Vitter Seeks to Attach Amendment Ending Birthright Citizenship to Anti-Trafficking Bill

Caroline May, Breitbart, March 10, 2015

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) has introduced a measure that would end birthright citizenship as an amendment to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, a bipartisan bill currently under consideration in the Senate.

Vitter’s effort follows the recent federal raids of about 20 alleged birth-tourism locations in Southern California last week.

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“It’s astounding that we’re allowing foreign citizens to exploit the loopholes of our immigration system in this manner, and Congress has the obligation to stop it,” Vitter says.

“This practice comes down to a fundamental misunderstanding of the 14th Amendment, and we can stop the massive problem with some simple clarification,” he added.

The Louisiana Republican’s legislation would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to prevent children born to foreign parents in the U.S. from gaining automatic citizenship. The exceptions to this would be if one of the parents is a US. citizen or a lawful permanent resident, or an immigrant serving in the U.S. military.

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  • Awakened Saxon

    It is pathetic to allow the 14th Amendment to determine the scope of the debate. I doubt the radical egalitarians who wrote it would have any problem with birth tourism. Instead of allowing egalitarians to determine the scope of the debate, Vitter should reject the 14th Amendment entirely. It is a law imposed on us by outsiders and with the intent to dispossess us.

    • Sick of it

      I’m sure he would like to do so, but this has a slim chance of passing.

      • SentryattheGate

        There has been a Republican landslide w/the last election; we have to be vocal! Most Republicans realize that as this country becomes minority White, the party will die out.

        • Anglokraut

          This isn’t about a political party dying–though the prospect of losing power and relevance may get some people with political power to speak out. This is about a country dying, and what will take its place.

          • SentryattheGate

            I realize that; my point is that Vitter is a Republican, and his party should support his bill, and we should let them know we are supporting them (to end birthright citizenship, amnesty, audit the FED, ending Obamacare, ending Common Core, and other issues that are killing our nation).

    • kikz2

      the Chinese are even in on it.. wealthy Chinese…… http://www.cnbc(dot)com/id/102473592

  • John Ambrose

    I will be absolutely gobsmacked if Vitter succeeds, but boy I sure hope he does.

    • Veritas

      It’s a longshot, but I will be rooting for him. At least Vitter is trying to do something to end this insanity. I would like to see someone like him run for president, rather than Jeb “let’s repopulate Detroit with third world immigrants” Bush.

      • Sick of it

        He’s running for Governor of Louisiana.

        • Irish

          I sent a few bucks to another fellow who ran for Governor of Louisiana many years ago.

          • Sick of it

            My family voted for Duke.

  • Anglokraut

    How many thousands of women could he find to testify before Congress that they were smuggled into the country, forcibly impregnated, and made to give birth to an anchor-baby? Make this issue into a sexual exploitation of women and human trafficking of babies story, and hammer away at it until all of Washington has to address the enormity of the crimes they have ignored for fifty years and counting.

    • Deacon Blue

      If only the Blacks could understand the economic impact that illegal crimigrants have on their communities…they might stand up and fight. Meh…probably not.

      • SentryattheGate

        Academia and foundations are working on ways to get blacks and Latinos to unite against Whites via media manipulation and activist groups.

      • kikz2

        newp.. lack of frontal lobe development… they won’t realize it, til it smacks them in the face.

        • Deacon Blue

          And then its Whitey’s fault anyhow…

    • Spikeygrrl

      That dog won’t hunt. There’s NOTHING “forced” about anchor-baby tourism.

  • Luca

    This will at first be called racist for the obvious reasons. If they ever get it passed, I hope the next step is to make it retroactive.

    • MBlanc46

      We have to start making “Thanks for noticing” a standard reply to accusations of “racism”.

  • DonReynolds

    Finally somebody GETS IT……illegal aliens are foreign citizens and not under the jurisdiction of the United States, as specified in the Constitutional amendment…..which was specifically passed to deal with the status of slaves freed by the civil war. By no means was it ever intended to apply to land pirates or invaders.
    Besides, by the Mexican Constitution, anyone born anywhere with at least ONE parent who is Mexican, is considered to be a Mexican citizen. That means even if they are born on US soil, they are still considered a citizen of Mexico. They have a country.

    • Who Me?

      “the Constitutional amendment…..which was specifically passed to deal with the status of slaves freed by the civil war.”
      The civil war ended 150 years ago, Therefore there are no freed slaves to be given legal status left from that era. This is an amendment that has been twisted out of all resemblance to it’s original meaning and should be repealed.

    • mobilebay

      I’v’e often wondered if our elected officials even heard of our immigration laws. If not, they’re either stupid or don’t care if the laws are obeyed or not. My guess is both.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    Do not miss U. of Texas constitutional law professor Lino Graglia’s 30 minutes speech on the history of birthright citizenship.

    Google “Preserving Western Civilization.” Click on top link. Click on “Speakers.” Listen to Professor Graglia (the 5th speaker at the Preserving Western Civilization conference of 2010).

    Graglia is authoritative, engaging.

    • Jason Lewis

      Canada got rid of their birthright citizenship when the Chinese were flying in to have babies.

  • dd121

    That’s how it should have been interpreted all along.

  • james AZ

    Automatic to CANCEL all of birthright citizenships children to foreign parent from 1990 to present!!!!

    • Anglokraut

      Why stop there? Make it retroactive to 1986–because to question the wisdom of anything Ronald Reagan did is now a high-crime in the minds of some.

      • phillyguy

        Make it retro from 1940 on.

        • RedOnTheHead

          Make it 1903 to cover those using 112 year old social security numbers.

      • Spikeygrrl

        Why are a dozen of us AGREEING with this sarcastic TROLL?!

    • Jason Lewis

      Can’t go retroactive but you can turn off the flow.

      • IstvanIN

        A constitutional amendment could revoke citizenship retroactively.

        • InAFreeCountry

          Ex post facto laws are prohibited by the Constitution.

          • John Smith

            Explain gun bans and other prohibition laws with no grandfathering? I don’t like setting a precedent, but I believe it’s already here.

          • IstvanIN

            That is why it would require a constitutional amendment.

  • kikz2

    finally… sanity.

  • Jason Lewis

    Sounds great but it won’t have a chance in D.C. An Article V Convention by the states can get it done. It would be time to push a end to birthright citizenship, a gay marriage ban and a balanced budget ammendment.

    • MBlanc46

      It will certainly fail, but this is necessary to the survival of the nation and we’ve got to start somewhere.

    • SentryattheGate

      A Constitutional Convention (aka Article V, Convention of the States,..) is a BAD idea! It could possibly throw out the Constitution, and replace it with WHAT? We don’t have people of the high caliber as the Founding Fathers. Who would choose the delegates? The existing Constitution already is not adhered to, why would the powers that be adhere to a new one? We would not have so many problems, or have a government spending problem IF the Constitution was adhered to.

      • My take is that the great taste less filling argument about an Art V Convention of the States is moot. It makes as much sense to do one as it does to give a blood transfusion to a dead person.

  • I don’t entirely agree with the language of the bill, but it is a start. It is about time that, instead of resisting liberal “reforms” that we push back, and make some reforms of our own. You can’t win a fight if all you do is try and block the other fellows blows. This bill is a good step in the right direction.

  • Jason Lewis

    He did because he was promised a closed border and deportations of the others and didnt get it. Funny how Dems are saying pass amnesty and we promise to fix the problem after.

    • MBlanc46

      He must have been senile if he passed the amnesty before the border was closed.

      • Irish

        In fairness to Reagan that amnesty was 3-4 million illegals, not the at least 20 million we’re talking about today.

        • MBlanc46

          Nonetheless, I’m very sorry it was done.

          • Irish

            AMEN TO THAT BROTHER!

    • Irish

      Yep, to their credit much of “The base” remembers..How’s that old saying go, Fool me once shame on me …..

    • mobilebay

      Sorta like Pelosi saying, “Let’s pass Obamacare, then find out what’s in it.”

  • Good for him! It is about time we as conservatives start pushing back against the liberal agenda. How dare anyone call this extreme? Extreme is claiming that people in this country illegally have the right to drivers licenses and in state college tuition. Extreme is saying that same sex people can get married! Even the Ancient Greeks didn’t do that. Extreme is a news media and a president openly persecuting people who have been found legally not guilty of any offense whatsoever. Or secretly spying on American citizens, then attempting to silence the whistle blower. Liberals are the ones who are extreme and have a lot to answer for.

    • 李冠毅

      Homosexuality was legal in Ancient Greece, as the Greeks did not have a concept of sexual orientation.

      en[dot]wikipedia[dot]org/wiki/Homosexuality_in_ancient_Greece

      • John Smith

        They did realize that marriage between two persons who fundamentally could not reproduce was pointless.

      • Spikeygrrl

        But homosexual marriage was neither legal nor illegal…because the thought of something so ridiculously twisted and unnatural never even occurred to the ancient Greeks. Or to any other civilization in world history except ours.

      • I realize that we do not know one another personally, but please, I am well aware of the fact the homosexuality was accepted by Ancient Greeks. I will play, “Johnny come lately” and repeat the reply that others-John Smith and Spikeygrrl, have already made: Even the Ancient Greeks didn’t have men marrying men or women doing the same. That is our point. This “Gay Marriage” is apparently without precedent in history. It seems to me at least, another example of Cultural Marxism, of undermining the society.

        • 李冠毅

          Okay, okay, please don’t get mad. I was just pointing out that many ancient societies didn’t discriminate or even mind about homosexuality. Besides, some people just prefer same gender partners, so even if these ancient societies didn’t allow homosexual marriage, many of their homosexuals were recorded to have never married. So what’s the point of prohibiting marriage? As I said, many homosexuals will simply never go straight, and probably will never marry a different gender spouse anyway, so why not let them marry who they like? Most people are primarily heterosexual, so this minority of homosexual marriages probably won’t damage society.

          • SentryattheGate

            I disagree; homosexuals should not push for marriage; they should be satisfied w/legal unions. How about people that prefer young kids or animals—-are you okay with that too?

          • 李冠毅

            No, I’m not fine with those (animals and young children), but I’m talking about SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE behavior here. I don’t think the ancient Greeks took kindly to sex with animals, young children, and group sex. But since homosexuality was already considered socially acceptable, and since many homosexuals will never go straight (like I mentioned in my earlier comment), why not just let the homosexuals make their unions official through marriage, and receive the same benefits and protection (i.e. inheritance) that heterosexual partners enjoy?

          • I just took slight issue with the fact that you seemed to imply that I was ignorant of the sexual behavior of ancient Greeks, which is almost a cliché. No harm done; this is not an argument, only a discussion. Yes, to be honest, let’s admit it: Guys have been, I won’t describe it here, with other guys all through history. That is nothing new. Personally, I think what two consenting adults do in private should be their own business. But, to me, that is not the issue. The issue is the deliberate effort, by radical leftists, to undermine the institution of marriage. I am totally against that. That has nothing to do with “gay rights.” As I already said, even the Greeks allowed sex between men but not marriage. If two guys want to get it on in private, fine. Live and let live. I am liberal enough to not inquire. But don’t try and say that you have the same rights of marriage as we do. That is wrong. Anyway, hopefully you understand my point and no hard feelings. Peace!

      • Max

        Cannibalism was legal among 20th century New Guineans.
        So what?

  • Sid Ishus

    My senators will be receiving a call in the morning.

  • LHathaway

    By the time they close the border all that will do is lock us in with them.

    • mobilebay

      I’ve often thought that when the last three south of our border arrive, we can all go and claim Mexico. Dibs on a condo in Playa del Carmen!

  • Alexandra1973

    After doing a quick Google search anyone can find out that a) The 14th Amendment was never really ratified; and b) The writers of that amendment specifically stated that it wasn’t meant to make anchor babies into citizens.

    Of course a makes b moot.

  • MrC

    Louisianian here. I hate Vitter with the fiery passion of a thousand suns, but if he can get this pushed through, I will vote for him in the next election. Even if he is subsequently found, in the words of our former governor, “with either a dead girl or a live boy”.

  • MBlanc46

    It’s about time that someone steps forward on this. We’ve got to make it an issue that politicians have to take a stand on.

  • A Freespeechzone

    As much as I agree with this move; make NO mistake the number of votes in the Senate to send this to Obama just isn’t there—the Obama A$$ kisser Dems will never vote to stop anchor voters…..

    The ONLY hope we have is to call, write and make Senator’s lives a living hell until they listen to the majority of us…..

  • InAFreeCountry

    Thank you Sen. Vitter! Not a chance of it passing, but thanks for the effort!

  • LeonNJ

    If this ever gets close to passing, I bet we’re going to see MSNBC bring on some black social justice academic who will cry wolf that blacks are the real target for this bill and those cracker Republicans want to ship them back to Africa. Just you wait!

  • John Smith

    This makes too much sense, so it’s obviously… RACIST.

  • Ringo Lennon

    I can’t stand Mexicans.

  • Max

    The bill is an excellent start but still has too many exceptions for my liking.

  • gooberboy9999

    FINALLY. This has been a problem for decades. We need to let it be known far and wide that Vitter has our support.

  • The times we live in:
    Allowing men to marry men, or women to marry women=reasonable and its time has come.
    Securing our border and closing the “anchor baby” loophole=an extreme right wing position.
    Sometimes I feel as though I am living in Alice in Wonderland. Up is down; left is right; good is bad; freedom is slavery.

  • FransSusan

    This is too logical and sensible to pass.