The 14th Amendment says:
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.”Advertisement
Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo now wants Congress to pass a bill denying citizenship to children of undocumented residents. He and like-minded Republicans want to tack the ban on to an immigration bill scheduled to be considered by the House next week.
Apparently, Tancredo believes that the Amendment doesn’t apply to children with undocumented parents because although they are born in the U.S., they are not subject to its jurisdiction. What complete nonsense.
Democratic Congressman Charlie Gonzales of Texas has this response:
To change the way we establish citizenship is such an extreme measure, and it makes you really question what is motivating people to come up with those ideas.