GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz Intros Bill Ending ‘Unqualified’ Birthright Citizenship

Republican Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida introduced a bill to Congress Tuesday to end “unqualified” birthright citizenship. 

“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,” said Gaetz in a press release on Tuesday that announced the bill’s introduction in Congress.

“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,” stated the representative. 

In the press release, Gaetz said the legislation would amend the Immigration and Naturalization Act “to reflect the original intent of the 14th Amendment’s ‘subject to the jurisdiction thereof’ clause.”

If passed, the law would deny citizenship from birth to children born in the U.S. and whose parents are not nationals. Still, it would permit exceptions for “lawfully admitted” alien refugees, people performing active services in the U.S. Armed Forces, and permanent residents. 

The 14th Amendment, which was ratified in 1868, says, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Report: 400,000 “anchor babies” are born annually in the U.S.

According to a Tuesday Breitbart report, an estimated 400,000 “anchor babies” are born annually across all 50 states and are citizens of the United States upon birth, in line with the 14th Amendment. 

The report said children could sponsor foreign relatives, including their parents, for green cards when they become adults, effectively “anchoring” the family in the country.

In a 2018 article issued from Georgetown University’s O’Neil Institute for National Global Health Law, Sonia Canzatar, Associate Director, said that the child’s citizenship status does not impact the status of its parents, and they can still be deported despite having a child in America. 

“The truth is that a child’s citizenship status does nothing to improve her parents’ immigration status in the U.S.,” said Canzatar in the article. “The parents remain subject to deportation and any other legal consequences of their illegal status despite having a citizen child.”