While most of the talked-about controversy over an anti-human trafficking bill in Congress is over a provision that bars federal funding for abortion services, a proposed amendment from a Louisiana senator is also catching heat.
Republican Sen. David Vitter wants to offer an amendment to stop so-called birthright citizenship in which the child of parents in the country illegally is automatically granted citizenship simply because of where it is born here. This is because of an 1898 Supreme Court interpretation of the 14th Amendment.
Harry Reid calls the proposal “Vitter’s stupid amendment.
“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 said in a statement, according to Roll Call. “This practice comes down to a fundamental misunderstanding of the 14th Amendment, and we can stop the massive problem with some simple clarification.”
Now where have we heard that before? Oh, yes:
That was then. This is now.