Ending automatic citizenship

US Congressman takes unusual route to curb illegal immigration

A US congressman has submitted a bill that would change an American policy to automatically grant citizenship to any child born in the country. The legislation would only grant citizenship to newborns with at least one parent who is an American citizen, permanent resident, or who is serving in the US military. US Rep Nathan Deal and his supporters say the new law would discourage women from going to the US to give birth, having an “anchor baby” that can sponsor them as permanent residents later in life. Critics of the proposed change say it will do little to curb immigration, but that it will make many children born in the US stateless, in effect making illegal immigration worse. Deal is not expecting his bill to become law any time soon, but says birthright citizenship is archaic and that US immigration policy needs reform.

The Associated Press

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