U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) Tuesday introduced the “End Birthright Citizenship Fraud Act of 2023” in the U.S. House of Representatives to end unqualified birthright citizenship, ahead of questioning Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, July 26th, 2023.
The legislation would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to reflect the original intent of the 14th Amendment’s “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” clause.
If passed, the legislation would deny automatic citizenship at birth to children born within the United States whose parents are not U.S. nationals –– excluding aliens lawfully admitted as refugees or permanent residents or performing active services in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Birthright citizenship has been grossly and blatantly misapplied for decades, recently becoming a loophole for illegal aliens to fraudulently abuse our immigration system. My legislation recognizes that American citizenship is a privilege –– not an automatic right to be co-opted by illegal aliens,” Gaetz said.
“This is an important step in preserving the sanctity of American citizenship and ensures that citizenship is not treated as a loophole to be exploited but rather a privilege to be earned when legally migrating to our country,” Gaetz added.
Birthright citizenship is the legal principle that grants citizenship to anyone born within the borders of a sovereign state. This principle is also known as jus soli, which is Latin for “right of the soil.”
The United States has had a policy of birthright citizenship since the 14th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1868. The amendment was passed in the wake of the Civil War, and it was intended to guarantee citizenship to all people born in the United States, regardless of their race or ethnicity.
The policy of birthright citizenship has been controversial since its inception. Some people argue that it encourages illegal immigration, while others argue that it is a fundamental right that should not be changed.
In recent years, several attempts have challenged the birthright citizenship policy in the courts. However, these challenges have all been unsuccessful. The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that birthright citizenship is a fundamental right that is protected by the 14th Amendment.
Some arguments against birthright citizenship include:
- It encourages illegal immigration.
- It puts an unfair burden on taxpayers.
- It undermines the concept of national sovereignty.
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