"Citizenship is a privilege, and only those who respect our immigration laws should be allowed to enjoy its benefits," Paul said in a press release.
The text of the bill isn't available yet, but Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa referred a similar bill to the House's committee on immigration this month, with 45 cosponsors. King doesn't recommend formally changing the 14th Amendment--which guarantees citizenship to all persons born in U.S. soil--in his legislation. He instead favors adopting a different interpretation of the amendment that would exclude children of illegal immigrants. A bill to repeal birthright citizenship in 2009 garnered 95 cosponsors but never came to a vote.
Meanwhile, Arizona state lawmakers are introducing four measures today to repeal birthright citizenship within the state, in part to try to draw a lawsuit that would take the issue to the Supreme Court. We wrote about why the courts would likely strike down such measures here.
- Republican Rep. Steve King
- illegal immigrants
- David Vitter
- Rand Paul