A Georgia Congressman wants an end to a US policy granting citizenship to anyone born on American shores, the AP reports. “Birthright citizenship” granted by the 14th Amendment, helps fuel illegal immigration, says Republican Nathan Deal, who’s running for governor. But immigration advocates argue that a change wouldn’t stop illegal immigration and runs counter to American ideals.
Deal holds that the amendment wasn’t aimed at the children of illegal immigrants. His backers say it’s an incentive for such immigrants to come and have “anchor babies” who can later sponsor their parents’ entry into the US. But an ACLU rep says the proposal is a “fundamental contradiction to our nation’s long history of welcoming immigrants and bestowing inalienable rights” upon those born in the US.