AMENDMENT XIV (U.S. Constitution)
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- House Republicans tackling illegal immigration were reported looking closely at ending birthright citizenship. They also were discussing building a barrier along the entire U.S.-Mexican border, The Washington Times said. Those two ideas have floated to the top of the list of possibilities to be included either in an immigration- enforcement bill later this year or in a later comprehensive immigration overhaul. "There is a general agreement about the fact that citizenship in this country should not be bestowed on people who are the children of folks who come into this country illegally," said Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo. Birthright citizenship, or what critics call "anchor babies," means that any child born on U.S. soil is granted citizenship, with exceptions for foreign diplomats. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., was quoted as supporting a barrier system of fences in some places and electronic surveillance or vehicle barriers in others.
Section 1. 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.