King: Congress has right to change 'birthright citizenship'
"There are millions of newly minted citizens who are today sending out the invitations to their family tree and bringing them into America on the family reunification plan. It's a foolish immigration policy."
So says western Iowa Congressman Steve King, in a Fox News interview. King is claiming that the "birthright citizenship" policy can be limited without changing the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
The birthright citizenship policy has long held that any child born in the United States is automatically a citizenship, even if parents are illegal residents.
Rep. Steve King said Saturday that Congress had the right to establish laws regarding birthright citizenship to prevent children of illegals born in the United States from automatically becoming citizens.
In January, King offered a proposed bill that would limit birthright citizenship to those with a least one parent who is a legal citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S., or is serving with the U.S. military.
"The people who say that the Constitution has to be amended in order to end birthright citizenship are invariably the people who think it's a good idea," King said. He suggests that the "beneficiaries" of the policy are Democrats seeking votes and those looking to hire cheap labor.
King claims the amendment is intended to apply to those born in the U.S. and subject to its "jurisdiction" - which means that they can't owe allegiance to some other country.
Because the drafters of the birthright citizenship clause, during debate, indicated that it was not to apply to American Indians who maintained tribal loyalty, King said they didn't intend for everyone born on American soil to be citizens.
"Congress must return to the original meaning of the 14th Amendment," King wrote in a recent column on his website.