Citizenship Reform Act of 2005, is a bill introduced in Congress that would deny U.S. citizenship to children born to illegal immigrants. Some supporters said it would be a good way to control the number of people who have the right to citizenship. Citizenship is a fundamental right that cannot be taken away by Congress. An estimated 200,000 to 300,000 children are born to illegal immigrants in the United States each year. “The most basic, fundamental right is the right to citizenship in the country where you were born” said by an attorney with the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund. Most children that are born in the U.S. are considered citizens under the 14th amendment in the constitution. However there are people that oppose this and say that the 14th amendment doesn’t cover that.
The interpretation of the 14th Amendment has always been that anyone born within the U.S. is automatically a U.S. citizen with privileges and voting rights when they are considered adults, regardless of whom their parents are.”Citizenship means you have some stake in this country; it’s not just an accident of geography,” said Ira Mehlman, a spokesman of the federation, which supports the measure. This is needed because people are coming to the country to have babies and get government benefits. it’s simply not fair for the children of illegal immigrants and people on tourist visas to receive automatic citizenship, because of their babies.