Rep. Steve King: Illegal Immigrants Come To America To Get A "Birth Certificate With Little Feet Prints"

May 06, 2011 11:32 am ET

On May 5th, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suggested that hundreds of thousands of "anchor babies" are being born in the United States and incorrectly stated that there is no constitutional requirement to grant them automatic citizenship.

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KING: Another point on the border, to roll back down to the southern border Mr. Speaker and to make this point, is that we have a tourism industry that has to do with anchor babies.

Anchor babies are babies born that are born in the United States to an illegal mother and the practice over the years has been to grant automatic citizenship to babies born on U.S. soil.

It is not a law. It is not a constitutional requirement. It's just a sloppy practice that began that's getting worse and worse and worse.

So we have now in this country somewhere between 340,000 and 750,000 babies born to illegal mothers in America that get automatic citizenship — they're anchor babies.

They sneak into the United States, many of them for the purposes of having the baby, they get the little birth certificate with the little feet prints on there, and they either stay here or go back to their home country and wait until that child comes of age and then use the child to apply to bring in the family, the nuclear family and then the extended family and it's out of control.

340,000 to 750,000 a year. Automatic citizens to America that have essentially unlimited ability to bring their families into the United States.


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