An amendment to the U.S. Constitution which was put in place to make newly freed slaves instant citizens of the United States has been abused over the years in the case of children of illegal aliens. Have a child in the U.S., regardless if you are a citizen or not, and your child is automatically an American citizen. On the surface, it makes no sense, and two senators are proposing a resolution to eliminate the “anchor” baby practice once and for all.

As reported by The Hill, Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and David Vitter (R-LA) are “introducing a resolution this week that would amend the Constitution so that a person born in the United States could only become an American citizen if one or more of his or her parents is a legal citizen, legal immigrant or member of the armed forces.” In a joint press release, Sen. Paul noted, “Citizenship is a privilege, and only those who respect our immigration laws should be allowed to enjoy its benefits.”

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