As the lovely Daphne says, “It’s about damn time.”
Republican Sens. David Vitter (La.) and Rand Paul (Ky.) announced on Thursday their new push to deny birthright citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants via a congressional resolution, a legislative backdoor that they hope will prove easier than trying to amend the pertinent section of the U.S. Constitution.
The Supreme Court has consistently held that the Fourteenth Amendment grants automatic citizenship to those born on U.S. soil, but Vitter and Paul said Thursday that right should not extend to children of undocumented parents and that their resolution would close this “loophole.” Passing an amendment to the Constitution is near-impossible, so the senators are instead introducing a “resolution that would amend the Constitution,” according to a statement from the senators.
It’s incorrect to assume “the 14th Amendment confers birthright citizenship to the children of illegal aliens, either by its language or intent,” the statement said. “This resolution makes clear that under the 14th Amendment a person born in the United States to illegal aliens does not automatically gain citizenship.”
Want to slow down the flood of illegals immigrants and their increasingly unsustainable burden on American tax payers and infrastructure? Ending anchor baby citizenship and the associated entitlements would be an amazingly effective first step. Though we should still physically secure the border, too, just to be sure.