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Are you a U.S. citizen if you are born in this country?

According to the 14th Amendment, you are. However, a group of legislators have said they will introduce bills in their state legislatures intended to deny Americans the fundamental protections by requiring states to deny U.S. citizen babies born in the U.S. to immigrant parents.

The proposed legislation directly contradicts the 14th Amendment, which begins this way: “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.”

And while the conversation continues about this, it should be noted that changing this policy would be extremely difficult. Passage of a new constitutional amendment would require a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate, plus the approval of the legislatures of three-quarters of the U.S.

So, why propose the legislation?

Is this just a detractor to the larger subject of immigration reform? Sen. Lindsey Graham is one of several that said that he was thinking of introducing a proposed constitutional amendment because birthright citizenship is a magnet drawing illegals to the United States. Other leaders from Arizona, Georgia, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania all have said they would be in favor of looking at the issue.

Will revoking birthright citizenship really change things? And if it is revoked? Where would you deport these children? If the child has no citizenship to another country and no country would be obligated to take him as one of its own, then where? To the country of his birth parents where there could be no connection?

Can you imagine turning 21 years old to learn that you are to be deported to a country you may have never visited or talked to people that would be considered family by blood? You may not speak that language of the country. You have no connection to the people of the land besides a genealogical one. But, your citizenship has been revoked and you must go.

So, what price is to be paid by the legislation being introduced?

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