Thursday, November 8, 2018

Harry Reid proposed legislation ending birthright citizenship in 1993: ‘No sane country would offer a reward…’

Years before President Donald Trump announced plans to issue an executive order ending birthright citizenship, Democrats were already at work to do the same.

The president revealed in an interview with "Axios on HBO" that he planned to end the immigration policy which automatically bestows citizenship on any baby born on U.S. soil.

While his critics will attack Trump for his executive order plans, the idea is not a new one. With more than 150 years as the legal basis for determining citizenship, the long-standing interpretation of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment was challenged by previous administrations and by Democrats.

Former Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid supported putting an end to granting citizenship for any child born in the United States to non-U.S. citizens and once introduced legislation to do so.

The Immigration Stabilization Act of 1993 was introduced by the Nevada Democrat to the Senate Judiciary Committee, but failed to gain traction after being sent to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Refugee Affairs.

"If making it easy to be an illegal alien isn’t enough, how about offering a reward for being an illegal immigrant?" Reid asked in a U.S. Senate floor speech in 1993.

"No sane country would do that, right? Guess again," he said.

"If you break our laws by entering this country without permission and give birth to a child, we reward that child with U.S. citizenship and guarantee a full access to all public and social services this society provides. And that’s a lot of services." he added. "Is it any wonder that two-thirds of babies born at taxpayer expense in country — county-run hospitals in Los Angeles are born to illegal alien mothers?"

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 9th, 2018.]