Policy for U.S.-born immigrant children at issue
With the 2006 just days away, the political debate over "birthright citizenship" is quickly becoming bitter. Some conservative members of Congress, as well as advocacy groups seeking to crack down on illegal immigration, want to change long-standing federal policy and deny citizenship to babies born to illegal immigrants on U.S. soil.
The Constitution's 14th Amendment, ratified in 1868, provides for “birthright citizenship.” The amendment says, in part, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.”
The language was drafted with freed slaves in mind. Supporters of new federal legislation insist that the 14th Amendment was never intended to grant citizenship automatically to babies of illegal immigrants. More from MSNBC/AP.
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