United States ‘subject to the jurisdiction’ of the United States for citizenship at birth purposes if the person is born in the United States of parents, one of whom is: (1) a U.S. citizen or national, (2) a lawful permanent resident alien whose residence is in the United States, or (3) an alien performing active service in the U.S. Armed Forces.”

As you can see from this summary, a person born to two illegal immigrant parents would not qualify for automatic U.S. citizenship, if H.R. 140 becomes law.

According to Rep. King:
[T]oday between 340,000 and 750,000 babies are born in America each year that get automatic citizenship even though both parents are illegal. I know of no other country in the world that does this, and it must end. My Birthright Citizenship Act of 2017 fixes it, clarifies the 14th Amendment and clarifies the Constitutional meaning of the clause, ‘And subject to the jurisdiction thereof.’

Please phone your representative (202-225-3121) and ask him or her to cosponsor H.R. 140. Also, phone your senators (202-224-3121) and ask them to introduce and cosponsor a companion bill in the Senate.

Please email your representative and senators with the same message.

Thanks.

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