Sources are reporting possible legislation in 2011 to end birth right citizenship in several states across the nation including Texas. Pro 8 News reporter Patrick Nelson spent the day getting local reaction and has this story about possible changes to the 14th amendment. He has the story.
It's a polarizing issue not many want to speak about. Since the start of the 19th century, if a baby is born in the United States, it automatically becomes an American citizen. But lawmakers in 14 states, including Texas, are preparing legislation to put an end to birthright citizenship.
"Local attorneys say state law makers may have some trouble trying to pass a law against birthright citizenship because federal law trumps state law every time."
"They are free to pass any law they want to pass, but of course it's going to get reviewed all the way up to the Supreme Court and I can't see the Supreme Court letting a law like that stand when it is clearly in an amendment."
The action by state lawmakers sparks what has now become an age-old debate. If a child is born in the United States the product of undocumented immigrants, should that child be automatically granted citizenship?
"I don't think it's fair for the United States' citizens to have undocumented immigrants here from other countries and just because they are born here they become a United States citizen. We are the land of the free and the proud and here's a place to make a living for your family and I kind of feel bad for those people.”
"It's just pretty much stealing our taxes, making us pay more taxes so yes I think it is all right. If your parents aren't Americans, should you have the right to be here?”
If a case were to go to the Supreme Court about the offspring of illegal immigrants, it would be a first. Many immigrant rights groups are hopeful state law makers will take a stronger approach on illegal immigration without infringing on constitutional rights. Patrick Nelson, Laredo’s Pro 8 News.
Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce is set to unveil the anti-birthright citizenship bill this Friday, January 5th in Washington, D.C.