Steve King Already Trying to Throttle Birthright Citizenship

Birthright citizenship -- that part of the 14th Amendment that automatically grants citizenship to those born on US soil -- is at stake in a new bill introduced yesterday by Steve King (R-Iowa). The Tea Party rep wants to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to “requires that only the children of citizens, legal immigrants permanently living in the country or immigrants in the military, be granted citizenship,” reports Politico. 

At the heart of King's bill is the utterly racist and completely unfounded idea that immigrants are having so-called “anchor babies” -- procreating solely for the purpose of securing citizenship in the United States. As Irish Central points out, the term also ignores centuries of history, and the fact that the US-Mexico borders have been porous since Mexico owned most of Arizona, Texas, California and New Mexico.

King, of course, is the same guy who's stumbling all over himself to halt a settlement he's calling reparations. His anti-birthright citizenship bill is not likely to pass the Senate but that's not the point -- the Tea Party's dead-set on wasting Congress' time with largely symbolic acts.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at January 6, 2011, 4:53am

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