U.S. Sens. Vitter, Paul Introduce Birthright Citizenship Legislation

Press Release

Date: Jan. 27, 2011
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Immigration

U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) this week introduced a resolution that would amend the Constitution so that a person born in the United States to illegal aliens does not automatically gain citizenship unless at least one parent is a legal citizen, legal immigrant, active member of the Armed Forces or a naturalized legal citizen.

"For too long, our nation has seen an influx of illegal aliens entering our country at an escalating rate, and chain migration is a major contributor to this rapid increase -- which is only compounded when the children of illegal aliens born in the U.S. are granted automatic citizenship," said Sen. Vitter. "Closing this loophole will not prevent them from becoming citizens, but will ensure that they have to go through the same process as anyone else who wants to become an American citizen."

"Citizenship is a privilege, and only those who respect our immigration laws should be allowed to enjoy its benefits," said Sen. Paul. "This legislation makes it necessary that everyone follow the rules, and goes through same process to become a U.S. citizen."

Vitter and Paul do not believe that the 14th Amendment confers birthright citizenship to the children of illegal aliens, either by its language or intent. This resolution makes clear that under the 14th Amendment a person born in the United States to illegal aliens does not automatically gain citizenship.

This birthright citizenship legislation and four other illegal immigration bills are part of a package of nearly 40 bills Vitter introduced on the first day of the 112th Congress that senators were allowed to officially submit legislation.

Vitter is a leader in the U.S. Senate on illegal immigration policy and serves as the chairman of the U.S. Senate Border Security and Enforcement First Immigration Caucus.